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JAMES MONTGOMERY
Scottish poet and journalist
(1771 - 1854)
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There are no fragments so precious as those of time, and none are so heedlessly lost by people who cannot make a moment, and yet can waste years.
      - [Time]

'Tis human actions paint the chart of time.
      - [Action]

'Tis sunset: to the firmament serene,
  The Atlantic wave reflects a gorgeous scene;
    Broad in the cloudless west a belt of gold
      Girds the blue hemisphere; above, unroll'd.
        The keen clear air grows palpable to sight,
          Imbodied in a flush of crimson light.
      - [Sunset]

When God reveals His march through Nature's night
  His steps are beauty, and His presence light.
      - [God]

Where is the house for all the living found?
  Go ask the deaf, the dumb, the dead;
    All answer, without voice or sound,
      Each resting in his bed;
        Look down and see,
          Beneath thy feet,
            A place for thee;
              There all the living meet.
      - [Graves]

With eyes
  Of microscopic power, that could discern
    The population of a dew-drop.
      - [Eyes]

There is a flower, a little flower
  With silver crest and golden eye,
    That welcomes every changing hour,
      And weathers every sky.
      - A Field Flower [Daisies]

There is a world above,
  Where parting is unknown;
    A whole eternity of love,
      Form'd for the good alone;
        And faith beholds the dying here
          Translated to that happier sphere.
      - Friends [Heaven]

Fairest and best adorned is she
  Whose clothing is humility.
      - Humility [Humility]

Nearest the throne itself must be
  The footstool of humility.
      - Humility [Humility]

The bird that soars on highest wing,
  Builds on the ground her lowly nest;
    And she that doth most sweetly sing,
      Sings in the shade when all things rest:
        In lark and nightingale we see
          What honor hath humility.
      - Humility [Larks]

Night is the time for rest;
  How sweet, when labours close,
    To gather round an aching breast
      The curtain of repose,
        Stretch the tired limbs, and lay the head
          Down on our own delightful bed!
      - Night (st. 1) [Night]

The quenchless stars, so eloquently bright,
  Untroubled sentries of the shadow'y night.
      - Omnipresence of the Deity [Stars]

Not one of Flora's brilliant race
  A form more perfect can display;
    Art could not feign more simple grace
      Nor Nature take a line away.
      - On Planting a Tulip-Root [Tulips]

The tulip's petals shine in dew,
  All beautiful, but none alike.
      - On Planting a Tulip-Root [Tulips]

Prayer is the soul's sincere desire,
  Uttered or unexpressed,
    The motion of a hidden fire
      That trembles in the breast.
      - Original Hymns--What is Prayer? [Prayer]

The Dove,
  On silver pinions, winged her peaceful way.
      - Pelican Island (canto I, l. 173) [Doves]

Nimbly they seized and secreted their prey,
  Alive and wriggling in the elastic net,
    Which Nature hung beneath their grasping beaks;
      Till, swoln, with captures, the unwieldy burden
        Clogg'd their slow flight, as heavily to land,
          These mighty hunters of the deep return'd.
            There on the cragged cliffs they perch'd at ease,
              Gorging their hapless victims one by one;
                Then full and weary, side by side, they slept,
                  Till evening roused them to the chase again.
      - Pelican Island (canto IV, l. 141)
        [Pelicans]

Nature's prime favourites were the Pelicans;
  High-fed, long-lived, and sociable and free.
      - Pelican Island (canto V, l. 141)
        [Pelicans]

The nursery of brooding Pelicans,
  The dormitory of their dead, had vanish'd,
    And all the minor spots of rock and verdue,
      The abodes of happy millions, were no more.
      - Pelican Island (canto VI, l. 74)
        [Pelicans]

Prayer moves the arm
  Which moves the world,
    And brings salvation down.
      - Prayer [Prayer]

At the head of Flora's dance;
  Simple Snow-drop, then in thee
    All thy sister-train I see;
      Every brilliant bud that blows,
        From the blue-bell to the rose;
          All the beauties that appear,
            On the bosom of the Year,
              All that wreathe the locks of Spring,
                Summer's ardent breath perfume,
                  Or on the lap of Autumn bloom,
                    All to thee their tribute bring.
      - Snow-Drop [Snowdrops]

The morning star of flowers.
      - Snow-Drop [Snowdrops]

Dutch tulips from their beds
  Flaunted their stately heads.
      - The Adventure of a Star [Tulips]

Here hyacinths of heavenly blue
  Shook their rich tresses to the morn.
      - The Adventure of a Star [Hyacinths]


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