English poetry : From Collins to Fitzgerald. Vol. 2 by William Collins

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Then what was his failing? come, tell it, and burn ye,— He was, could he help it? a special attorney. Here Reynolds is laid, and, to tell you my mind, He has not left a wiser or better behind. His pencil was striking, resisdess, and grand; OLIVER GOLDSMITH 509 His manners were gentle, complying, and bland; Still born to improve us in every part, His pencil our faces, his manners our heart: To coxcombs averse, yet most civilly steering, When they judged without skill he was still hard of hearing; When they talk of their Raphaels, Correggios, and stuff, He shifted his trumpet, and only took snuff.

For Adoration, beyond match, The scholar bullfinch aims to catch The soft flute's ivory touch: And, careless, on the hazel spray The daring redbreast keeps at bay The damsel's greedy clutch. CHRISTOPHER SMART For Adoration, in the skies, The Lord's philosopher espies The dog, the ram, and rose; The planets' ring, Orion's sword; Nor is his greatness less adored In the vile worm that glows. For Adoration, on the strings The western breezes work their wings, The captive ear to soothe— Hark! 'tis a voice—how still, and small— That makes the cataracts to fall, Or bids the sea be smooth!

Constant—in love to God, the Truth, Age, manhood, infancy, and youth: To Jonathan his friend Constant, beyond the verge of death; And Ziba, and Mephibosheth, His endless fame attend. Pleasant—and various as the year; Man, soul, and angel without peer, Priest, champion, sage, and boy; In armour or in ephod clad, His pomp, his piety was glad; Majestic was his joy. Wise—in recovery from his fall, Whence rose his eminence o'er all, Of all the most reviled; The light of Israel in his ways, Wise are his precepts, prayer, and praise, And counsel to his child.

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