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ROBERT SOUTHEY
English poet and prose writer
(1774 - 1843)
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"But what good came of it at last?"
  Quoth little Peterkin.
    "Why, that I cannot tell," said he;
      "But 'twas a famous victory."
      - Battle of Blenheim [Victory]

The arts Babblative and Scriblative.
      - Colloquies [Words]

It has been more wittily than charitably said that hell is paved with good intentions; they have their place in heaven also.
      - Colloquies on Society [Hell]

Cupid "the little greatest god."
      - Commonplace Book (4th series, p. 462)
        [Love]

St. Austin might have returned another answer to him that asked him, "What God employed himself about beofre the world was made?" "He was making hell."
      - Commonplace Book (fourth series, p. 591)
        [Hell]

They sin who tell us Love can die:
  With life all other passions fly,
    All others are but vanity.
      In Heaven Ambition cannot dwell,
        Nor Avarice in the vaults of Hell.
      - Cure of Kehama--Mount Meru (st. 10) [Love]

Midnight, and yet no eye
  Through all the Imperial City closed in sleep.
      - Curse of Kehama (pt. I, 1) [Midnight]

. . . make the abhorrent eye
  Roll back and close.
      - Curse of Kehama (VIII, 9) [Abhorrence]

What a world were this,
  How unendurable its weight, if they
    Whom Death hath sundered did not meet again!
      - Inscription XVII--Epitaph [Immortality]

Happy those
  Who in the after-days shall live, when Time
    Hath spoken, and the multitude of years
      Taught wisdom to mankind!
      - Joan of Arc (bk. I) [Wisdom]

Death! to the happy thou art terrible;
  But how the wretched love to think of thee,
    O thou true comforter! the friend of all
      Who have no friend beside!
      - Joan of Arc (bk. I, l. 318) [Death]

Go, little Book! From this my solitude
  I cast thee on the Waters,--go thy ways:
    And if, as I believe, thy vein be good,
      The World will find thee after many days.
        Be it with thee according to thy worth:
          Go, little Book; in faith I send thee forth.
      - Lay of the Laureate--L'Envoy [Books]

Agreed to differ.
      - Life of Wesley [Argument]

Now, motionless and dark, eluded search
  Self-shrouded: and anon, starring the sky,
    Rose like a shower of fire.
      - Madoc (pt. II) [Fireflies]

What wilt not woman, gentle woman, dare
  When strong affection stirs her spirit up?
      - Madoc (pt. II, II) [Women]

The moon arose: she shone upon the lake,
  Which lay one smooth expanse of silver light;
    She shone upon the hills and rocks, and cast
      Upon their hollows and their hidden glens
        A blacker depth of shade.
      - Madoc (pt. II, The Close of the Century)
        [Moon]

Then more fierce
  The conflict grew; the din of arms, the yell
    Of savage rage, the shriek of agony,
      The groan of death, commingled in one sound
        Of undistinguish'd horrors.
      - Madoc (pt. II, XV) [War]

Three things a wise man will not trust,
  The wind, the sunshine of an April day,
    And woman's plighted faith.
      - Madoc in Azthan (pt. XXIII, l. 51)
        [Distrust]

Affliction is not sent in vain, young man,
  From that good God, who chastens whom he loves.
      - Madoc in Wales (III, l. 176) [Affliction]

Ye who dwell at home,
  Ye do not know the terrors of the main.
      - Madoc in Wales (pt. IV) [Navigation]

Blue, darkly, deeply, beautifully blue.
      - Madoc in Wales (pt. V),
        referring to dolphins [Fish]

Four things which are not in thy treasury,
  I lay before thee, Lord, with this petition:--
    My nothingness, my wants,
      My sins, and my contrition.
      - Occasional Pieces (XIX),
        imitated from the Persian [Prayer]

While Washington hath left
  His awful memory,
    A light for after times.
      - Ode written during the War with America
        [Washington, George]

Earth could not hold us both, nor can one heaven
  Contain my deadliest enemy and me.
      - Roderick, the Last of the Goths (bk. XXI)
        [Enemies]

The march of intellect.
      - Sir Thos. More; or, Colloquies on the Progress and Prospects of Society
         (vol. II, p. 361) [Intellect : Progress]


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