The Works of the Rev. George Crabbe: In Eight Volumes, Volume 7

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John Murray, 1823
 

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Page 44 - And bless'd the shower that gave me not to choose. In fact, I felt a languor stealing on ; The active arm, the agile hand were gone ; Small daily actions into habits grew, And new dislike to forms and fashions new : I loved my trees in order to dispose, I number'd peaches, look'd how stocks arose, Told the same story oft— in short, began to prose.
Page 191 - Oft had he stood before, alert and gay, To hail the glories of the new-born day : But now dejected, languid, listless, low, He saw the wind upon the water blow, And the cold stream curl'd onward as the gale From the pine-hill blew harshly down the dale ; On the right side the youth a wood survey'd, With all its dark intensity of shade ; Where the rough wind alone was heard to move...
Page 193 - Regret, uncheck'd by hope, devours his mind, He feels unhappy, and he grows unkind. " Fool! to be taken by a rosy cheek, " And eyes that cease to sparkle or to speak; " Fool! for this child my freedom to resign, " When one the glory of her sex was mine; " While from this burthen to my soul I hide, " To think what Fate has dealt, and what denied.
Page 192 - Took their short flights, and twitter'd on the lea ; And near the bean-sheaf stood, the harvest done, And slowly blacken'd in the sickly sun ; All these were sad in nature, or they took Sadness from him, the likeness of his look, And of his mind — he ponder'd for a while, Then met his Fanny with a borrow'd smile.
Page 148 - Nor can explain the feelings of the heart ; " Yet memory since has aided me to trace " The horrid features of that dismal place. " There she reclined unmoved, her bosom bare " To her companion's unimpassion'd stare, " And my wild wonder : — Seat of virtue ! chaste "As lovely once ! O ! how wert thou disgraced...
Page 43 - Six years had passed, and forty ere the six, When Time began to play his usual tricks : The locks once comely in a virgin's sight, Locks of pure brown, displayed the encroaching white ; The blood, once fervid, now to cool began, And Time's strong pressure to subdue the man. I rode or walked as I was wont before, But now the bounding spirit was no more ; A moderate pace would now my body heat, A walk of moderate length distress my feet. I...
Page 192 - When now the young are rear'd, and when the old, Lost to the tie, grow negligent and cold — Far to the left he saw the huts of men, Half hid in mist, that hung upon the fen; Before him swallows, gathering for the sea, Took their short flights, and...
Page 96 - And on the ocean slept th' unanchor'd fleet ; When from our garden, as we look'd above, There was no cloud, and nothing seem'd to move ; Then was my friend in ecstasies — she cried, " There is, I feel there is, a world beside ! " Martha, dear Martha ! we shall hear not then " Of hearts distress'd by good or evil men, " But all will constant, tender, faithful be...
Page 191 - Early he rose, and look'd with many a sigh On the red light that fill'd the eastern sky; Oft had he stood before, alert and gay, To hail the glories of the new-born day : But now dejected, languid, listless, low, He saw the wind upon the water blow, And the cold stream curl'd onward as the gale From the pine-hill blew harshly down the dale; On the right side the youth a wood...
Page 89 - One I beheld — a wife, a mother — go To gloomy scenes of wickedness and woe ; She sought her way through all things vile and base, And made a prison a religious place : Fighting her way — the way that angels fight With powers of darkness — to let in the light...

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