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" Say, Father Thames, for thou hast seen Full many a sprightly race Disporting on thy margent green The paths of pleasure trace, Who foremost now delight to cleave With pliant arm thy glassy wave ? The captive linnet which enthrall? "
The Poetical Works: Of Thomas Gray, ... with Some Account of His Life and ... - Page 11
by Thomas Gray - 1800 - 223 pages
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A Careful Longing: The Poetics and Problems of Nostalgia

Aaron Santesso - 2006 - 221 pages
...youth "with naked arm once more dividing]" the "yielding wave" of the Thames, which anticipates Gray's "Who foremost now delight to cleave / With pliant arm thy glassy wave?" Gray may have read the Croxall poem before writing his own ode, but there is no need to posit direct...
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