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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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THE COMPLETE POETICAL WORKS OF WILLIAM COWPER

REV. H. STEBBING - 1854
...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 1 'Twere well, says one sage erudite, profound, Terribly arch'd, and aquiline his nose, And overbuilt...
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The poetical works of William Cowper, with life ..., Página 100,Volumen 1

William Cowper - 1854
...conscience, but it sleeps While thoughtful man is plausibly amused. From reveries so airy, from the toil iss Of dropping buckets into empty wells, 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 Complete Poetical Works of William Cowper: With Life, and Critical ...

William Cowper - 1855 - 516 páginas
...While thoughtful man is plausibly amused. Defend me therefore, common sense, say 1, 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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Poems, Volúmenes 1-3

William Cowper - 1855
...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 task, a poem, illustr. by B. Foster

William Cowper - 1855
...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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Letters on the Philosophy of the Human Mind

Samuel Bailey - 1855 - 258 páginas
...incapacity ? If they are to be taken at their word, they are at the best engaged in nothing better than the toil Of dropping buckets into empty wells, And growing old in drawing nothing up." The course of the writers here alluded to, well exemplifies the evils arising from the personification...
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The Wesleyan Local Preachers' Manual; Being a Series of Lectures on Biblical ...

George Smith - 1855 - 576 páginas
...Sisyphus or Tantalus, he is ever labouring to accomplish an impossibility, and spends his time " In dropping buckets into empty wells, And growing old in drawing nothing up." Yes; for any error of this kind, the individual himself, and, next to him, his brethren, have to pay...
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The Poetical Works of William Cowper Esq. and Memoir of the Author

G. Standfast - 1856
...While thoughtful man is plausibly amus'd. 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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Lectures on the Life, Genius and Insanity of Cowper

George Barrell Cheever - 1856 - 415 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 drawing nothing up. We derive the materials for this continued investigation from Cowper himself. Up to the period of his...
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A Collection of Familiar Quotations: With Complete Indices of Authors and ...

John Bartlett - 1856 - 358 páginas
...Paradise that hast survived the fall ! Great contest follows, and much learned dust. From reveries so airy, from the toil Of dropping buckets into empty wells, And growing old in drawing nothing up. How various his employments whom the world Calls idle ; and who justly in return Esteems that busy...
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