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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Page 420
 
 
William Cowper. (1731–1800) (continued)
 
4518
    How various his employments whom the world
Calls idle, and who justly in return
Esteems that busy world an idler too!
          The Task. Book iii. The Garden. Line 352.
4519
    Who loves a garden loves a greenhouse too.
          The Task. Book iii. The Garden. Line 566.
4520
    I burn to set the imprison’d wranglers free,
And give them voice and utterance once again.
Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast,
Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round,
And while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn
Throws up a steamy column, and the cups
That cheer but not inebriate 1 wait on each,
So let us welcome peaceful evening in.
          The Task. Book iv. The Winter Evening. Line 34.
4521
    Which not even critics criticise.
          The Task. Book iv. The Winter Evening. Line 51.
4522
    What is it but a map of busy life,
Its fluctuations, and its vast concerns?
          The Task. Book iv. The Winter Evening. Line 55.
4523
    And Katerfelto, with his hair on end
At his own wonders, wondering for his bread.
’T is pleasant, through the loopholes of retreat,
To peep at such a world,—to see the stir
Of the great Babel, and not feel the crowd.
          The Task. Book iv. The Winter Evening. Line 86.
4524
    While fancy, like the finger of a clock,
Runs the great circuit, and is still at home.
          The Task. Book iv. The Winter Evening. Line 118.
4525
    O Winter, ruler of the inverted year! 2
          The Task. Book iv. The Winter Evening. Line 120.
4526
    With spots quadrangular of diamond form,
Ensanguined hearts, clubs typical of strife,
And spades, the emblems of untimely graves.
          The Task. Book iv. The Winter Evening. Line 217.
4527
    In indolent vacuity of thought.
          The Task. Book iv. The Winter Evening. Line 297.
4528
    It seems the part of wisdom.
          The Task. Book iv. The Winter Evening. Line 336.
4529
    All learned, and all drunk!
          The Task. Book iv. The Winter Evening. Line 478.
 
Note 1.
See Bishop Berkeley, Quotation 3. [back]
Note 2.
See Thomson, Quotation 21. [back]
 

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