The glad circle round them yield their souls To festive mirth, and wit that knows no gall.
James Thomson, The Seasons, Summer (1727), line 403.
Rocks rich in gems, and Mountains big with mines, That on the high Equator, ridgy, rise, Whence many a bursting Stream auriferous plays.James Thomson
Give a man a horse he can ride, Give a man a boat he can sail; And his rank and wealth, his strength and health, On sea nor shore shall fail.James Thomson
The best of men have ever loved repose: They hate to mingle in the filthy fray; Where the soul sours, and gradual rancour grows, Imbitter'd more from peevish day to day.James Thomson
You cannot rob me of free nature's grace, You cannot shut the windows of the sky Through which Aurora shows her brightening face.James Thomson
Welcome, kindred glooms! Congenial horrors, hail!James Thomson
Give a man a girl he can love, As I, O my love, love thee; And his heart is great with the pulse of Fate, At home, on land, on sea.James Thomson
Yet why evoke the spectres of black night
To blot the sunshine of exultant years?
And all sad scenes and thoughts and feelings vanish In that sweet sleep no power can ever banish, That one best sleep which never wakes again.James Thomson
A lucky chance, that oft decides the fate of mighty monarchs.James Thomson
The big round tears run down his dappled face; He groans in anguish.James Thomson
He ceased; but still their trembling ears retained The deep vibrations of his witching song.James Thomson
But who can paint Like nature? Can Imagination boast, Amid its gay creation, hues like hers?James Thomson
When Britain first at Heaven's command, Arose from out the azure main, This was the charter of the land, And guardian angels sung this strain; "Rule Britannia! rule the waves; Britons never will be slaves."James Thomson
Soft-buzzing Slander; silly moths that eat An honest name.James Thomson
But while listening Senates hang upon thy tongue, Devolving through the maze of eloquence A roll of periods, sweeter than her song.James Thomson
They who are pleased themselves must always please.James Thomson
Health is the vital principle of bliss, and exercise, of health.James Thomson
Among the crooked lanes, on every hedge, The glow-worm lights his gem; and through the dark, A moving radiance twinkles.James Thomson
The negligence of Nature wide and wild, Where, undisguised by mimic art, she spreads Unbounded beauty to the roving eye.James Thomson
Delightful task! to rear the tender Thought, To teach the young Idea how to shoot, To pour the fresh Instruction o'er the Mind, To breathe the enlivening Spirit, and to fix The generous urpose in the glowing breast.James Thomson
The Hawthorn whitens; and the juicy Groves Put forth their buds, unfolding by degrees, Till the whole leafy Forest stands displayed, In full luxuriance, to the sighing gales.James Thomson
At first, heard solemn o'er the verge of Heaven, The Tempest growls; but as it nearer comes, And rolls its awful burden on the wind, The Lightnings flash a larger curve, and more The Noise astounds; till overhead a sheet Of livid flame discloses wide, then shuts, And opens wider; shuts and opens still Expansive, wrapping ether in a blaze. Follows the loosen'd aggravated Roar, Enlarging, deepening, mingling, peal on peal, Crush'd, horrible, convulsing Heaven and Earth.James Thomson
Age too shines out: and, garrulous, recounts the feats of youth.James Thomson
Slow let us trace the matchless vale of Thames; Fair winding up to where the Muses haunt In Twit'nham bowers, and for their Pope implore.James Thomson
Ah! what avail the largest gifts of Heaven , When drooping health and spirits go amiss? How tasteless then whatever can be given! Health is the vital principle of [bliss]], And exercise of health.James Thomson
I care not, Fortune , what you me deny; You cannot rob me of free Nature's grace , You cannot shut the windows of the sky , Through which Aurora shows her brightening face; You cannot bar my constant feet to trace The woods and lawns, by living stream, at eve.James Thomson
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