Oft in the tranquil hour of night, when stars illume the sky, I gaze upon each orb of light, and wish that thou wert by.
Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store? Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find Thee sitting careless on a granary floor, Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind; Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep, Drows’d with the fume of poppies, while thy hook Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers.john keats
For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart wih pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils.william wordsworth
And join with thee, calm Peace and Quiet, Spare Fast, that oft with gods doth diet.john milton
Now let us thank the Eternal Power: convinced That Heaven but tries our virtue by affliction, That oft the cloud which wraps the present hour Serves but to brighten all our future days.john brown
And he that strives to touch the stars, oft stumbles at a straw.Edmund Spenser
oft on the dappled turf at ease I sit, and play with similes, Loose types of things through all degrees.william wordsworth
In man's most dark extremity oft succour dawns from Heaven.walter scott
E'en in mid-harvest, while the jocund swain Pluck'd from the brittle stalk the golden grain, oft have I seen the war of winds contend, And prone on earth th' infuriate storm descend, Waste far and wide, and by the roots uptorn, The heavy harvest sweep through ether borne, As the light straw and rapid stubble fly In dark'ning whirlwinds round the wintry sky.
He that strives to touch a star, oft stumbles at a straw.Edmund Spenser
Poets like painters, thus unskilled to trace The naked nature and the living grace, With gold and jewels cover ev'ry part, And hide with ornaments their want of art. True wit is Nature to advantage dressed, What oft was thought, but ne'er so well expressed.Alexander Pope
How near another's heart we oft may stand,Yet all unknowing what we fain would knowIts heights of joy, its depths of bitter woe,As, wrecked upon some desert island's strand,They watch our white sails near and nearer grow;Then we, who for their rescue death would dare,Unheeding pass, and leave them to despair.julia abigail fletcher carney
How oft in schoolboy-days, from the school's swayHave I run forth to Nature as to a friend, —With some pretext of o'erwrought sight, to spendMy school-time in green meadows far away!Careless of summoning bell, or clocks that strike,I marked with flowers the minutes of my day.frederick goddard tuckerman
Success, the mark no mortal wit, Or surest hand, can always hit: For whatsoe'er we perpetrate, We do but row, we're steer'd by Fate, Which in success oft disinherits, For spurious causes, noblest merits.
And looking to the Heaven, that bends above you, How oft! I bless the Lot, that made me love you.Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Die glücklichen Pessimisten! Welche Freude empfinden sie, so oft sie bewiesen haben, daß es keine Freude gibt.marie von ebner-eschenbach
A lucky chance, that oft decides the fate of mighty monarchs.james thomson
Alas, poor Tom! how oft, with merry heart, Have we beheld thee play the Sexton's part; Each comic heart must now be grieved to see The Sexton's dreary part performed on thee.Robert Fergusson
oft expectation fails and most oft there Where most it promises, and oft it hits Where hope is coldest and despair most fits.william shakespeare
Hopes have precarious life. They are oft blighted, withered, snapped sheer off In vigorous growth and turned to rottenness.george eliot
Heard so oft In worst extremes, and on the perilous edge Of battle.john milton
He that of greatest works is finisher oft does them by the weakest minister: So holy writ in babes hath judgment shown, When judges have been babes.william shakespeare
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