Favourite English Poems and Poets; Illustrated with Three Hundred and Twenty Engravings on Wood from Drawings by Eminent Artists

Favourite English Poems and Poets; Illustrated with Three Hundred and Twenty Engravings on Wood from Drawings by Eminent Artists

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ...o'ertops the mouldering wall; And trembling, shrinking from the spoiler's hand, Far, far away thy children leave the land. Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay: Princes and lords may flourish, or may fade, A breath can make them, as a breath has made: But a bold peasantry, their country's pride, When once dcstroy'd, can never be supplied. A time there was, ere England's griefs began, When every rood of ground maintained its man; For him light labour spread her wholesome store, Just gave what life required, but gave no more; His best companions, innocence and health; And his best riches, ignorance of wealth. But times are alter'd; trade's unfeeling train Usurp the land, and dispossess the swain, Along the lawn, where scatter'd hamlets rose, Unwieldy wealth and cumbrous pomp repose: And every want to luxury allied, And every pang that folly pays to pride. Those gentle hours that plenty bade to bloom, Those calm desires that ask'd but little room, Those healthful sports that graced the peaceful scene, Lived in each look, and brighten'd all the green; These, far departing, seek a kinder shore, And rural mirth and manners are no more. GOLDSMITH. 1731-74. Sweet Auburn! parent of the blissful hour, Thy glades forlorn confess the tyrant's power. Here, as.I take my solitary rounds Amidst thy tangling walks and ruin'd grounds, And, many a year elapsed, return to view Where once the cottage stood, the hawthorn grew, Remembrance wakes with all her busy train, Swells at my breast, and turns the past to pain. In all my wanderings round this world of care, In all my griefs--and God has given my share--To husband out life's taper...
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  • Paperback | 138 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 259g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236831853
  • 9781236831859