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ROBERT BLAIR
Scottish poet and clergyman
(1699 - 1746)

Of joys departed
  Not to return, how painful the remembrance.
      - [Proverbs]

The common damn'd shun their society.
      - The Grave,
        referring to suicides in Hell, attributed to Lamb but not found in his works
        [Suicide]

The grave, dread thing!
  Men shiver when thou'rt named: Nature appalled,
    Shakes off her wonted firmness.
      - The Grave [Graves]

Ye undertakers, tell us,
  'Midst all the gorgeous figures you exhibit,
    Why is the principal conceal'd, for which
      You make this mighty stir?
      - The Grave (l. 170) [Undertakers]

The best-concerted schemes men lay for fame,
  Die fast away: only themselves die faster.
    The far-fam'd sculptor, and the laurell'd bard,
      Those bold insurancers of deathless fame,
        Supply their little feeble aids in vain.
      - The Grave (l. 185) [Fame]

The tap'ring pyramid, the Egyptian's pride,
  And wonder of the world, whose spiky top
    Has wounded the thick cloud.
      - The Grave (l. 190) [Monuments]

How shocking must thy summons be, O Death!
  To him that is at ease in his possessions:
    Who, counting on long years of pleasure here,
      Is quite unfurnish'd for that world to come!
      - The Grave (l. 350) [Death]

Sure 'tis a serious thing to die! My soul!
  What a strange moment it be, when, near
    Thy journey's end, thou hast the gulf in view!
      That awful gulf, no mortal e'er repass'd
        To tell what's doing on the other side.
      - The Grave (l. 369) [Death]

But if there be an hereafter,
  And that there is, conscience, uninfluenc'd
    And suffer'd to speak out, tells every man,
      Then must it be an awful thing to die;
        More horrid yet to die by one's own hand.
      - The Grave (l. 398) [Suicide]

Our time is fixed, and all our days are number'd;
  How long, how short, we know not:--this we know,
    Duty requires we calmly wait the summons,
      Nor dare to stir till Heaven shall give permission.
      - The Grave (l. 417) [Suicide]

See yonder maker of the dead man's bed,
  The sexton, hoary-headed chronicle,
    Of hard, unmeaning face, down which ne'er stole
      A gentle tear.
      - The Grave (l. 451) [Graves]

'Tis long since Death had the majority.
      - The Grave (l. 451) [Death]

Smiled like yon knot of cowslips on a cliff.
      - The Grave (l. 520) [Cowslips]

When it draws near to witching time of night.
      - The Grave (l. 55) [Night]

Who gather round, and wonder at the tale
  Of horrid apparition, tall and ghastly,
    That walks at dead of night, or takes his stand
      O'er some new-open'd grave; and, (strange to tell!)
        Evanishes at crowing of the cock.
      - The Grave (l. 67) [Apparitions]

Friendship! mysterious cement of the soul,
  Sweet'ner of life, and solder of society.
      - The Grave (l. 87) [Friendship]

Th' oppressive, sturdy, man-destroying villains,
  Who ravag'd kingdoms, and laid empires waste,
    And in a cruel wantonness of power,
      Thinn'd states of half their people, and gave up
        To want the rest.
      - The Grave (l. 9) [Tyranny]

Careless, unsocial plant! that loves to dwell
  'Midst skulls and coffins, epitaphs and worms:
    Where light-heel'd ghosts and visionary shades,
      Beneath the wan, cold Moon (as Fame reports)
        Embodied, thick, perform their mystic rounds
          No other merriment, dull tree! is thine.
      - The Grave (l.22) [Yew]

The schoolboy, with his satchel in his hand,
  Whistling aloud to bear his courage up.
      - The Grave (pt. I, l. 58) [Courage]

The good he scorned
  Stalked off reluctant, like an ill-used ghost,
    Not to return; or if it did, in visits
      Like those of angels, short and far between.
      - The Grave (pt. II, l. 586) [Goodness]


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