Takings; or, The life of a collegian, a poem [by T. Gaspey] illustr. by 26 etchings from designs by R. Dagley

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Page 13 - I was pleased with the reply of a gentleman, who, being asked which book he esteemed most in his library, answered, — " Shakespeare : " being asked which he esteemed next best, replied,—
Page 4 - JBramble — he was at that very moment one of the most moving spectacles of human melancholy I have ever witnessed. It was one evening I saw a tall, famished, melancholy man enter a bookseller's shop, his hat flapped over his eyes, and his whole frame evidently feeble from exhaustion and utter misery. The bookseller inquired how he proceeded in his new tragedy. "Do not talk to me about my tragedy...
Page 5 - Invade resplendent Pomp's imperious mien, The charms of Beauty, or the boast of Praise. Ask we for what fair end, the Almighty Sire In mortal bosoms wakes this gay contempt, These grateful stings of laughter, from disgust Educing pleasure ? Wherefore, but to aid The tardy steps of Reason, and at once By this prompt impulse urge us to depress The giddy aims of Folly...
Page 118 - ... hand. How mighty the change, could you now be withdrawn! Full many a ranting MP would not spout, If no journal could issue the following dawn, To tell all the world what he spouted about. Poets, printers, and critics, and playwrights must go, With library-keepers, and booksellers gay, While patriots and loyal petitioners low, Would be laid, in a moment, if you were away. Were this beneficial ?—Hang me, if I know! Much wisdom you furnish; but, 'twixt you and me, You give too of folly so boundless...
Page 117 - ... scribes would produce, By their labours in prose, or their frolics in rhymes ; If the nonsense which you have on all countries hurl'd, Had never been written—of course never read— Had so much of folly been spared to the world, Or would it have burst forth in actions instead ? The mischief you've done, as I cannot now write, Of folio volumes a thousand or two, I will not approach at this time of the night, For the terrible task I should never get through; But just in a general way I may hint,...
Page 119 - And, being uncertain, perhaps 'tis as well To finish my musings just where they begun. But, dear ABC think not hostile my lay ; In spite of misgivings, attach'd to you still, A sword of defence I would not throw away, Because an assassin may use it to kill. Takings; or, the Life of a Collegian. THE PRESS AND LIBERTY. Written for the Manchester Typographical Society. AIR.—" We shall ne'er see the like again.
Page 5 - Though the light Of truth slow-dawning on the inquiring mind, At length unfolds, through many a subtile tie, How these uncouth disorders end at last In public evil : yet benignant Heaven, Conscious how dim the dawn of truth appears To thousands ; conscious what a scanty pause From labours and from care, the wider lot Of humble life affords for studious thought To scan the maze of nature ; therefore stamp'd The glaring scenes with characters of scorn, As...
Page 117 - Must needs have been sought, if we coald not have had Novels, histories, newspapers, poems and plays. They little foresaw, who first call'd for your use, The part you would have to perform in late times, The odd combinations that scribes would produce, By their labours in prose, or their frolics in rhymes. If the nonsense which you have on all countries hurl'd, Had never been written — of course never read, Had so much of folly been spared to the world ? Or would it have burst forth in actions...
Page 5 - What were it but to count each crystal drop Which morning's dewy fingers on the blooms Of May distil? Suffice it to have said...
Page 118 - ... folio volumes a thousand or two, I will not approach at this time of the night, For the terrible task I should never get through; But just in a general way I may hint, Though Liberty's interests by you may prevail, Your agency giving opinions to print, Has doom'd many hundreds to languish in gaol. How the savage must stare, in the world's ruder state, At the part play'd by you, when he suddenly found, While conference joining, or eager debate, Twas your's to arrest, and to shape reduce sound,...

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