Winter: A Poem. By James Thomson

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N. Blandford, 1726 - 51 pages

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Page 42 - Attract his slender feet. The foodless wilds Pour forth their brown inhabitants. The hare, Though timorous of heart, and hard beset By death in various forms, dark snares, and dogs, And more unpitying men, the garden seeks, Urged on by fearless want.
Page 34 - Pour flood on flood, yet unexhausted still Combine, and, deepening into night, shut up The day's fair face. The wanderers of heaven, Each to his home, retire; save those that love To take their pastime in the troubled air, Or skimming flutter round the dimply pool. The cattle from the untasted fields return And ask, with meaning low, their wonted stalls, Or ruminate in the contiguous shade.
Page 41 - Along the mazy current. Low the woods Bow their hoar head ; and ere the languid sun Faint from the west emits his evening ray, Earth's universal face, deep hid and chill, Is one wild dazzling waste, that buries wide The works of man.
Page 26 - Congenial horrors , hail ! with frequent foot , Pleas'd have I , in my chearful morn of life , When nurs'd by careless solitude I liv'd , And sung of Nature with unceasing joy , Pleas'd have I wander'd thro...
Page 43 - Dig for the withered herb through heaps of snow. Now, shepherds, to your helpless charge be kind, Baffle the raging year, and fill their pens With food at will; lodge them below the storm, And watch them strict : for from the bellowing east, In this dire season, oft...
Page 38 - Keen-fastening, shakes them to the solid base. Sleep frighted flies; and round the rocking dome, For entrance eager, howls the savage blast.
Page 35 - Resistless, roaring, dreadful, down it comes, From the rude mountain, and the mossy wild, Tumbling through rocks abrupt, and sounding far; Then o'er the sanded valley floating spreads...
Page 34 - Or ruminate in the contiguous shade. Thither the household feathery people crowd, The crested cock, with all his female train, Pensive, and dripping ; while the...
Page 53 - More horrible. Can human hearts endure Th' assembled mischiefs, that besiege them round: Unlist'ning hunger, fainting weariness, The roar of winds, and waves, the crush of ice, Now, ceasing, now, renew'd, with louder rage, And bellowing round the main: nations remote, Shook from their midnight-slumbers, deem they hear Portentous thunder, in the troubled sky. More to embroil the deep, Leviathan, And his unwieldy train, in horrid sport, Tempest the loosen'd brine; while, thro...
Page 45 - By wintry famine rous'd, from all the tract Of horrid mountains which the shining Alps, And wavy Apennine, and Pyrenees, Branch out stupendous into distant lands; Cruel as death, and hungry as the grave; Burning for blood; bony, and gaunt, and grim. Assembling wolves in raging troops descend; And, pouring o'er the country, bear along, Keen as the north wind sweeps the glossy snow. All is their prize.

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