Dove Dale Revisited, with Other Holiday Sketches

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S. Low, Marston & Company, Limited, 1902 - 130 էջ

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Էջ 3 - Whoe'er has travelled life's dull round, Where'er his stages may have been, May sigh to think he still has found The warmest welcome at an inn.
Էջ 111 - ... which broke their waves, and turned them into foam : and sometimes I beguiled time by viewing the harmless lambs, some leaping securely in the cool shade, whilst others sported themselves in the cheerful sun ; and saw others craving comfort from the swollen udders of their bleating dams. As I thus sat, these and other sights had so fully possessed my soul with content, that I thought, as the poet has happily expressed it, " I was for that time lifted above earth, And possessed joys not promised...
Էջ 105 - No life, my honest scholar, no life so happy and so pleasant as the life of a well-governed Angler ; for when the Lawyer is swallowed up with business, and the Statesman is preventing or contriving plots, then we sit on cowslip-banks, hear the birds sing, and possess ourselves in as much quietness as these silent silver streams, which we now see glide so quietly by us.
Էջ 4 - No, Sir ; there is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn.
Էջ 116 - Your worm is your only emperor for diet: we fat all creatures else to fat us, and we fat ourselves for maggots: your fat king and your lean beggar is but variable service; two dishes, but to one table: that's the end.
Էջ 28 - SACRUM. Why, then, I perceive I have some title here ; for I am one of them, though one of the worst ; and here below it is the cypher too you spoke of, and 't is prettily contrived.
Էջ 11 - ... behind the door; The chest contriv'da double debt to pay, A bed by night, a chest of drawers by day; The pictures plac'd for ornament and use, The twelve good rules, the royal game of goose; The hearth, except when winter chill'd the day, With aspen boughs, and flowers and fennel gay; While broken teacups, wisely kept for show, Rang'd o'er the chimney, glisten'd in a row.
Էջ 111 - Look, under that broad beech-tree I sat down when I was last this way a-fishing, and the birds in the adjoining grove seemed to have a friendly contention with an echo, whose dead voice seemed to live in a hollow tree near to the brow of that primrose-hill...
Էջ 52 - Oh my beloved nymph, fair Dove ! Princess of rivers ! how I love Upon thy flowery banks to lie, And view thy silver stream, When gilded by a summer's beam ! And in it, all thy wanton fry, Playing at liberty : And, with my angle, upon them The all of treachery I ever learnt, industriously to try.
Էջ 12 - When if or chance or hunger's powerful sway Directs the roving trout this fatal way, He greedily sucks in the twining bait, And tugs and nibbles the fallacious meat: Now, happy fisherman; now twitch the line! How thy rod bends! behold, the prize is thine! Cast on the bank, he dies, with gasping pains, And trickling blood his silver mail distains.

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