The guards, Volume 3

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Pagina 11 - twixt south and south-west side ; On either which he would dispute, Confute, change hands, and still confute He'd undertake to prove by force Of argument a man's no horse ; He'd prove a buzzard is no fowl, And that a lord may be an owl, A calf an alderman, a goose a justice, And rooks committee-men and trustees ; He'd run in debt by disputation, And pay with ratiocination. All this by syllogism, true In mood and figure, he would do. For rhetoric, he could not ope His mouth but out there flew a trope...
Pagina 11 - Else, when with greatest art he spoke, You'd think he talk'd like other folk; For all a rhetorician's rules Teach nothing but to name his tools.
Pagina 15 - Thames ! the most lov'd 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 to' explore, Search not his bottom, but survey his shore, O'er which he kindly spreads his spacious wing, And hatches plenty for th...
Pagina 38 - He who hath bent him o'er the dead Ere the first day of death is fled, The first dark day of nothingness, The last of danger and distress...
Pagina 38 - Appals the gazing mourner's heart, As if to him it could impart The doom he dreads, yet dwells upon ; Yes, but for these, and these alone, Some moments, ay, one treacherous hour, He still might doubt the tyrant's power ; So fair, so calm, so softly sealed, The first, last look by death revealed...
Pagina 11 - H' had hard words ready to show why, And tell what rules he did it by; Else, when with greatest art he spoke, You'd think he talk'd like other folk ; For all a rhetorician's rules Teach nothing but to name his tools. But, when he...
Pagina 38 - The last of danger and distress — Before Decay's effacing fingers Have swept the lines where beauty lingers, And marked the mild, angelic air, The rapture of repose that's there — The fixed, yet tender traits...
Pagina 100 - Not stayed state, but feeble stay, Not costly robes, but bare array ; Not passed wealth, but present want, Not heaped store, but slender scant; Not plenty's purse, but poor estate, Not happy hap, but froward fate ; Not wish at will, but want of joy, Not heart's good health, but heart's annoy ; Not freedom's use, but prison's thrall, Not costly seat, but lowest fall : Not weal I mean, but wretched woe Doth truly try the friend from foe; And nought but froward fortune proves, Who fawning feigns, or...
Pagina 150 - In peace, Love tunes the shepherd's reed; In war, he mounts the warrior's steed; In halls, in gay attire is seen; In hamlets, dances on the green. Love rules the court, the camp, the grove, And men below, and saints above ; For love is heaven, and heaven is love.
Pagina 230 - Then you'll remember too, he was a man That lived up to the standard of his honour, And prized that jewel more than mines of wealth : He'd not have done a shameful thing but once ; Though kept in darkness from the world, and hidden, He could not have forgiven it to himself. This was the only portion that he left us ; And I more glory in't than if possessed Of all that ever fortune threw on fools.

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