The Poetical Works of John Gay; In Three Volumes. Collated with the Best Editions Volume 1-2

The Poetical Works of John Gay; In Three Volumes. Collated with the Best Editions Volume 1-2

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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. 1808 edition. Excerpt: ... labourer with the bending scythe is seen, 41 Shaving the surface of the waving green; Of all her native pride disrobes the land, And meads lays waste before his sweeping hand; While with the mounting sun the meadow glows, The fading herbage round he loosely throws; 46 But if some sign portend a lasting show'r, The' experienc'd swain foresees the coming hour, His sun-burnt hands the scattering fork forsake, And ruddy damsels ply the saving rake; 50 In rising hills the fragrant harvest grows, And spreads along the field in equal rows, gains, Now when the height of heaven bright Pbcebus Aud level rays cleave wide the thirsty plains, When heifers seek the shade and cooling lake, 55 And in the middle pathway basks the snake, 0 lead me, guard me from the sultry hours! Hide me, ye Forests! in your closest bowers: Where the tall oak his spreading arms entwines, And with the beech a mutual shade comhines; 60 Where flows the murmuring brook, inviting dreams, Where bordering hazel overhangs the streams, Whose rolling current winding round and round, With frequent falls makes all the wood resound, Upon the mossy couch my limbs I cast, 65 And ev'n at noon the sweets of evening taste. Here I peruse the Mantuan's Georgic strains, And learn the labours of Italian swains; In every page I see new landscapes rise, And all Hesperia opens to my eyes: 70 I wander o'er the various rural toil, And know the nature of each different soil. This waving field is gilded o'er with corn, That, spreading trees with blushing fruit adorn; Here I survey the purple vintage grow, 75 Climb round the poles, and rise in graceful row: Now I behold the steed curvet and bound, And paw with restless hoof the smoking ground: The dewlap'd bull now chafes along the plain, While burning more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
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  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236612345
  • 9781236612342