Memoirs of the Life and Writings of William Hayley, Esq: The Friend and Biographer of Cowper, Nide 2

H. Colburn and Company, 1823

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Sivu 214 - Ye gentle birds, that perch aloof, And smooth your pinions on my roof, Preparing for departure hence Ere winter's angry threats commence ; Like you my soul would smooth her plume For longer flights beyond the tomb. " May God, by whom is seen and heard Departing man and wandering bird, In mercy mark us for His own And guide us to the land unknown!
Sivu 144 - Fail not in duty to this hallow' d dust ! And mortals (all, whose cultur'd spirits know Joys that pure faith, and heav'nly verse bestow,) Passing this tomb, its buried inmate bless! And obligation to her powers .confess, Who, when she grac'd this Earth, in Austen's name, Wak'd in a Poet inspiration's flame...
Sivu 100 - These all wore garlands, and bright falchions those. Of burnish'd gold, in silver trappings hung ; — They, with well-tutor'd step, now, nimbly ran The circle, swift, as when, before his wheel Seated, the potter twirls it with both hands For trial of its speed ; now, crossing quick They pass'd at once into each other's place.
Sivu 192 - On one of its fly-leaves the ever-ready pen of Hayley has written the subjoined sonnet : TO DOCTOR BEATTIE, IN GRATEFUL ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF HIS VERY INTERESTING PRESENT. " Bard of the North ! I thank thee with my tears For this fond work of thy paternal hand : It bids the buried youth before me stand In nature's softest light, which love endears. Parents like thee, whose grief the world reveres, Faithful to pure affection's proud command, For a lost child have lasting honours plann'd, To give in fame...
Sivu 221 - ... to delineate the characteristics of his genius, as that of the writer of it most assuredly is, the less that is offered upon this subject the better ; especially since the public opinion, as to the merits and defects of his various compositions, both in prose and verse, has been so long and so firmly established. It may suffice, therefore, to say, that an easy flow of versification, great sweetness of numbers, and an engaging playfulness of fancy have been generally conceded to the poetry of...
Sivu 167 - The Lord giveth, and the Lord ' taketh away ; blessed be the name of the Lord.
Sivu 245 - One science only will one genius fit ; So vast is art, so narrow human wit : Not only bounded to peculiar arts, But oft in those confin'd to single parts.
Sivu 131 - Poet thro' misfortune's vale. Her spotless dust, angelic guards, defend / It is the dust of Unwin, Cowper's Friend ! That single title in itself is fame, For all, loho read his Verse, revere her name.
Sivu 459 - Since once I sat upon a promontory, And heard a mermaid on a dolphin's back Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath. That the rude sea grew civil at her song, And certain stars shot madly from their spheres, To hear the sea-maid's music.

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