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English poet
(1788 - 1824)
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Thus ever fade my fairy dreams of bliss.
      - [Disappointment]

Thus, as the stream and ocean greet,
  With waves that madden as they meet--
    Thus join the bands whom mutual wrong,
      And fate and fury drive along.
      - [War]

Thy day without a cloud bath pass'd,
  And thou wert lovely to the last;
    Extinguish'd not decay'd!
      As stars that shoot along the sky
        Shine brightest as they fall from high.
      - [Death]

Thy fanes, thy temple, to the surface bow,
  Commingling slowly with heroic earth,
    Broke by the share of every rustic plough:
      So perish monuments of mortal Birth,
        To perish all in turn, save well-recorded Worth.
      - [Fame]

Time, the corrector when our judgments err, the test of truth and love; sole philosopher, for all besides are sophists.
      - [Time]

'Tis best to pause, and think, ere you rush on.
      - [Proverbs]

'Tis pity wine should be so deleterious,
  For tea and coffee leave us much more serious.
      - [Drunkenness]

'Tis said the lion will turn and flee
  From a maid in the pride of her purity.
      - [Proverbs]

'Tis strange, but true: for truth is always strange;
  Stranger than fiction.
      - [Proverbs]

'Tis sweet to know there is an eye will mark our coming, and look brighter when we come.
      - [Absence]

'Tis very certain the desire of life
  Prolongs it.
      - [Proverbs]

To be precocious
  Was in her eyes a thing the most atrocious.
      - [Proverbs]

To fly from, need not be to hate, mankind; all are not fit with them to stir and toil.
      - [Retirement]

To no men are such cordial greetings given
  As those whose wives have made them fit for heaven.
      - [Wives]

To pass their lives on fountains and on flowers, and never know the weight of human hours.
      - [Fairies]

To the mind,
  Which is itself, no changes bring surprise.
      - [Change]

To what gulfs
  A single deviation from the track
    Of human duties leads even those who claim
      The homage of mankind as their born due,
        And find it, till they forfeit it themselves!
      - [Duty : Guilt]

Troy owes to Homer what whist owes to Hoyle.
      - [Proverbs]

Truth is a gem that is found at a great depth; whilst on the surface of this world all things are weighed by the false scale of custom.
      - [Truth]

Tully was not so eloquent as thou, thou nameless column with the buried base.
      - [Ruins]

'Twas a public feast and public day--
  Quite full, right dull, guests hot, and dishes cold,
    Great plenty, much formality, small cheer.
      And everybody out of their own sphere.
      - [Dinner]

'Twas strange--in youth all action and all life,
  Burning for pleasure, not averse from strife;
    Woman--the field--the ocean--all that gave
      Promise of gladness, peril of a grave,
        In turn he tried--he ransack'd all below,
          And found his recompense in joy or woe,
            No tame trite medium; for his feelings sought
              In that intenseness an escape from thought:
                The tempest of his heart in scorn had gazed
                  On that the feebler elements hath rais'd;
                    The rapture of his heart had look'd on high,
                      And ask'd if greater dwelt beyond the sky:
                        Chain'd to excess, the slave of such extreme,
                          How woke he from the wildness of that dream,
                            Alas! he told not--but he did awake
                              To curse the wither'd heart that would not break.
      - [Satiety]

'Twere vain to speak, to weep, to sigh;
  Oh, more than tears of blood can tell
    When wrung from guilt's expiring eye,
      Are in the word farewell--farewell.
      - [Farewell]

Upon her face there was the tint of grief,
  The settled shadow of an inward strife;
    And an unquiet drooping of the eye,
      As if its lid were charged with unshed tears.
      - [Grief]

Vain, froward child of empire, say,
  Are all thy playthings snatched away?
      - [Proverbs]

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