Lines addressed to a noble lord [lord Byron] by one of the small fry of the Lakes [miss Barker].

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1815
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Page 16 - ... respectable persons. But it belongs to a genius like his, to overcome such difficulties ; and he will never be thoroughly nor universally pleasing, till he learns to bespeak our interest for beings a little more like those whom we have been accustomed to love and admire. We must say a word or two, also, upon the faults of his style and diction — some of which seem to be growing into manner and habit with him. He has a sort of emphatic obscurity, for instance, every now and then, that is always...
Page 15 - HA ha ! ha ha ! This world doth pass Most merrily I'll be sworn, For many an honest Indian ass Goes for a unicorn. Fara diddle dyno, This is idle fyno. Tie hie ! tie hie ! O sweet delight ! He tickles this age that can Call Tullia's ape a marmasyte And Leda's goose a swan.
Page 6 - Blessed hope deducing thence From Divine Omnipotence ! VIII. Come then — discontented creature ! Come, and glory in thy nature ! See the joys of innocence, See the Wise Man's recompence ! Every echo of our mountains, Every streamlet of our fountains, Tribute pays, and witnesses To our Poets' happiness. Blest and blessing here live they For this frail life's transient day, Fix'd yet soaring, bound yet free, For Time and for Eternity. IX. Sweeter strains were never sung Greenwood bowers or shades...
Page 7 - ... were never sung Greenwood bowers or shades among, Never heard the listening Earth, From the moment of her birth, Nobler-sounding minstrelsy, Than, in holy extacy Here enwrapt, our Poets chaunt Beneath this gorgeous firmament : Gentle hearts their persons loving, Lofty minds their works approving. X. Not to glitter and decay, Not to live a Summer's day ; Not for praise, nor in despite Do our Poets think and write. Nature formed them, bounteously Sons of Immortality ; Great, above thy mind's conceiving...
Page 19 - Ktill, he engages to be more cautious in giving out words of good augury for the future !" It may very safely be predicted, that Messrs. Hogg and Tennant will soon laugh at his criticisms ; indeed he proves that he is not entirely satisfied with one chiel's obedience at this present time.
Page 7 - ... mountains, Every streamlet of our fountains, Tribute pays, and witnesses To our Poets' happiness. Blest and blessing here live they For this frail life's transient day, Fix'd yet soaring, bound yet free, For Time and for Eternity. IX. Sweeter strains were never sung Greenwood bowers or shades among, Never heard the listening Earth, From the moment of her birth, Nobler-sounding minstrelsy, Than, in holy extacy Here enwrapt, our Poets chaunt Beneath this gorgeous firmament: Gentle hearts their...
Page 1 - Halt in thy insane career ! II. Reveller ! who walk'st in light, Crown'd with baneful Aconite ; Holding forth (that spirits dull May be cheer'd,) a goblet skull, Whence thy morbid soul has quaff'd. Many a foul, Avernian draught, Fraught with sulphurous exhalations Steam'd from Pluto's habitations ; Ere she taste that cup again...
Page 1 - ARD ! whose Pegasus is one Such as Demons ride upon ; (Such the fashion of the horse, The fortune of the way far worse ; With Vanity — a shadowy cur Barking behind ; — Remorse the spur And the goal — Annihilation, Which he seeks in desperation, Yet disturb'd by shocks of fear,) Bard, if thou the voice canst hear, Halt in thy insane career ! II. Reveller ! who walk'st in light, Crown'd with baneful Aconite ; Holding forth (that spirits dull May be cheer'd,) a goblet skull, Whence thy morbid...

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