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" THE Village Life, and every care that reigns O'er youthful peasants and declining swains ; What labour yields, and what, that labour past, Age, in its hour of languor, finds at last ; What form the real picture of the poor, Demand a song — the Muse... "
The London Quarterly Review - Page 282
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English Poets of the Eighteenth Century

Ernest Bernbaum - 1918 - 364 pages
...THE VILLAGE The village life, and every care that reigns O'er youthful peasants and declining swains; What labour yields, and what, that labour past, Age,...poor, Demand a song — the Muse can give no more. Fled are those times when, in harmonious strains, The rustic poet praised his native plains; No shepherds...
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Milton's Ode on the Morning of Christ's Nativity: L'allegro, Il Penseroso ...

John Milton - 1918 - 172 pages
...Crabbe's Village, canto i ; he is condemning false pictures of rural life drawn in imitation of Vergil : "On Mincio's banks, in Caesar's bounteous reign, •If...found the Golden Age again, Must sleepy bards the flattering dream prolong, Mechanic echoes of the Mantuan song?" Honoured, ie by the poetry of Vergil....
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English Poets of the Eighteenth Century

Ernest Bernbaum - 1918 - 364 pages
...complain, And shepherds' boys their amorous pains reveal — The only pains, alas! they never feel. On Mincio's banks, in Caesar's bounteous reign, If...found the Golden Age again, Must sleepy bards the nattering dream prolong, Mechanic echoes of the Mantuan song? From Truth and Nature shall we widely...
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The English Village: A Literary Study, 1750-1850

Julia Patton - 1918 - 236 pages
...attitude toward literature. Crabbe was impelled to write what life supplied him; those things which " form the real Picture of the Poor, Demand a song, — the Muse can give no more." Scott felt no such compulsion, and his comment on Crabbe furnishes a fair key to his own poetic practice....
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The Great Tradition: A Book of Selections from English and American Prose ...

Edwin Greenlaw, James Holly Hanford - 1919 - 679 pages
...care that reigns O'er youthful peasants and declining swains ; What labor yields, and what, that labor ke not. (F/ B Demand a song — the Muse can give no more. Fled are those times, when, in harmonious strains, The...
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Essentials of Poetry: Lowell Lectures, 1911

William Allan Neilson - 1912 - 282 pages
...And shepherds' boys their amorous pains reveal, The only pains, alas ! they never feel. On Miiicio's banks, in Caesar's bounteous reign, If Tityrus found the Golden Age again, Must sleepy bards the flattering dream prolong, Mechanic echoes of the Mantuan song ? From Truth and Nature shall we widely...
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Tales 1812 and Selected Poems

Crabbe - 1967 - 484 pages
...VILLAGE BOOK 1 The Village Life, and every care that reigns O'er youthful peasants and declining swains ; What labour yields, and what, that labour past, Age,...poor, Demand a song — the Muse can give no more. Fled are those times, when, in harmonious strains, The rustic poet praised his native plains : No shepherds...
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The Country and the City

Raymond Williams - 1975 - 335 pages
...reflected in the structure and even the grammatical case of the poem. Crabbe announces a central question: What labour yields, and what, that labour past, Age, in its hour of langour, finds at last. Yet the dimension of his answer indicates his real audience, and, therefore,...
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The Daring Muse: Augustan Poetry Reconsidered

Margaret Anne Doody, Professor of English Margaret Anne Doody - 1985 - 288 pages
...pastoral manner: The village life, and every care that reigns O'er youthful peasants and declining swains; What labour yields, and what, that labour past, Age, in its hour of languour, finds at last; What forms the real picture of the poor, Demand a song - the Muse can give...
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Poetic Form and British Romanticism

Stuart Curran - 1990 - 288 pages
...inhabitants are particularized, and their misery is shared. His subject is not pastoral ease but rural work: "What labour yields, and what, that labour past, / Age, in its hour of languor, finds at last" (3-4). The village is an economic entity, governed by rudimentary laws the science of which, with Adam...
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