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The Complaint: Or, Night-thoughts on Life, Death, and Immortality ...
Vista completa - 1758
Æther Ambition Angels art thou Beam beneath bids blest Bliss Blood Divine boast Book of Job boundless Canst Charms Creation Darkness Death deep Deity Delight deny'd divine Dost dreadful Dust Earth endless Eternity Ev'n ev'ry fair Fame Fate Flame fond Fool Friend give glorious Glory Gods Grave Grief Groan Guilt Happiness Heart Heav'n Hope Hour human illustrious Infidels Life's Light live Lorenzo Love Lustre Man's Mankind mighty Mind mortal Narcissa Nature Nature's ne'er Night nought Numbers o'er Omnipotence Pain Passion Peace Philander Pleasure Pow'r Praise Pride proud Reason rife sacred Scene Sense Shades shines Sigh Sight Skies smile Song Soul immortal Sphere Stars Sting Storm strange Tempest thee Theme Thine Thought thro Throne thy Disease Tomb tremble Triumph Truth Virtue Virtue Virtue Virtue's Wife Wing Wisdom Wish Wonder World wretched ye Stars
Página 18 - tis madness to defer: Next day the fatal precedent will plead ; Thus on, till wisdom is push'd out of life. Procrastination is the thief of time; Year after year it steals, till all are fled, And to the mercies of a moment leaves The vast concerns of an eternal scene.
Página 5 - The bell strikes one. We take no note of time, But from its loss. To give it then a tongue Is wise in man. As if an angel spoke, I feel the solemn sound. If heard aright, It is the, knell of my departed hours : Where are they? With the years beyond the flood.
Página 8 - This is the bud of being, the dim dawn, The twilight of our day, the vestibule : Life's theatre as yet is shut, and death, Strong death alone, can heave the massy bar, This gross impediment of clay remove, And make us, embryos of existence, free.
Página 18 - Of man's miraculous mistakes this bears The palm, ' That all men are about to live, For ever on the brink of being born.' All pay themselves the compliment to think They one day shall not drivel : and their pride On this reversion takes up ready praise ; At least, their own ; their future selves applaud How excellent that life they ne'er will lead.
Página 71 - Pursuing, and pursued, each other's prey ; As wolves, for rapine; as the fox, for wiles ; Till Death, that mighty hunter, earths them all. Why all this toil for triumphs of an hour ? What though we wade in wealth, or soar in fame ? Earth's highest station ends in " Here he lies :" And dust " to dust
Página 163 - Who lives to nature, rarely can be poor ; Who lives to fancy, never can be rich. Poor is the man in debt ; the man of gold, In debt to fortune, trembles at her power.
Página 89 - ... ?—Thou, my all! My theme, my inspiration, and my crown ! My strength in age ! my rise in low estate ! My soul's ambition, pleasure, wealth !—my world ! My light in darkness! and my life in death ! My boast through time!
Página 38 - Teaching, we learn; and, giving, we retain The births of intellect ; when dumb, forgot Speech ventilates our intellectual fire ; Speech burnishes our mental magazine , Brightens, for ornament ; and whets, for use.
Página 77 - The prisoner of amaze ! — in his blest life I see the path, and in his death the price, And in his great ascent the proof supreme Of immortality.