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ROBERT SOUTHEY
English poet and prose writer
(1774 - 1843)
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Cold is thy hopeless heart, even as charity.
      - Soldier's Wife [Charity]

She comes majestic with her swelling sails,
  The gallant Ship: along her watery way,
    Homeward she drives before the favouring gales;
      Now flirting at their length the streamers play,
        And now they ripple with the ruffling breeze.
      - Sonnet XIX [Ships]

Mild arch of promise! on the evening sky
  Thou shinest fair with many a lovely ray,
    Each in the south melting.
      - Sonnets--The Evening Rainbow [Rainbows]

How beautiful is night!
  A dewy freshness fills the silent air;
    No mist obscures, nor cloud nor speck nor stain
      Breaks the serene of heaven.
      - Thalaba (bk. I) [Night]

The solitary Bee
  Whose buzzing was the only sound of life,
    Flew there on restless wing,
      Seeking in vain one blossom where to fix.
      - Thalaba (bk. VI, st. 13) [Bees]

"It was the English," Kaspar cried,
  "Who put the French to rout;
    But what they fought each other for
      I could not well make out;
        But everybody said," quoth he,
          "That 'twas a famous victory."
 * * * * *
"They said it was a shocking sight
  After the field was won;
    For many thousand bodies here
      Lay rotting in the sun;
        But things like that, you know, must be
          After a famous victory.
      - The Battle of Blenheim [Victory]

And so never ending,
  But always descending.
      - The Cataract of Lodore [Water]

"How does the Water
  Come down at Lodore?"
      - The Cataract of Lodore [Water]

Thou hast been called, O Sleep, the friend of Woe,
  But 'tis the happy who have called thee so.
      - The Curse of Kehama (canto XV, st. 12)
        [Sleep]

'Twas a light that made
  Darkness itself appear
    A thing of comfort.
      - The Curse of Kehama--Padalon (st. 2)
        [Light]

When St. Thomas Aquinas was asked in what manner a man might best become learned, he answered, "By reading one book." The homo unius libri is indeed proverbially formidable to all conversational figurantes.
      - The Doctor (p. 164) [Books]

And as, when all the summer trees are seen
  So bright and green,
    The Holly leaves a sober hue display
      Less bright than they,
        But when the bare and wintry woods we see,
          What then so cheerful as the Holly-tree?
      - The Holly-Tree [Holly]

O Reader! hast thou ever stood to see
  The Holly-tree?
    The eye that contemplates it well perceives
      Its glossy leaves
        Ordered by an Intelligence so wise
          As might confound the Atheist's sophistries.
      - The Holly-Tree (st. 1) [Holly]

And last of all an Admiral came,
  A terrible man with a terrible name,--
    A name which you all know by sight very well;
      But which no one can speak, and no one can spell.
      - The March to Moscow (st. 8) [Names]

"You are old, Father William," the young man cried,
  "The few locks which are left you are gray;
    You are hale, Father William,--a hearty old man:
      Now tell me the reason, I pray."
      - The Old Man's Comforts, and how he Gained Them
        [Age]

The Satanic school.
      - Vision of Judgment (original preface, III)
        [Devil]

The grave
  Is but the threshold of eternity.
      - Vision of the Maid of Orleans (bk. II)
        [Graves]


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