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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 Rural Poetry of the English Language: Illustrating the Seasons and ...

Joseph William Jenks - 1856 - 554 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 ! SYMPATHY WITH ERRINO HUMANITY. Twere well, says one sage erudite, profound, Terribly arched, and...
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The Task, Table Talk, and Other Poems: With Critical Observations of Various ...

William Cowper - 1856 - 435 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 ! 190 JUSTIFICATION OF THE PRECEDING CKNSDKES. 'Twere well, says one, sage, erudite, profound, Terribly...
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The Essentials of the English Sentence

Elias J. MacEwan - 1900 - 310 páginas
...evidence of his having burned a barn. having been known 'to steal horses was \ evidence 'of 6. I dread the toil of dropping buckets into empty wells, and growing old in drawing nothing up. I dread toil dropping buckets 7. Ready to depart, we were about to bid our friends farewell. 1 to We...
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Composition and Rhetoric by Practice: With Exercises Adapted for Use in High ...

William Williams - 1902 - 338 páginas
...— A necessary act incurs no blame." 6. " 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." " O yet we trust that somehow good Will be the final goal of ill ; That nothing walks with aimless...
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The Rommany Stone

Sir James Henry Yoxall - 1902 - 330 páginas
...the profane, let me not be thought to arraign the wisdom of my superiors. —Oxford in the Vacation. The toil Of dropping buckets into empty wells And growing old in drawing nothing up. —The Task, iii. The men of our time are not to be converted or perverted by quartos. XV. THE next...
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Familiar Quotations: A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced ...

John Bartlett - 1903 - 1158 páginas
...lii. The Garden. Line 41. Great contest follows, and much learned dust. Line 101. From reveries so airy, from the toil Of dropping buckets into empty wells, And growing old in drawing nothing up.1 Line iss. 1 See Dryden, page 277. 2 No pleasure endures unseasoned by variety. — Pun. SYHUS:...
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The World's Best Poetry ...

John Vance Cheney, Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts, Charles Francis Richardson, Francis Hovey Stoddard, John Raymond Howard - 1904
...Poetry : Swift Opportunity. w. R. ALGER. 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. Task, Bk. III. w. COWPER. Like Dead Sea fruit that tempts the eye, But turns to ashes on the lips !...
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Waiting Upon God

Andrew Bruce Davidson - 1904 - 378 páginas
...It seems often as if our life were to be consumed in waiting, and in the end receiving nothing : " Dropping buckets into empty wells, And growing old in drawing nothing up," as if we had to exhaust ourselves looking. As the Psalmist wrote, " Mine eyes fail while I wait for...
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The Menace of Privilege: A Study of the Dangers to the Republic from the ...

Henry George - 1905 - 421 páginas
...CHAPTER I. ORGANIZATION OF LABORERS CHAPTER II. DANGERS OF UNIONISM Defend me, therefore, . . . . . . from the toil Of dropping buckets into empty wells, And growing old in drawing nothing up. — COWPER: Task. The workmen desire to get as much, the masters to give as little, as possible. The...
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Lectures and Essays, Volumen 1

Alfred Ainger - 1905 - 740 páginas
...with all thy faults, I love thee still. There is a pleasure in poetic pains Which only poets know. The toil Of dropping buckets into empty wells, And growing old in drawing nothing up! The cup that cheers but not inebriates— and a dozen more. Rather was it the home-felt scenes in the...
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