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Hush! my dear, lie still and slumber;
Holy angels guard thy bed!

Heavenly blessings without number

Gently falling on thy head.

Hark! from the tombs a doleful sound.

Hora Lyrica. Book ii.


The mind's the standard of the man.



The Bastard. Line 7.

He lives to build, not boast a generous race: No tenth transmitter of a foolish face.



The Parting Kiss.

One kind kiss before we part,
Drop a tear and bid adieu;
Though we sever, my fond heart

Till we meet shall pant for you.



Adventures of Five Hours. Act v. Sc. 3.

He is a fool who thinks by force or skill
To turn the current of a woman's will.



Epilogue to Zara.

First, then, a woman will, or won't, — depend on 't ;
If she will do 't, she will; and there's an end on 't.
But, if she won 't, since safe and sound your trust is,
Fear is affront: and jealousy injustice.*

Verses Written on a Window in Scotland.

Tender handed stroke a nettle,

And it stings you for your pains;
Grasp it like a man of mettle,

And it soft as silk remains.

"T is the same with common natures:
Use 'em kindly, they rebel;
But be rough as nutmeg-graters,
And the rogues obey you well.

* The following lines are copied from the pillar erected on the mount in the Dane John Field, Canterbury:

"Where is the man who has the power and skill

To stem the torrent of a woman's will?

For if she will, she will, you may depend on 't;

And if she won 't, she won't; so there's an end on 't."




Spring. Line 1.

Come, gentle Spring! ethereal Mildness! come.

Line 283.

Base envy withers at another's joy,
And hates that excellence it cannot reach.

Line 465.

But who can paint

Like Nature? Can imagination boast,
Amid its gay creation, hues like hers?

Line 996.

Amid the roses fierce Repentance rears

Her snaky crest.

Line 1149.

Delightful task! to rear the tender thought,
To teach the young idea how to shoot.

Line 1158.

An elegant sufficiency, content,

Retirement, rural quiet, friendship, books,
Ease and alternate labor, useful life,
Progressive virtue, and approving Heaven!

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The meek-eyed Morn appears, mother of dews.

The Seasons - Continued.

Line 81.

But yonder comes the powerful King of Day
Rejoicing in the east.

Line 946.

Ships dim-discovered, dropping from the clouds.

Line 1188.

Sighed and looked unutterable things.

Line 1285.

A lucky chance, that oft decides the fate
Of mighty monarchs.

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So stands the statue that enchants the world,
So bending tries to veil the matchless boast,
The mingled beauties of exulting Greece.

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Needs not the foreign aid of ornament,

But is when unadorned, adorned the most.

Line 233.

For still the world prevailed, and its dread laugh, Which scarce the firm philosopher can scorn.

Winter. Line 1.

See Winter comes, to rule the varied year.

The Seasons - Continued.

Line 393.

Cruel as death, and hungry as the grave.

Line 626.

The kiss, snatched hasty from the sidelong maid.

Hymn. Line 1.

These as they change, Almighty Father! these Are but the varied God. The rolling year

Is full of Thee.

Line 25.

Shade, unperceived, so softening into shade.

Line 114.

From seeming evil still educing good.

Line 118.

Come then, expressive silence, muse his praise.

Castle of Indolence.

Canto i. St. 69.

A little round, fat, oily man of God.


Act ii. Sc. 5.

Rule Britannia, Britannia rules the waves;

Britons never will be slaves.

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