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" What a gloom hangs all around ! The dying lamp feebly emits a yellow gleam ; no sound is heard but of the chiming clock, or the distant watch-dog. All the bustle of human pride is forgotten ; an hour like this may well display the emptiness of human vanity.... "
Select British Classics - Pagina 76
1804
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1876
...following paragraph from Goldsmith's The Bee, No. 34, " A City Night Piece," dated Oct. 27, 1759 :— " There will come a time when this temporary solitude...like its inhabitants, fade away, and leave a desert iu its room." It also occurs, I think, in the Citizen of the World, No. 97. LAYCAUMA. This is, perhaps,...
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New Monthly Magazine, Volume 138

1866
...when all that mighty heart (as Wordsworth says) is lying still, speculates on a possible time coming when this temporary solitude may be made continual,...inhabitants, fade away, and leave a desert in its room. He bethinks him of other cities, great as this, that once triumphed in existence and promised themselves...
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