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admirable appears Author beauty beneath birds bless BLOOMFIELD Book Bury calls cares character charm cheer close cloud cold comes dark delight Drake earth fair fame Farmer's Boy feels field flow flower follow Friend Giles give green hand happy head hear heart Heaven hope interesting kind labour late less light lives load looks loud Love manner meet merits Midst mind morn Nature never night o'er pain pass pastures path peace person play pleasure Poem poor praise pride Public pursue reason rest rise Robert round rural says scene seen sentiment share side smiles snow song soon soul speaks spread Spring step stream strong Summer sweet taste tender thine thou thought Till tion toil true turn verse Village warm Whilst whole Winter wood yields young
Page 22 - Away they scour, impetuous, ardent, strong, The green turf trembling as they bound along ; Adown the slope, then up the hillock climb, Where every molehill is a bed of thyme ; There panting stop ; yet scarcely can refrain ; A bird, a leaf, will set them off again : Or, if a gale with strength unusual blow, Scattering the wild-briar roses into snow, Their little limbs increasing efforts try, Like the torn flower the fair assemblage fly.
Page 47 - The widening distance which I daily see, Has Wealth done this? - then Wealth's a foe to me; Foe to our rights ; that leaves a powerful few The paths of emulation to pursue: For emulation stoops to us no more: The hope of humble industry is o'er; The blameless hope, the cheering sweet presage Of future comforts for declining age.
Page 46 - tis the peasant's curse, That hourly makes his wretched station worse; Destroys life's intercourse; the social plan That rank to rank cements, as man to man...
Page 27 - THE FARMER'S life displays in every part A moral lesson to the sensual heart. Though in the lap of Plenty, thoughtful still, He looks beyond the present good or ill ; Nor estimates alone one blessing's worth, From changeful seasons, or capricious earth, But views the future with the present hours, And looks for failures as he looks for showers ; For casual as for certain want prepares...
Page 21 - Or gazed in merry clusters by your side ? 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 83 - Another Spring !" his heart exulting cries ; " 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.:—...
Page 35 - Hark ! where the sweeping scythe now rips along Each sturdy Mower, emulous and strong, Whose writhing form meridian heat defies, Bends o'er his work, and every sinew tries ; Prostrates the waving treasure at his feet, But spares the rising clover, short and sweet.
Page 29 - He comes, but comes in vain, Dry dust beneath the bubbling surface lurks And mocks his pains the more, the more he works ; Still, midst huge clods, he plunges on forlorn, That laugh his harrows and the shower to scorn. E'en thus the living clod, the stubborn fool...
Page 74 - In part these nightly terrors to dispel, Giles, ere he sleeps, his little flock must tell. From the fireside with many a shrug he hies, Glad if the full-orb'd moon salute his eyes, And through th' unbroken stillness of the night Shed on his path her beams of cheering light.
Page 13 - Reluctance marks their steps, sedate and slow ; The right of conquest all the law they know ; The strong press on, the weak by turns succeed, And one superior always takes the lead ; Is ever foremost, wheresoe'er they stray ; Allow'd precedence, undisputed sway ; With jealous pride her station is maintain'd, For many a broil that post of honour gain'd.