The Works -Of William Cowper Volume 7

The Works -Of William Cowper Volume 7

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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. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ...own With half the chariots and sedans in town Thyself meanwhile e'en shifting as thou mayst; Not very sober though, nor very chaste; Or is thine house, though less superb thy rank, If not a scene of pleasure, a mere blank, And thou at best, and in thy soberest mood, A trifler vain, and empty of all good;--Though mercy for thyself thou canst have none, Hear Nature plead, show mercy to thy son. Saved from his home, where every day brings forth Some mischief fatal to his future worth Find him a better in a distant spot, Within some pious pastor's humble cot, Where vile example (yours I chiefly mean, The most seducing, and the oftenest seen) May never more he stamp'd upon his breast, Not yet perhaps incurably impress'd. Where early rest makes early rising sure, Disease or comes not, or finds easy cure, Prevented much by diet neat and plain; Or, if it enter, soon starved out again: Where all the attention of his faithful host, Discreetly limited to two at most, May raise such fruits as shall reward his care, And not at last evaporate in air: Where, stillness aiding study, and his mind Serene, and to his duties much inclined, Not occupied in day dreams, as at home, Of pleasures past, or follies yet to come, His virtuous toil may terminate at last In settled habit and decided taste. But whom do I advise? the fashion-led, The incorrigibly wrong, the deaf, the dead! Whom care and cool deliberation suit Not better much than spectacles a brute; Who, if their sons some slight tuition share, Deem it of no great moment whose, or where; Too proud to adopt the thoughts of one unknown, And much too gay to have any of their own. But courage, man! methought the Muse replied, Mankind are various, and the world is wide: The ostrich, ...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236848640
  • 9781236848642