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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 - Página 76
de William Cowper - 1790 - 298 páginas
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Sermons preached in the church of the Holy Trinity, Plymouth

Hinton Castle Smith - 1844 - 12 páginas
...cisterns, " cisterns that can hold no water," t and you will still continue to thirst and draw, — " dropping buckets into empty wells, " And growing old in drawing nothing up ; " until the Spirit give you new tastes, and new desires, — a divine and spiritual craving, which...
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Encyclopædia metropolitana; or, Universal dictionary of ..., Volumen 16

Encyclopaedia - 1845
...meddle with buck-washing. Id. Ib. fol. 50. 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! Cowper. The Task, book iii. Nothing is stol'n : my muse, though mean Draws from the spring she finds...
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Poems of William Cowper, Esq., with a New Memoir: Compiled from Johnson ...

William Cowper - 1846 - 284 páginas
...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 drawmg nothing up ! 'Twerc well, says one, sage, erudite, profound, Terribly arch'd and aquiline his...
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Poems, with a memoir of the author

William Cowper - 1847
...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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The Churchman's companion

1878
...all its flavour." " Domestic happiness, thou only bliss Of Paradise that hast survived the fall." " Dropping buckets into empty wells, And growing old in drawing nothing up." " The town has tinged the country." " Life spent in indolence and therefore sad." " But war's a game,...
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Mental Discipline: With Reference to the Acquisition and Communication of ...

Davis Wasgatt Clark - 1847 - 320 páginas
...preach, without having his mind stored with theological knowledge, are not unjustly characterized as, 44 Dropping buckets into empty wells ; And growing old in drawing nothing up." Where there is eloquence at all, there must be the eloquence of thought. A man may bluster, and foam,...
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The Complete Poetical Works of William Cowper ...: Including the Copyright ...

William Cowper - 1849 - 672 páginas
...While thoughtful man is plausibly amused. 186 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...
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Poems

William Cowper - 1850 - 514 páginas
...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 arched, and aquiline his nose, And overbuilt with most impending...
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The Gentleman's Magazine

1850
...are accused of finding delight — speculations, the investigation of which is likened by Cowper to the toil Of dropping buckets into empty wells, And growing old in drawing nothing up. With all our respect for antiquaries and their studies, we must admit that there are amongst them men...
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The Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review, Volumen 25

1851
...For my own part, assuredly I take no pride in it; it is the fruit of time mispeut, spent in— • the toil Of dropping buckets into empty wells, And growing old in drawing nothing up." For these reasons I want to get a bill of particulars, to the end, that we may show that we have fully...
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