Poems, Complete in One Volume

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J.R. Osgood and Company, 1876 - 491 pages
 

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Page 259 - the Elephant Is very like a rope!" And so these men of Indostan Disputed loud and long, Each in his own opinion Exceeding stiff and strong, Though each was partly in the right, And all were in the wrong...
Page 257 - The second feeling of the tusk, Cried, "Ho! what have we here So very round and smooth and sharp? To me 'tis mighty clear This wonder of an elephant Is very like a spear!
Page 118 - A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table than when his wife talks Greek.
Page 50 - And tells me of the pains He suffers from a score of ills Of which he ne'er complains; And how he struggled once with death To keep the fiend at bay; On themes like those away he goes, But never goes away!
Page 258 - The Sixth no sooner had begun About the beast to grope, Than, seizing on the swinging tail That fell within his scope, I see, quoth he, the Elephant Is very like a rope! And so these men of Indostan Disputed loud and long, Each in his own opinion Exceeding stiff and strong, Though each was partly in the right, And all were in the wrong!
Page 32 - Depend upon it, my snobbish friend, Your family thread you can't ascend, Without good reason to apprehend You may find it waxed at the farther end By some plebeian vocation ! Or, worse than that, your boasted Line May end in a loop of stronger twine, That plagued some worthy relation ! XVI.
Page 329 - And straight she held before the monarch's view, • In either hand, a radiant wreath of flowers ; The one, bedecked with every charming hue, Was newly culled from Nature's choicest bowers ; The other, no less fair in every part, Was the rare product of divinest Art. " Which is the true, and which the false ?
Page 258 - The Fifth who chanced to touch the ear, Said : "E'en the blindest man Can tell what this resembles most ; Deny the fact who can, This marvel of an elephant Is very like a fan !" The Sixth no sooner had begun About the beast to grope, Than seizing on the swinging tail That fell within his scope, "I see...
Page 257 - It was six men of Indostan To learning much inclined, Who went to see the Elephant (Though all of them were blind), That each by observation Might satisfy his mind. The First approached the Elephant, And happening to fall Against his broad and sturdy side. At once began to bawl: "God bless me! but the Elephant Is very like a wall !" The Second, feeling of the tusk, Cried "Ho!
Page 407 - Thisbe who lived next door, (They slept in fact on the very same floor, With a wall between them and nothing more, — Those double dwellings were common of yore) And they loved each other, the legends say, In that very beautiful, bountiful way, That every young maid, And every young blade, Are wont to do before they grow staid, And learn to love by the laws of trade. But alack-a-day for the girl and boy, A little impediment checked their joy, And gave them, a while, the deepest annoy.

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