The poetical works of ... George Crabbe, with his letters and journals, and his life, by his son [G. Crabbe].

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George Crabbe

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Page 224 - Though I look old, yet I am strong and lusty: For in my youth I never did apply Hot and rebellious liquors in my blood; Nor did not with unbashful forehead woo The means of weakness and debility; Therefore my age is as a lusty winter, Frosty, but kindly: let me go with you; I'll do the service of a younger man In all your business and necessities.
Page 10 - Where the thin harvest waves its withered ears ; Rank weeds, that every art and care defy, Reign o'er the land and rob the blighted rye : There thistles stretch their prickly arms afar, And to the ragged infant threaten war; There poppies nodding, mock the hope of toil...
Page 319 - When the ear heard him, then it blessed him: and when the eye saw him, it gave witness to him. Because he delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him. The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon him; and he caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
Page 214 - The ring so worn, as you behold, So thin, so pale, is yet of gold : The passion such it was to prove ; Worn with life's cares, love yet was love.
Page 133 - Out of doors he had always some object in view — a flower, or a pebble, or his note-book, in his hand ; and in the house, if he was not writing, he was reading. He read aloud very often even when walking, or seated by the side of his wife, in the huge old-fashioned one-horse chaise, heavier than a modern chariot, in which they usually were conveyed in their little excursions, and the conduct of which he, from awkwardness and absence of mind, prudently relinquished to my mother on all occasions.
Page 209 - I think those hymns which do not immediately recall the warm and exalted language of the Bible are apt to be, however elegant, rather cold and flat for the purposes of devotion. You will readily believe that I do not approve of the vague and indiscriminate scripture language which the fanatics of old and the modern Methodists have adopted...
Page 97 - Beaconsfield, the seat of his protector, and was there placed in a convenient apartment, supplied with books for his information and amusement, and made a member of a family whom it was honour as well as pleasure to become in any degree associated with.
Page 161 - From that time his health began to amend rapidly, and his constitution was renovated ; a rare effect of opium, for that drug almost always inflicts some partial injury, even when it is necessary : but to him it was only salutary — and to a constant but slightly increasing dose of it may be attributed his long and generally healthy life.
Page 262 - ... something in the effect of a sudden fall of snow that appeared to stimulate him in a very extraordinary manner. It was during a great snow storm that, shut up in his room, he wrote almost currente calamo his Sir Eustace Grey.
Page 119 - Crabbe's poem, which I read with great delight. It is original, vigorous, and elegant. " The alterations which I have made I do not require him to adopt, for my lines are, perhaps, not often better than his own ; but he may take mine and his own together, and perhaps between them produce something better than either. He is not to think his copy wantonly defaced. A wet sponge will wash all the red lines away, and leave the page clear.

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