The Poetical Works of Charles Churchill: The duellist, in three books. Gotham, in three books. The author. The conference. The ghost, bks. I-III

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W. Pickering, 1844

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Page 147 - How many thousand of my poorest subjects Are at this hour asleep ! O Sleep, O gentle Sleep, Nature's soft nurse, how have I frighted thee, That thou no more wilt weigh my eyelids down. And steep my senses in forgetfulness ! Why, rather, Sleep, liest thou in smoky cribs, Upon uneasy pallets stretching thee, And hush'd with buzzing night-flies to thy slumber ; Than in the perfumed chambers of the great, Under the canopies of costly state, And lull'd with sounds of sweetest melody...
Page 271 - PENSION [an allowance made to any one without an equivalent. In England it is generally understood to mean pay given to a state hireling for treason to his country'].
Page 147 - Wilt thou upon the high and giddy mast Seal up the ship-boy's eyes, and rock his brains In cradle of the rude imperious surge...
Page 302 - How oft, when press'd to marriage, have I said; Curse on all laws but those which love has made! Love, free as air, at sight of human ties, Spreads his light wings, and in a moment fliee. Let wealth, let honour, wait the wedded dame, August her deed, and sacred be her fame ; Before true passion all those views remove ; Fame, wealth, and honour ! what are you to love...
Page 147 - That, with the hurly, death itself awakes ? Canst thou, O partial sleep! give thy repose To the wet sea-boy in an hour so rude; And, in the calmest and most stillest night, With all appliances and means to boot, Deny it to a king ? Then, happy low, lie down ! Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
Page 215 - ... into the vault. The spirit was solemnly required to perform its promise, but nothing more than silence ensued : the person supposed to be accused by the spirit, then went down with several others, but no effect was perceived. Upon their return they examined the girl, but could draw no confession from her. Between two and three she desired and was permitted to go home with her father. " It is, therefore, the opinion of the whole assembly, that the child has some art of making or counterfeiting...
Page 36 - And was so proud, that should he meet The Twelve Apostles in the street, He'd turn his nose up at them all, And shove his Saviour from the wall...
Page 158 - AWAKE, my St. John ! leave all meaner things To low ambition and the pride of kings. Let us (since life can little more supply Than just to look about us and to die) Expatiate free o'er all this scene of man ; A mighty maze ! but not without a plan ; A wild where weeds and flowers promiscuous shoot, Or garden tempting with forbidden fruit.
Page 343 - This sceptre, form'd by temper'd steel, to prove An ensign of the delegates of Jove, From whom the power of laws and justice springs (Tremendous oath! inviolate to kings): By this I swear, when bleeding Greece again Shall call Achilles, she shall call in vain.
Page 6 - Purg'd by the sword and beautified by fire, Then had we seen proud London's hated walls; Owls might have hooted in St. Peter's choir, And foxes stunk and litter'd in St. Paul's.

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