Poems and Translations: With the Sophy, a Tragedy

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Jacob Tonson, 1709 - English drama - 330 pages
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Page 12 - O could I flow like thee, and make thy stream My great example, as it is my theme! Though deep, yet clear, though gentle, yet not dull, Strong without rage, without o'er-flowing full.
Page 13 - But his proud head the airy mountain hides Among the clouds; his shoulders and his sides A shady mantle clothes; his curled brows Frown on the gentle stream, which calmly flows, While winds and storms his lofty forehead beat; The common fate of all that's high or great.
Page 86 - Horace's wit, and Virgil's state, He did not steal, but emulate! And when he would like them appear, •/ Their garb, but not their clothes, did wear...
Page 9 - And thus to th' ages past he makes amends, Their charity destroys, their faith defends. Then did Religion in a lazy cell, In empty, airy contemplations, dwell; And like the block, unmoved lay: but ours, As much too active, like the stork devours. Is there no temperate region can be known Betwixt their frigid and our torrid zone?
Page 11 - But free and common as the sea or wind; When he to boast or to disperse his stores Full of the tributes of his grateful shores, Visits the world, and in his flying towers Brings home to us, and...
Page 10 - Cooper's Hill, My eye, descending from the Hill, surveys Where Thames among the wanton valleys strays ; Thames ! the most loved of all the Ocean's sons, By his old sire, to his embraces runs, Hasting to pay his tribute to the sea, Like mortal life to meet eternity. Though with those streams he no resemblance hold, Whose foam is amber and their gravel gold, His genuine and less guilty wealth t...
Page 3 - Where, with like haste, though several ways they run, Some to undo, and some to be undone ; While luxury and wealth, like war and peace, Are each the other's ruin and increase ; As rivers lost in seas some secret vein Thence reconveys, there to be lost again.
Page 14 - ... his curled brows frown on the gentle stream, which calmly flows, •while winds and storms his lofty forehead beat; the common fate of all that's high or great.
Page 17 - And, like a bold knight -errant, did proclaim Combat to all, and bore away the dame ; And taught the woods to echo to the stream His dreadful challenge and his clashing beam '. Yet faintly now declines the fatal strife, So much his love was dearer than his life.
Page 21 - Snows dissolv'd, oreflows th' adjoyning Plains, 350 The Husbandmen with high-rais'd banks secure Their greedy hopes, and this he can endure. But if with Bays and Dams they strive to force His channel to a new, or narrow course; No longer then within his banks he dwells...

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