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SAMUEL ROGERS
English poet
(1763 - 1855)
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To know her was to love her.
      - [Love]

Vast and deep the mountain shadows grew.
      - [Evening]

What remains when hope is fled? She answered, "Endless weeping.
      - [Weeping]

When a new book comes out, I read an old one.
      - [Books]

When with care we have raised an imaginary treasure of happiness, we find at last that the materials of the structure are frail and perishing, and the foundation itself is laid in the sand.
      - [Frailty]

Women have the understanding of the heart, which is better than that of the head.
      - [Understanding]

Wouldst thou behold his monument? Look around!
      - [Monuments]

Mine be a cot beside the hill;
  A beehive's hum shall soothe my ear;
    A willowy brook, that turns a mill,
      With many a fall, shall linger near.
      - A Wish [Country Life]

Age has now
  Stamped with its signet that ingenuous brow.
      - Human Life [Age]

Pointing to such, well might Cornelia say,
  When the rich casket shone in bright array,
    "These are my Jewels!" Well of such as he,
      When Jesus spake, well might the language be,
        "Suffer these little ones to come to me!"
      - Human Life (l. 202) [Childhood]

To fireside happiness, to hours of ease
  Blest with that charm, the certainty to please.
      - Human Life (l. 347) [Home]

A guardian angel o'er his life presiding,
  Doubling his pleasures, and his cares dividing.
      - Human Life (l. 353) [Angels]

The soul of music slumbers in the shell,
  Till wak'd and kindled by the master's spell,
    And feeling hearts touch them but lightly--pour
      A thousand melodies unheard before!
      - Human Life (l. 359) [Feeling : Music]

And the Sabbath bell,
  That over wood and wild and mountain dell
    Wanders so far, chasing all thoughts unholy
      With sounds most musical, most melancholy.
      - Human Life (l. 517) [Bells]

Those that he loved so long and sees no more,
  Loved and still loves--not dead, but gone before,
    He gathers round him.
      - Human Life (l. 739) [Death]

Then never less alone than when alone.
      - Human Life (l. 759) [Solitude]

By many a temple half as old as Time.
      - Italy [Time]

That old hereditary bore,
  The steward.
      - Italy--A Character (l. 13) [Bores]

As though I lived to write, and wrote to live.
      - Italy--A Character (l. 16) [Authorship]

Day glimmer'd in the east, and the white Moon
  Hung like a vapor in the cloudless sky.
      - Italy--The Lake of Geneva [Moon]

To vanish in the chinks that Time has made.
      - Italy-Poestum (l. 59) [Time]

Oh! she was good as she was fair.
  None--none on earth above her!
    As pure in thought as angels are,
      To know her was to love her.
      - Jacqueline (pt. I, l. 68) [Love]

The Good are better made by Ill,
  As odours crushed are sweeter still.
      - Jacqueline (st. 3) [Adversity : Proverbs]

Sweet drop of pure and pearly light;
  In thee the rays of Virtue shine;
    More calmly clear, more mildly bright,
      Than any gem that gilds the mine.
      - On a Tear [Tears]

That very law which moulds a tear,
  And bids it trickle from its source,
    That law preserves the earth a sphere,
      And guides the planets in their course.
      - On a Tear (st. 6) [Law]


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