Gray; Selected Poems

Gray; Selected Poems

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...and calls around The sleeping fragrance from the ground; And lightly o'er the living scene Scatters his freshest, tenderest green. New-bor n flocks, in rustic dance, Frisking ply their feeble feet; 10 Forgetful of their wintry trance, The Birds his presence greet: But chief, the Sky-lark warbles high His trembling thrilling ecstasy; And, lessening from the dazzled sight, 15 Melts into air and liquid light. Rise, my soul! on wings of fire, Rise the rapturous choir among; Hark! 'tis nature strikes the lyre, And leads the general song: 20 Yesterday the sullen year Saw the snowy whirlwind fly; Mute was the musick of the air, The Herd stood drooping by: Their raptures now that wildly flow, 25 No yesterday, nor morrow know; 'Tis man alone that Joy descries With forward and reverted eyes. Smiles on past Misfortune's brow Soft Reflection's hand can trace; 30 And o'er the cheek of Sorrow throw A melancholy grace; While Hope prolongs our happier hour, Or deepest shades, that dimly lower And blacken round our weary way, 35 Gilds with a gleam of distant day. Still, where rosy Pleasure leads, See a kindred Grief pursue; Behind the steps that Misery treads, Approaching Comfort view: 40 The hues of Bliss more brightly glow, Chastised by sabler tints of woe; And blended form, with artful strife, The strength and harmony of Life. See the Wretch, that long has 'tost 45 On the thorny bed of Pain, At length repair his vigour lost, And breathe and walk again: The meanest flowret of the vale, The simplest note that swells the gale, 50 The common Sun, the air, the skies, To him are opening Paradise. Humble quiet builds her cell, Near the source whence Pleasure flows: She eyes the clear chrystalline well, 55 And tastes it as it goes. Far below, the crowd. Where broad...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123662159X
  • 9781236621597