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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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The English Reader: What Every Literate Person Needs to Know

Diane Ravitch - Literary Collections - 2006 - 486 pages
...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 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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A Careful Longing: The Poetics and Problems of Nostalgia

Aaron Santesso - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 221 pages
...passage in a broad Drydenian style, a kind of serious reworking of the opening of Absalom and Achitophel: 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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Robert Bloomfield: Lyric, Class, and the Romantic Canon

Simon White, John Goodridge, Bridget Keegan - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 315 pages
...had written of the engrossment of land and amalgamation of estates in the later eighteenth century: "A time there was, ere England's griefs began, / When every rood of ground maintained its man" ("The Deserted Village," 57-58) in The Poems of Thomas Gray, William Collins, Oliver Goldsmith, ed....
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The Pleasure of Poetry: Reading and Enjoying British Poetry from Donne to Burns

Nicolas H. Nelson - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 267 pages
...has 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 every rood of ground maintained its man; a quarter acre For him light labor spread her wholesome store, Just gave what life required, but gave...
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Pastoral and the Humanities: Arcadia Re-inscribed

Mathilde Skoie, Sonia Bjørnstad-Velázquez - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 184 pages
...Harrison once knew as the ruins of Auburn from the 'smiling' village of Goldsmith's nostalgic memory. 'A time there was, ere England's griefs began, / When every rood of ground maintained its man' (DF, lines 57-8). In Leeds as in Auburn 'times are altered', but Harrison cannot exult with Goldsmith...
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School English Grammar

Prof. Y. Krishna Murthy - English language - 2008 - 172 pages
...j. A man young in years may be old in hours, if he have lost no time. Paraphrase the following: a. For him light 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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