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English poet
(1788 - 1824)
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Wisdom, knowledge, power,--all combined.
      - [Money]

With but a plank between them and their fate.
      - [Proverbs]

With common men
  There needs too oft the show of war to keep
    The substance of sweet peace, and for a king,
      'Tis sometimes better to be fear'd than lov'd.
      - [War]

With pleasure drugged he almost longed for woe.
      - [Satiety]

With swimming looks of speechless tenderness.
      - [Proverbs]

Words are things; and a small drop of ink,
  Falling like dew upon a thought, produces
    That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.
      - [Words]

Would you teach her to love?
  For a time seem to rove;
    At first she may frown in a pet;
      But leave her awhile,
        She shortly will smile,
          And then you may win your coquette.
      - [Coquette]

Ye glorious Gothic scenes! how much ye strike
  All phantasies, not even excepting mine:
    A gray wall, a green ruin, rusty pike,
      Make my soul pass the equinoctial line
        Between the present and past worlds, and hover
          Upon their airy confines, half-seas over.
      - [Ruins]

Ye stars! which are the poetry of heaven;
  If in our bright leaves we would read the fate
    Of men and empires--'t is to be forgiven,
      That in our aspirations to be great,
        Our destinies o'erleap their mortal state,
          And claim a kindred with you; for ye are
            A beauty and a mystery, and create
              In us such love and reverence from afar,
                That fortune, fame, power, life, have nam'd themselves a star.
      - [Heavens]

Years have not seen, Time shall not see
  The hour that tears my soul from thee.
      - [Fidelity]

Yes! ready money is Aladdin's lamp.
      - [Money : Proverbs]

Yes, Honor decks the turf that wraps their clay.
      - [Heroes]

Yes--it was love--if thoughts o? tenderness,
  Tried in temptation, strengthen'd by distress,
    Unmov'd by absence, firm in every clime,
      And yet--oh more than all! untired by time,
        Which nor defeated hope, nor baffled wile,
          Could render sullen were she near to smile,
            Nor rage could fire, nor sickness fret to vent
              On her one murmur of his discontent;
                Which still would meet with joy, with calmness part,
                  Lest that his look of grief should reach her heart;
                    Which nought removed, nor menaced to remove--
                      If there be love in mortals--this was love!
      - [Love]

Yes--the same sin that overthrew the angels,
  And of all sins most easily besets
    Mortals the nearest to the angelic nature:
      The vile are only vain; the great are proud.
      - [Pride]

Yet, it is love--if thoughts of tenderness,
  Tried in temptation, strengthened by distress,
    Unmov'd by absence, firm in every clime,
      And yet--oh! more than all!--untir'd by time.
      - [Proposals]

You have greatly ventured, but all must do so who would greatly win.
      - [Ambition]

Your thief looks
  Exactly like the rest, or rather better;
    'Tis only at the bar, and in the dungeon,
      That wise men know your felon by his features.
      - [Theft]

Down to the dust!--and, as thou rott'st away,
  Even worms shall perish on thy poisonous clay.
      - A Sketch [Death]

Born in the garret, in the kitchen bred.
      - A Sketch (l. 1) [Ancestry]

The good old times--all times when old are good--
  Are gone.
      - Age of Bronze [Time]

While Washington's a watchword, such as ne'er
  Shall sink while there's an echo left to air.
      - Age of Bronze (st. 5) [Washington, George]

While Franklin's quiet memory climbs to heaven,
  Calming the lightning which he thence hath riven.
      - Age of Bronze (V) [Electricity]

And stoic Franklin's energetic shade
  Robed in the lightnings which his hand allay'd.
      - Age of Bronze (VIII) [Electricity]

Yet how much less it were to gain,
  Though thou hast left me free,
    The loveliest things that still remain,
      Than thus remember thee.
      - And Thou art Dead as Young and Fair

Besides, they always smell of bread and butter.
      - Beppo [Childhood]

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