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English poet
(1731 - 1800)
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Whoe'er was edified, themselves were not.
      - Task (bk. II, The Time Piece, l. 444)

'Tis Revelation satisfies all doubts,
  Explains all mysteries except her own,
    And so illuminates the path of life,
      That fools discover it, and stray no more.
      - Task (bk. II, The Time-Piece, l. 526)

Fast-anchor'd isle.
      - Task (bk. II, The Timepiece, l. 151)

Presume to lay their hand upon the ark
  Of her magnificent and awful cause.
      - Task (bk. II, The Timepiece, l. 231)

Transforms old print
  To zigzag manuscript, and cheats the eyes
    Of gallery critics by a thousand arts.
      - Task (bk. II, The Timepiece, l. 363)

His head,
  Not yet by time completely silver'd o'er,
    Bespoke him past the bounds of freakish youth,
      But strong for service still, and unimpair'd.
      - Task (bk. II, The Timepiece, l. 702)

I was a stricken deer that left the herd
  Long since.
      - Task (bk. III, l. 108) [Misfortune]

Dream after dream ensues;
  And still they dream that they shall still succeed;
    And still are disappointed.
      - Task (bk. III, l. 127) [Dreams]

Great contest follows, and much learned dust
  Involves the combatants; each claiming truth,
    And truth disclaiming both.
      - Task (bk. III, l. 161) [Contention]

Defend me, therefore, common sense, say
  From reveries so airy, from the toil
    Of dropping buckets into empty wells,
      And growing old in drawing nothing up.
      - Task (bk. III, l. 187) [Folly]

God never meant that man should scale the Heavens
  By strides of human wisdom. In his works,
    Though wondrous, he commands us in his word
      To seek him rather where his mercy shines.
      - Task (bk. III, l. 217) [God]

All flesh is grass. and all its glory fades
  Like the fair flower dishevell'd in the wind;
    Riches have wings, and grandeur is a dream;
      The man we celebrate must find a tomb,
        And we that worship him, ignoble graves.
      - Task (bk. III, l. 261) [Death]

The only amarantine flower on earth
  Is virtue.
      - Task (bk. III, l. 268) [Virtue]

But what is truth? 'Twas Pilate's question put
  To Truth itself, that deign'd him no reply.
      - Task (bk. III, l. 270) [Truth]

Detested sport,
  That owes its pleasures to another's pain.
      - Task (bk. III, l. 326) [Cruelty]

Domestic Happiness, thou only bliss
  Of Paradise that hast survived the Fall!
      - Task (bk. III, l. 41) [Happiness]

Still ending, and beginning still.
      - Task (bk. III, l. 627) [Change : Life]

Virtue and vice had boundaries in old time,
  Not to be pass'd.
      - Task (bk. III, l. 75) [Character]

Me therefore studious of laborious ease.
      - Task (bk. III, The Garden) [Study]

How various his employments whom the world
  Calls idle; and who justly in return
    Esteems that busy world an idler too!
      - Task (bk. III, The Garden, l. 342)

While fancy, like the finger of a clock,
  Runs the great circuit, and is still at home.
      - Task (bk. IV, l. 118) [Fancy]

O Winter! ruler of the inverted year,
  . . . .
    I crown thee king of intimate delights,
      Fireside enjoyments, home-born happiness,
        And all the comforts that the lowly roof
          Of undisturb'd Retirement, and the hours
            Of long uninterrupted evening, know.
      - Task (bk. IV, l. 120) [Winter]

Time, as he passes us, has a dove's wing,
  Unsoil'd, and swift, and of a silken sound.
      - Task (bk. IV, l. 211) [Time]

It seems the part of wisdom.
      - Task (bk. IV, l. 336) [Wisdom]

Now stir the fire, and close the shudders fast,
  Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round,
    And while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn
      Throws up a steamy column, and the cups,
        That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each,
          So let us welcome peaceful evening in.
      - Task (bk. IV, l. 36) [Tea]

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