The village; a poem. With an appendix

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143 ページ - First Moloch, horrid king besmeared with blood Of human sacrifice, and parents' tears, Though for the noise of drums and timbrels loud Their children's cries unheard, that passed through fire To his grim idol.
147 ページ - And he slew it; and Moses took of the blood of it, and put it upon the tip of Aaron's right ear, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot.
144 ページ - Pour forth their lives, and on the pyre are thrown. Of nine large dogs, domestic at his board, Fall two, selected to attend their lord. Then last of all, and horrible to tell, Sad sacrifice ! twelve Trojan captives fell.
45 ページ - Squire Quirk, the justice, to dispense the laws, Sits in the pride of power to judge the cause, Grave as an owl in solemn- state presides, And as sly Varus bids, the cause decides : Vain all authorities, and justice vain, Not Dexter's self a single point could gain : Cold as the snows which freeze around the pole, No eloquence could warm his frigid soul ; Dark as the shades of Milton's Stygian night, His mind admits no glimmering ray of light ; Too dull for reasoning, and too proud for shame, No...
42 ページ - ... an odious, pettifogging trade. Prompt with demurrers, skillful in abatements, To circumvention trained, and bold in statements, Each villain's hireling, used by every knave, Of meanest wretches e'en a meaner slave, To rob too cowardly, too proud to steal, And makes some justice,— a commissioned fool, — For paltry aims a secret legal tool, Or deeper cheats, to gain him larger fees, Performs by quibbles, sophistry and pleas. This is severe enough, but there is much more to the same effect....
20 ページ - Nile return'd within its bed. Along its borders, spreading far and wide, The tall, straight pines appear on every side. To these thick woods the hardy labourer goes, And rears his sheltering tent amid the snows, His couch the hemlock's twigs, his household ware, A jug and basket fill'd with simplest fare.
20 ページ - ... simplest fare. Ye, who indulge in indolence and ease, Whom spleen invades and moody vapours seize, To whom each day an age of trouble seems, Whose nights are wakeful or disturb'd by dreams, Observe the happy quiet of his rest, And learn, like him, by labour to be blest. Ye bloated epicures, diseases...
99 ページ - But they are men, and no plea of private advantage or public policy can justify their enslavement, or palliate the enormities committed in stealing them from their native country, subduing them to obedience, and working them as if they were beasts in human shape. ... It is idle to talk of legal restraints upon men whose crimes are witnessed only by accomplices or sufferers, of the former of whom the testimony would be evasive through interest and corruption, of the latter, excluded by law. Indeed...
24 ページ - Resolved on death, in sullen, fierce despair, He strives by suicide to end his care ; But watchful keepers guard from that relief, And save his hated life for deeper grief, For other tyrants, other modes of pain, For trade and traffic...
41 ページ - tis an honored name, A title glorious on the roll of Fame ; Too dear for wealth, which birth cannot bestow, Or flattery wreathe around a lordling's brow; A title from the fane of science borne, By weary vigils earned, by Wisdom worn, Of import vast, in which the honors blend Of Honor's champion, and of Freedom's friend; Yet Justice fails the sacred name to save From profanation of the fool and knave, Who, jackdaws still...