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English poet
(1731 - 1800)
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All learned, and all drunk!
      - Task (bk. IV, l. 478) [Intemperance]

He comes, the herald of a noisy world,
  With spatter'd boots, strapp'd waist, and frozen locks;
    News from all nations lumbering at his back.
      - Task (bk. IV, l. 5) [Journalism]

Ten thousand casks,
  Forever dribbling out their base contents,
    Touch'd by the Midas finger of the state,
      Bleed gold for ministers to sport away.
        Drink, and be mad then; 'tis your country bids!
      - Task (bk. IV, l. 504) [Wine and Spirits]

Gloriously drunk, obey the important call.
      - Task (bk. IV, l. 510) [Intemperance]

What is it but a map of busy life,
  Its fluctuations, and its vast concerns?
      - Task (bk. IV, l. 55) [Life]

On the summit see,
  The seals of office glitter in his eyes;
    He climbs, he pants, he grasps them! At his heels,
      Close at his heels, a demagogue ascends,
        And with a dexterous jerk soon twists him down,
          And wins them, but to lose them in his turn.
      - Task (bk. IV, l. 58) [Ambition]

He stands erect; his slouch becomes a walk;
  He steps right onward, martial in his air,
    His form and movement.
      - Task (bk. IV, l. 638) [Soldiers]

'Tis pleasant, through the loopholes of retreat,
  To peep at such a world; to see the stir
    Of the Great Babel, and not feel the crowd.
      - Task (bk. IV, l. 88) [World]

With spots quadrangular of diamond form,
  Ensanguined hearts, clubs typical of strife,
    And spades, the emblems of untimely graves.
      - Task (bk. IV, The Winter Evening, l. 217)

In indolent vacuity of thought.
      - Task (bk. IV, The Winter Evening, l. 297)

Silently as a dream the fabric rose;
  No sound of hammer or of saw was there.
      - Task (bk. V, l. 144) [Architecture]

The town is man's world, but this (country life) is of God.
      - Task (bk. V, l. 16) [Country Life]

But war's a game, which, were their subjects wise,
  Kings would not play at.
      - Task (bk. V, l. 187) [War]

Such dupes are men to custom, and so prone
  To rev'rence what is ancient, and can plead
    A course of long observance for its use,
      That even servitude, the worst of ills,
        Because deliver'd down from sire to son,
          Is kept and guarded as a sacred thing!
      - Task (bk. V, l. 298) [Custom]

We are his,
  To serve him nobly in the common cause,
    True to the death, but not to be his slaves.
      - Task (bk. V, l. 340) [Service]

Out love is principle, and has its root
  In reason, is judicious, manly, free.
      - Task (bk. V, l. 353) [Love]

'Tis liberty alone that gives the flower
  Of fleeting life its lustre and perfume;
    And we are weeds without it.
      - Task (bk. V, l. 446) [Liberty]

The still small voice is wanted.
      - Task (bk. V, l. 687) [Conscience]

He is the freeman whom the truth makes free,
  And all are slaves besides.
      - Task (bk. V, l. 733) [Freedom]

Acquaint thyself with God, if thou would'st taste
  His works. Admitted once to his embrace,
    Thou shalt perceive that thou wast blind before:
      Thine eye shall be instructed; and thine heart
        Made pure shall relish with divine delight
          Till then unfelt, what hands divine have wrought.
      - Task (bk. V, l. 782) [God]

Then liberty, like day,
  Breaks on the soul, and by a flash from Heaven
    Fires all the faculties with glorious joy.
      - Task (bk. V, l. 882) [Liberty]

The beggarly last doit.
      - Task
         (bk. V, The Winter Morning Walk, l. 126)

All has its date below; the fatal hour
  Was register'd in Heav'n ere time began.
    We turn to dust, and all our mightiest works
      Die too.
      - Task
         (bk. V, The Winter Morning Walk, l. 540)

But who with filial confidence inspired,
  Can lift to Heaven an unpresumptuous eye,
    And smiling say, My Father made them all.
      - Task
         (bk. V, The Winter Morning Walk, l. 745)

An inadvertent step may crush the snail
  That crawls at evening in the public path.
    But he that has humanity, forewarned,
      Will turn aside and let the reptile live.
      - Task (bk. VI) [Humanity]

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