Readings in English Poetry Volume 1

Readings in English Poetry 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. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ... elamorons horn along the clifi"s above; The hollow murmur of the ocean-tide; The hum of bees, the innet s lay of love, And the full choir that wakes the universal grove. The cottage-curs at early pilgrim bark; Crowned with her pail the tripping milkmaid sings; The whistling ploughman stalks afield; and, hark! Down the rough slope the ponderous wagon rings; Through rustling corn the hare astonished springs; Slow tolls the village-clock the drowsy hour; The partridge bursts away on whirring wings; Deep mourns the turtle in sequestered bower, And shrill lark carols clear from her aerial tower. JAMES BEATTIE-(1735--1803.) THE CHAMELEON. Oft has it been my lot to mark A proud, conceited, talking spark,1) With eyes that hardly served at most To guard their master gainst a post; Yet round the world the blade ) has been, To see whatever could be seen. Returning from his finished tour, Grown ten times perter than before; Whatever word you chance to drop, The travelled fool your mouth will stop:, Sir, if my judgment you ll allow--1 ve seen--and sure I ought to know. ---So begs you ll pay a due submission, And acquiesce in his decision. Two travellers of such a cast, As o er Arabia s wilds they passed, And on their way, in friendly chat, Now talked of this, and then of that; Discoursed awhile, mongst other matter, Of the Chameleon s form and nature., A stranger animal, cries one, Sure never lived beneath the sun: A lizard s body, lean and long, A fish's head, a serpent s tongue, Its foot with triple claw disjoined; And what a length of tail behind! How slow its pace! and then its hue Who ever saw so fine a blue?," Hold there, the other quick...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236636953
  • 9781236636959