The Poets of the First Half of the Reign. the Novelist-Poets

The Poets of the First Half of the Reign. the Novelist-Poets

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...a colloquy. Over the broad hill creeps a beam, Like hope that gilds a good man's brow, And now ascends the nostril-stream Of stalwart horses come to plough. Ye rigid Ploughmen, bear in mind---Your labor is for future hours! Advance--spare not--nor look behind----Plough deep and straight with all your powers. ' THERE is no God, ' the wicked saith, ' And truly it 's a blessing, For what He might have done with us It 's better only guessing.' ' There is no God, ' a youngster thinks, 'Or really, if there may be, He surely did n't mean a man Always to be a baby.' ' There is no God, or if there is, ' The tradesman thinks, ' 't were funny If He should take it ill in me To make a little money.' ' Whether there be, ' the rich man says, 'It matters very little, For I and mine, thank somebody, Are not in want of victual.' Some others, also, to themselves, Who scarce so much as doubt it, Think there is none, when they are well, And do not think about it. But country folks who live beneath The shadow of the steeple; The parson and the parson's wife, And mostly married people; Youths green and happy in first love, So thankful for illusion; And men caught out in what the world Calls guilt, in first confusion; ACTION, that staggers me. For I had hoped, 'Midst weakness, indolence, frivolity, Irresolution, still had hoped; and this Seems sacrificing hope. Better to wait: The wise men wait; it is the foolish haste, And ere the scenes are in the slides would play, And while the instruments are tuning, dance. I see Napoleon on the heights intent To arrest that one brief unit of loose time Which hands high Victory's...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236767373
  • 9781236767370