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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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The poems of William Cowper, with notes from his own correspondence

William Cowper - 1824
...While thoughtful man is plausibly amused. Defend me therefore, common sense, say I, From reveries so airy, from the toil Of dropping buckets into empty...growing old in drawing nothing up ! " "Twere well," says one sage erudite profound, Terribly arch'd, and aquiline his nose, And overbuilt with most impending...

The Poetical Works of John Milton ...

John Milton - 1824 - 131 страници
...While thoughtful man is plausibly amused. 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 ! Twerc well, says one sage erudite, profund, Terribly arch'd, and aquiline his nose, And overbuilt...

A Letter on the Nature and Effects of the Tread-wheel: As an Instrument of ...

John Ivatt Briscoe - 1824 - 174 страници
...what extent the salutary sentence of hard labour might be unprofitably perverted. It is in truth *, " the toil " Of dropping buckets into empty wells, " And growing old in drawing nothing up." Divested of .all prejudice on the subject, I am quite at a loss to understand on what foundation the...

The Literary magnet of the belles lettres, science, and the fine arts ..., Том 2

Tobias Merton (pseud) - 1824
...became an out-and-out angler. But it proved, in my hands, as in many others before me, something Like dropping buckets into empty wells, And growing old in drawing nothing up ! The only thing I ever caught''' was a bramble, which appeared to have been lodged in the mud ; but...

The Parish Church; Or, Religion in Britain

Thomas Wood - 1825 - 411 страници
...256—258. to as little purpose as those philosophical speculatists, whom the poet describ.es as " dropping buckets into empty wells, And growing old in drawing nothing up." Such wa^the state of sacred literature, and the morals of the clergy were equally low and disgraceful....

Poems, Том 2

William Cowper - 1826
...While thoughtful man is plausibly amused. 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 ! 190 'Twere well, says one, sage, erndite, profound Terribly arch'd and aquiline his nose, And overbuilt...

Poems, Том 2

William Cowper - 1826
...While thoughtful man is plausibly amused. 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 ! 190 'Twere well, says one, sage, erudite, profound Terribly arch'd and aquiline his nose, And overbuilt...

Exercises in reading and recitation

Jonathan Barber - 1828 - 251 страници
...While thoughtful man is plausibly amused. Defend me therefore, common sense, say I, From reveries so airy, from the toil Of dropping buckets into empty...And growing old in drawing nothing up! 'Twere well, says one sage erudite profound, Terribly arch'd and aqueline his nose, And overbuilt with most impending...

Notes of a Journey in the North of Ireland, in the Summer of 1827: To which ...

1828 - 185 страници
...was in the habit of continually passing, his answers forcibly reminded us of the unprofitable task " Of dropping buckets into empty wells, " And growing old in drawing nothing up." I will not, however, deprive him of his meed of praise : he had one redeeming quality, that counterbalanced...

The poetical works of William Cowper, Том 2

William Cowper - 1830
...While thoughtful man is plausibly amused. Defend me therefore, common sense, say I, From reveries so airy, from the toil Of dropping buckets into empty...And growing old in drawing nothing up ! 'Twere well, says one sage erudite, profound, Terribly arch'd, and aquiline his nose, And overbuilt with most impending...




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