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" Where wealth accumulates, and men decay : Princes and lords may flourish, or may fade ; A breath can make them as a breath has made ; But a bold peasantry, their country's pride, When once destroyed, can never be supplied. A time there was, ere England's... "
Auntient lere, a selection of aphoristical and preceptive passages from the ... - Page 120
by Ancient learning - 1812
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Oliver Goldsmith: The Critical Heritage

G. S. Rousseau - Reference - 1995 - 385 pages
...has made; But a bold peasantry, their country's pride, When once destroy'd can never be supply *d. A time there was, e're England's griefs began, When every rood of ground maintain'd its man; For him light labour spread her wholesome store, Just gave what life requir'd but...
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Two Poets of the Oxford Movement: John Keble and John Henry Newman

Rodney Stenning Edgecombe - Poetry - 1996 - 296 pages
...wistful recollection of a vanished order, as witness this couplet from Goldsmith's Deserted Village: "A time there was, ere England's griefs began / When every rood of ground maintained its man." 56 The glorious "was" inevitably yields to a "now" of decadence and falling away: "But now the sounds...
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Knowing Your Place: Rural Identity and Cultural Hierarchy

Barbara Ching, Gerald Creed, Gerald W. Creed - Social Science - 1997 - 277 pages
...Village" (1770), also bemoaned the urbanization of England and similarly posited a rural Golden Age: A time there was 'ere England's griefs began, When every rood of land maintained its man. . . But times are altered; trade's unfeeling train Usurp the land and dispossess...
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Poetic Knowledge: The Recovery of Education

James S. Taylor - Education - 1998 - 211 pages
...had made; But a bold peasantry, their country's pride, When once destroyed, can never be supplied. A time there was ere England's griefs began, When...Labour spread her wholesome store, Just gave what life required, but gave no more: His best companions, innocence and health; And his best riches, ignorance...
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Anxious Allegiances: Legitimizing Identity in the Early Canadian Long Poem

Chaim David Mazoff - Literary Criticism - 1998 - 174 pages
...feet of "trade": 111 fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay A time there was, ere England's griefs began, When...labour spread her wholesome store, Just gave what life required, but gave no more: His best companions, innocence and health; And his best riches, ignorance...
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Romanticism Against the Tide of Modernity

Michael Lwy, Robert Sayre - History - 2001 - 317 pages
...decay . . . But a bold peasantry, their country's pride, When once destroyed, can never be supplied. A time there was, ere England's griefs began, When...labour spread her wholesome store, Just gave what life required, but gave no more . . . But times are altered; trade's unfeeling train Usurp the land and...
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Mrs. Fytton's Country Life

Mavis Cheek - Fiction - 2002 - 352 pages
...'Don't sing, Mummy/ they implored. Now, in a moment of joyous liberation, she gave it all she had got: 'When every rood of ground maintained its man; For...labour spread her wholesome store, Just gave what life required, and gave no more: His blest companions, innocence and health; And his best riches, ignorance...
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The Future of Corporate Globalization: From the Extended Order to the Global ...

Jeremiah J. Sullivan - Business & Economics - 2002 - 259 pages
...poets were much taken. Poet Oliver Goldsmith's worldview is explained in The Deserted Village (1770): A time there was, ere England's griefs began, When...every rood of ground maintained its man; For him light labor spread her wholesome store, Just gave what life required but gave no more. . . . Ye friends to...
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Poverty, Progress, and Population

E. A. Wrigley - Business & Economics - 2004 - 463 pages
...charming, but unconvincing nostalgia. But it was what he went on to say which gives the game away. A time there was, ere England's griefs began, When...labour spread her wholesome store, Just gave what life required, but gave no more: His blest companions, innocence and health; And his best riches, ignorance...
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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 121, 2002 Lectures

British Academy - Business & Economics - 2004 - 324 pages
...charming, but unconvincing nostalgia. But it was what he went on to say which gives the game away. A time there was, ere England's griefs began, When...labour spread her wholesome store, Just gave what life required, but gave no more: His blest companions, innocence and health; And his best riches, ignorance...
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