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" Defend me therefore, common sense, say I, From reveries so airy, from the toil Of dropping buckets into empty wells, And growing old in drawing nothing up... "
Poems: By William Cowper, ... In Two Volumes. ... - Страница 99
по William Cowper - 1795
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Matthew Hargraves

Evelyn Beatrice Hall - 1914 - 403 страници
...molehills of social slights and favours, and replacing the realities of life with eternal futilities — Dropping buckets into empty wells, And growing old in drawing nothing up. His imagination was not nearly strong enough to enable him so to see Patty ; but his reason told him...

Addresses at Patriotic and Civic Occasions, Том 2

1915
...wanting in unity, continuity, coordination, and plain logic. Its operation reminds me of " the painful toil of dropping buckets into empty wells and growing old in drawing nothing up." I never could see, either by any system of reason or logic, why the poor man must be taxed to educate...

In the Hollow of His Hand

Ralph Waldo Trine - 1915 - 242 страници
...that those before them had. One result is that the members of these bodies are no longer among those " Dropping buckets into empty wells, And growing old in drawing nothing up." Thinking men and women, then, are too much in earnest regarding life and its problems; they are too...

Ethics of Democracy: A Series of Optimistic Essays on the Natural Laws of ...

Louis Freeland Post - 1916 - 374 страници
...their age in penury, those pathetic human creatures who are, as Cowper writes of another class, — Dropping buckets into empty wells, And growing old in drawing nothing up, — they do not even admit luck as a factor, but are firmly convinced that getting rich is only a matter...

International Clinics: A Quarterly of Clinical Lectures

1916
...and schools for the mental, moral, and physical rehabilitation of unfortunate humanity, we will be Dropping buckets into empty wells And growing old in drawing nothing up. ©btftetrtcs THE CONDUCT OF BREECH PRESENTATIONS* BY JB LUKINS, MD Adjunct Professor of Obstetrics...

Hints to Pilgrims

Charles Stephen Brooks - 1921 - 192 страници
...wretched stories would cover the wood-pulp of the state. His health was threatened. He was resting from the toil "Of dropping buckets into empty wells, And growing old in drawing nothing up." From all this it must appear that the real difficulty is in finding a sufficient plot. The start of...

In Memoriam: Frank Wakely Gunsaulus, 1856-1921

1921 - 134 страници
...Sermons in stones, and good in everything." t Surely Cowper's charge could not be laid to him — [49] "Of dropping buckets into empty wells, And growing old in drawing nothing up." What boundless, fathomless resources were at his command ! Out of the fountain's depths of his own...

My Philosophy and My Religion

Ralph Waldo Trine - 1921 - 130 страници
...the uses and to the problems of their every-day lives. They are no longer contented to be among those "Dropping buckets into empty wells, And growing old in drawing nothing up." They are going directly to the Master, they are catching His message, His spirit, His truth, and they...

Circling Year: Perspectives from a Country Parish

Ronald Blythe - 2001 - 220 страници
...more magical - would come all too soon. William Cowper mourned his passing 'From reveries so airy' to the toil Of dropping buckets into empty wells, And growing old in drawing nothing up. Not, I hasten to reassure myself, that it has come to that. Having been allowed (nobody appeared to...
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William McKinley and His America

Howard Wayne Morgan, Kent State University Press - 2003 - 488 страници
...once the Philippines were reached, and Davis shuddered at the thought. "But I am getting tired of this toil of dropping buckets into empty- wells, and growing old in drawing nothing up, and so also are my associates."38 The problem of McKinley's silence remained. The peace commission...
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