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OLIVER GOLDSMITH
Irish poet, dramatist and novelist
(1728 - 1774)
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Remembrance wakes with all her busy train,
  Swells at my breast, and turns the past to pain.
      - The Deserted Village (l. 81) [Memory]

To husband out life's taper at the close,
  And keep the flames from wasting by repose.
      - The Deserted Village (l. 87) [Repose]

O blest retirement! friend to life's decline--
  Retreats from care, that never must be mine
    How blest is he who crowns, in shades like these,
      A youth of labour with an age of ease!
      - The Deserted Village (l. 97) [Age]

How blest is he who crowns in shades like these,
  A youth of labour with an age of ease.
      - The Deserted Village (l. 99) [Labor]

So, with decorum all things carry'd;
  Miss frown'd, and blush'd, and then was--married.
      - The Double Transformation (st. 3)
        [Matrimony]

This same philosophy is a good horse in the stable, but an arrant jade on a journey.
      - The Good-Natured Man (act I) [Philosophy]

Blame where you must, be candid where you can,
  And be each critic the Good-natured Man.
      - The Good-Natured Man (epilogue)
        [Criticism]

It's like sending them ruffles, when wanting a shirt.
      - The Haunch of Venison [Apparel]

Nobody with me at sea but myself.
      - The Haunch of Venison [Solitude]

Thus let me hold thee to my heart,
  And every care resign:
    And we shall never, never part,
      My life--my all that's mine!
      - The Hermit (st. 39) [Love]

Man wants but little here below,
  Nor wants that little long.
      - The Hermit (st. 8) [Wishes]

And the weak soul, within itself unbless'd,
  Leans for all pleasure on another's breast.
      - The Traveller [Weakness]

Hoards after hoards his rising raptures fill;
  Yet still he sighs, for hoards are wanting still.
      - The Traveller [Misers]

Remote, unfriended, melancholy, slow,
  Or by the lazy Scheld or wandering Po!
      - The Traveller (l. 1)
        [Po River : Scheld River]

Man seems the only growth that dwindles here.
      - The Traveller (l. 126) [Growth]

The canvas glow'd beyond ev'n nature warm;
  The pregnant quarry teem'd with human form.
      - The Traveller (l. 137) [Art]

The pregnant quarry teem'd with human form.
      - The Traveller (l. 138) [Life]

By sports like these are all their cares beguil'd,
  The sports of children satisfy the child.
      - The Traveller (l. 153) [Childhood : Sport]

Blest be those feasts, with simple plenty crowned,
  Where all the ruddy family around
    Laugh at the jests or pranks that never fail
      Or sigh with pity at some mournful tale.
      - The Traveller (l. 17) [Eating]

But winter lingering chills the lap of May.
      - The Traveller (l. 172) [May]

Cheerful at morn he wakes from short repose,
  Breathes the keen air, and carols as he goes.
      - The Traveller (l. 1853) [Cheerfulness]

At night returning, every labour sped,
  He sits him down, the monarch of a shed;
    Smiles by his cheerful fire, and round surveys
      His children's looks, that brighten at the blaze;
        While his lov'd partner, boastful of her hoard,
          Displays her cleanly platter on the board.
      - The Traveller (l. 191) [Home]

So the loud torrent, and the whirlwind's roar,
  But bind him to his native mountains more.
      - The Traveller (l. 207) [Love of Country]

Their wants but few, their wishes all confin'd.
      - The Traveller (l. 210) [Contentment]

And learn the luxury of doing good.
      - The Traveller (l. 22) [Goodness]


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