The Poetical Works of Robert Bloomfield

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George Routledge & Company, 1857 - Country life in literature - 226 pages

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Page 154 - Particular manners can be known to few, and therefore few only can judge how nearly they are copied.
Page 36 - With sunburnt hands and ale-enliven'd face, Refills the jug his honour'd host to tend, To serve at once the master and the friend; Proud thus to meet his smiles, to share his tale, His nuts, his conversation, and his ale.
Page 209 - A glorious harvest filled my eager sight, Half shocked, half waving in a flood of light ; On that poor cottage roof where I was born, The sun looked down as In life's early morn. I gazed around, but not a soul...
Page 56 - Another Year ! with promised blessings rise !— Eternal Power! from whom those blessings flow, Teach me still more to wonder, more to know : Seed-time and Harvest let me see again ; Wander the leaf-strewn wood, the frozen plain: Let the first flower, corn-waving field, plain, tree,' Here round my home, still lift my soul to thee ; And let me ever, midst thy bounties, raise An humble note of thankfulness and praise !" (1) These two lines ran in the MS.:— " Pierce the dark wood and brave the sultry...
Page 36 - Here once a year Distinction, low'rs its crest, The master, servant, and the merry guest, Are equal all ; and round the happy ring The reaper's eyes exulting glances fling, And, warm'd with gratitude, he quits his place, With sun-burnt hands and...
Page 53 - The rising vapours catch the silver light ; Thence fancy measures, as they parting fly, Which first will throw its shadow on the eye, Passing the source of light ; and thence away, Succeeded quick by brighter still than they.
Page 134 - twas his fate to thrive : And long he lived and spread his fame, And kept the joke alive. For many a laugh went through the vale, And some conviction too : Each thought some other goblin tale, Perhaps, was just as true.
Page 210 - Beneath my elbow, on the solid frame, Appeared the rough initials of my name, Cut forty years before ! The same old clock Struck the same bell, and gave my heart a shock I never can forget. A short breeze sprung, And while a sigh was trembling on my tongue, Caught the old dangling almanacs...
Page 26 - Ye who can smile, to wisdom no disgrace, At the arch meaning of a Kitten's face : If spotless innocence, and infant mirth, Excites to praise, or gives reflection birth ; In shades like these pursue your fav'rite joy, 'Midst Nature's revels, sports that never cloy.
Page 25 - Neglected now the early daisy lies : Nor thou, pale primrose, bloom'st the only prize : Advancing Spring profusely spreads abroad Flowers of all hues, with sweetest fragrance stored; Where'er she treads, Love gladdens every plain, Delight on tiptoe bears her lucid train ; Sweet Hope with conscious brow before her flies, Anticipating wealth from summer skies...

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