The Poems of Johnson, Gray, Goldsmith, and Collins

The Poems of Johnson, Gray, Goldsmith, and Collins

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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. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...hateful to her sight, Reflected now a perfect fright: Each former art she vainly tries To bring back lustre to her eyes. In vain she tries her paste and creams To smooth her skin, or hide its seams; Her country beaux and city cousins, Lovers no more, flew off by dozens: The squire himself was seen to yield, And e'en the captain quit the field. Poor madam, now condemn'd to hack The rest of life with anxious Jack, M Perceiving others fairly flown, Attempted pleasing him alone. Jack soon was dauled to behold Her present face surpass the old; With modesty her cheeks were dyed, Humility displaces pride; For tawdry finery is seen A person ever neatly clean: No more presuming on her sway, She learns good nature every day: Serenely gay, and strict in duty, Jack finds his wife a perfect beauty. THE LOGICIANS REFUTED IN IMITATION OF DEAN SWIFT LOGICIANS have but ill defined As rational the human mind; Reason, they say, belongs to man, But let them prove it, if they can. Wise Aristotle and Smiglesius, 'By ratiocinations specious, Have strove to prove with great decision, With definition and division, Ho0zo est rations przditum, ' But for my soul I cannot credit 'em: And must in spite of them maintain That man and all his ways are vain; And that this boasted lord of nature Is both a weak and crring creature: That instinct is a surer guide Than reason, boasting mortals' pride; And that brute beasts are far before 'em, Deus est anima firutorum. Who ever knew an honest brute At law his neighbour prosecute; Bring action for assault and battery, Or friend beguile with lies and flattery? O'er plains they ramble unconfined, No politics disturb their mind; They eat their meals, and take their sport, Nor more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236915488
  • 9781236915481