The Works of the British Poets; With Prefaces, Biographical and Critical Volume 5

The Works of the British Poets; With Prefaces, Biographical and Critical Volume 5

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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. 1795 edition. Excerpt: ...fwttt at night. The Anthcniis, a small but glorious Flow'r, Scarce rears his head, yet has a giant's tow'r; Forces the lurking fever to retreat, (Enfconc'd, like Cacus' in his smoky scat) Recruits the feeble joints, and gives them ease; He makes the burning inundation cease; And when his force against the stone is sent, He breaks the rock, and gives the waters vent. Not thunder finds through rocks so swift a course, Nor gold the rampir'd town so soon can force. Bluebottle, thee my numbers fain would raise. And thy complexion challenges my praise; Thy countenance, like Summer-skies, is fair But, ah' how diff'rent thy vile manners are! Ceres for this excludes thee from my song, And swains, to gods and me a sacred throng: A treach'rous guest, destruction thou dost bring To th' hospitable field where thou dost spring: Thou blunt'st the very reaper's sickle, and lb In life and death becom'st the farmer's foe. The Tliici Mow'r does next our song invite, Dreadful at once, and lovely to the sight: His beard all bristly, all unkemb'd his hair, Ev'n his wreath'd horns the fame rough aspect His visage, too, a wat'rish blue adorns, bear Like Achclous, e'er his head wore horns: Nor without reason, (prudent Nature's care Gives Plants a form that might their use declare) Dropsies it cures, and makes moist bodies dry, It bids the waters pass, the frighted waters fly; Does through the body's secret channels run, A water-goddess in the little world of man. But fay, Corn Violet, why thou dost claim Of Venus' Looking-glass the pompous name f Thy studded purple vies, I must confess, With the most noble aud Patrician dress; Yet wherefore Venus' Looking-glass? that name Her offspring Rose did ne'er presume to claim. Antirrhinon, more modest, takes the style Of...show more

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  • Paperback | 664 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 34mm | 1,166g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236631145
  • 9781236631145