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Seite 165 - Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, But to be young was very heaven! — Oh! times, In which the meagre, stale, forbidding ways Of custom, law, and statute, took at once The attraction of a country in romance! When Reason seemed the most to assert her rights, When most intent on making of herself A prime Enchantress — to assist the work, Which then was going forward in her name!
Seite 86 - ... apiece ; so that he brought them up in godliness and fear of God. He kept hospitality for his poor neighbours, and some alms he gave to the poor. And all this he did of the said farm, where he that now hath it payeth sixteen pound by year or more, and is not able to do anything for his prince, for himself, nor for his children, or give a cup of drink to the poor.
Seite 165 - Among the bowers of Paradise itself) The budding rose above the rose full blown. What temper at the prospect did not wake To happiness unthought of?
Seite 86 - He had walk for an hundred sheep, and my mother milked thirty kine. He was able, and did find the King a harness, with himself and his horse, while he came to the place that he should receive the King's wages. I can remember that I buckled his harness when he went to Blackheath field. He kept me to school, or else I had not been able to have preached before the King's Majesty now.
Seite 165 - On ! pleasant exercise of hope and joy ! For mighty were the auxiliars which then stood Upon our side, we who were strong in love ! Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive...
Seite 166 - And dealt with whatsoever they found there As if they had within some lurking right To wield it ; — they, too, who, of gentle mood, Had...
Seite 166 - To happiness unthought of ? The inert Were roused, and lively natures rapt away ! They who had fed their childhood upon dreams, The playfellows of fancy, who had made All powers of swiftness, subtilty...
Seite 166 - Did now find helpers to their hearts' desire And stuff at hand plastic as they could wish, Were called upon to exercise their skill, Not in Utopia - subterraneous fields, Or some secreted island, heaven knows where! But in the very world which is the world Of all of us, the place in which in the end We find our happiness, or not at all.
Seite 86 - was a yeoman, and had no lands of his own, only he had a farm of three or four pound by year at the uttermost, and hereupon he tilled so much as kept half a dozen men. He had walk for a hundred sheep ; and my mother milked thirty kine. He was able and did find the king a harness, with himself and his horse, while he came to the place that he should receive the king's wages.