Poems and songs on different subjects

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A. Mackay, 1810 - 180 pages
 

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Page 57 - There at the foot of yonder nodding beech That wreathes its old fantastic roots so high, His listless length at noontide would he stretch, And pore upon the brook that babbles by.
Page 43 - Poor naked wretches, wheresoe'er you are, That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm, How shall your houseless heads and unfed sides, Your loop'd and window'd raggedness, defend you From seasons such as these ? O, I have ta'en Too little care of this ! Take physic, pomp ; Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel, That thou mayst shake the superflux to them, And show the heavens more just.
Page 50 - Remembrance wakes with all her busy train, Swells at my breast, and turns the past to pain.
Page 39 - Canst thou not minister to a mind diseas'd ; Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow; Raze out the written troubles of the brain ; And with some sweet oblivious antidote Cleanse the stuffd bosom of that perilous stuff Which weighs upon the heart?
Page 180 - So, midst the snow of Age, a boastful air Still on the war-worn veteran's brow attends ; Still his big bones his youthful prime declare, Tho', trembling o'er the feeble crutch, he bends.
Page 175 - Norway, represented to the company the necessity they were under of continuing in motion, however they might £eel themselves attacked by a lassitude and sluggishness ; and assured them, that whoever sat down would sleep, and whoever slept would wake no more. They had not proceeded far before the effects apprehended began. to be felt, and he, who had thus cautioned others, was the first to declare himself unable to observe his own precept ; at length, over.
Page 175 - ... rewarded by their finding a variety of undescribed plants ; but the day, however, was now so far spent that it was impossible to return to the ship that night ; while the cold had by this time become very intense, and such large quantities of snow had fallen, that the most dreary prospect pre. sented itself. Whilst they were proceeding in search of the nearest valley, Dr. Solander, who was well acquainted with the effects of intense cold, having passed over the mountains that divide Sweden and...
Page 174 - They presently found great and unexpected impediments in their pro. gress, by deep swamps and thick underwood, so that it was three o'clock in the afternoon before they could ascend a mountain of moderate height ; when suddenly the air, which had been till then serene and mild, became cold and piercing, and snow began to fall ; notwithstanding which, they proceeded, in expectation of reaching the rocky part of the hill, that lay before them at a small distance. Their perseverance, indeed, was rewarded...
Page 68 - The bell strikes one. We take no note of time, But from its loss. To give it then a tongue, Is wise in man. As if an angel spoke, I feel the solemn sound. If heard aright, It is the knell of my departed hours: Where are they?
Page 174 - July in the northern, prove the changeableness of the weather, and the severity of the cold. Sir Joseph (then Mr.) Banks and Dr. Solander were desirous of availing themselves of a fine day, which, in that climate, is very rare, even at that time of the year, to explore a country which had never been visited by any botanist. For this purpose, they went on shore early in the morning, being twelve in company. They presently found great and unexpected impediments in their progress, by deep swamps and...

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