A Selection, in Prose and Verse: With Some Original Pieces

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Ann Gibbs
Waters, 1803 - 123 pages
 

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Page 99 - No radiant pearl, which crested fortune wears, No gem, that twinkling hangs from beauty's ears, Not the bright stars, which night's blue arch adorn, Nor rising suns that gild the vernal morn, Shine with such lustre as the tear that flows Down virtue's manly cheek for others
Page 22 - But yonder comes the powerful King of Day, Rejoicing in the east. The lessening cloud, The kindling azure, and the mountain's brow Illum'd with fluid gold, his near approach Betoken glad.
Page 72 - Admonish a friend, it may be he hath not done it : and if he have done it, that he do it no more. Admonish thy friend, it may be he hath not said it : and if he have, that he speak it not again. Admonish a friend: for many times it is a slander, and believe not every tale.
Page 35 - Puts on the robe she neither sewed nor spun ; The birds on ground, or on the branches green, Hop to and fro, and glitter in the sun. Soon as o'er eastern hills the morning peers, From her low nest the tufted lark upsprings And, cheerful singing, up the air she steers ; Still high she mounts, still loud and sweet she sings.
Page 36 - Beneath the blithesome shepherd's watchful eye, The cheerful lambkins dance and frisk around. Now is the time for those who wisdom love, Who love to walk in virtue's flowery road, Along the lovely paths of spring to rove, And follow nature up to nature's God.
Page 32 - The scentless and the scented rose ; this red And of an humbler growth, the other* tall. And throwing up into the darkest gloom Of neighbouring cypress, or more sable yew, Her silver globes, light as the foamy surf That the wind severs from the broken wave...
Page 111 - The excellence of this work is not exactness but copiousness; particular lines are not to be regarded; the power is in the whole, and in the whole there is a magnificence like that ascribed to Chinese plantation, the magnificence of vast extent and endless diversity.
Page 111 - Three shining cherubs form'd her train, Wav'd their light wings, and reach'd the plain : Faith, with...
Page 86 - O, whether by thy prime decree ordain'd To days of future life ; or whether now The mortal hour is instant, still vouchsafe, Parent and friend ! to guide me blameless on Through this dark scene of...
Page 11 - ... ease. The same month has the merit of producing the ranunculus : all bold and graceful, it expands the riches of its foliage, and acquires by degrees the loveliest enamel in the world. As persons of intrinsic worth disdain the superficial arts of recommendation practised by fops, so this lordly flowing flower scorns to borrow any of its excellence from powders and essences.

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