The Poetical Works of Ebenezer Elliott Volume 1

The Poetical Works of Ebenezer Elliott Volume 1

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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. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...that lingers near, And seems, though blind, on distant hills to gaze. XII. But much he dreads the town's distracting maze, Where all, to him, is full of change and pain. New streets invade the country; and he strays, Lost in strange paths, still seeking, and in vain, For ancient landmarks, or the lonely lane Where oft he play'd at Crusoe, when a boy. Fire vomits darkness, where his lime-trees grew; Harsh grates the saw, where coo'd the wood-dove coy; Tomb crowds on tomb, where violets droop'd in dew; And, brighter than bright heaven, the speedwell blue Cluster'd the bank, where now the town-bred boor (Victim and wretch, whose children never smile, ) Insults the stranger, sightless, old, and poor, On swill'd Saint Monday, with his cronies vile, Drunk for the glory of the holy isle, While pines his wife, and tells to none her woes! XIII. v i Here, Enoch, flaunts no more the wild brier rose, Nor basks the lizard here, or harmless snake. No more the broom, in spring, all golden glows O'er the clear rill, that, whimpering through the brake, Heard thy blythe youth the echoing vale awake. All that was lovely then is gloomy now. Then, no strange paths perplex'd thee--no new streets, Where draymen bawl, while rogues kick up a row; And fishwives grin, while fopling fopling meets; And milk-lad his rebellious donkey beats; While dwarfish cripple shuffles to the wall; And hopeless tradesman sneaks to alehouse mean; And imps of beggary curse their dad, and squall For mammy's gin; and matron, poor and clean, With tearful eye, begs crust for lodger lean; And famish'd weaver, with his children three, Sings hymns for bread; and legless soldier, borne In dog-drawn car, imploreth charity; And thief with steak from butcher runs forlorn; And debtor bows, while banker...show more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236501527
  • 9781236501523