Thomas Gray Quotes

Thought would destroy their paradise.
Thomas Gray (1716-1771), British poet. repr. In Poetical Works, ed. J. Rogers (1953). Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College, l. 98 (written 1742, published 1747).
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Alas! regardless of their doom, The little victims play! No sense have they of ills to come Nor care beyond today.
Thomas Gray (1716-1771), British poet. repr. In Poetical Works, ed. J. Rogers (1953). Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College, st. 6 (written 1742, published 1747). Gray himself was a pupil at Eton College.
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Alas! regardless of their doom The little victims play;
Thomas Gray (1716-1771), British poet. Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College (l. 50-51). . . Gray's English Poems; Original and Translated from the Norse and the Welsh [Thomas Gray]. D. C. Tovey, ed. (1922) Reprint Services.
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My weary soul they seem to soothe, And, redolent of joy and youth, To breathe a second spring.
Thomas Gray (1716-1771), British poet. Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College (l. 17-19). . . Gray's English Poems; Original and Translated from the Norse and the Welsh [Thomas Gray]. D. C. Tovey, ed. (1922) Reprint Services.
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Still as they run they look behind, They hear a voice in every wind, And snatch a fearful joy.
Thomas Gray (1716-1771), British poet. Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College (l. 37-39). . . Gray's English Poems; Original and Translated from the Norse and the Welsh [Thomas Gray]. D. C. Tovey, ed. (1922) Reprint Services.
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Ye distant spires, ye antique towers, That crown the wat'ry glade.
Thomas Gray (1716-1771), British poet. repr. In Poetical Works ed. J. Rogers (1953). Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College, st. 1 (written 1742, published 1747). Opening lines.
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A favourite has no friend!
Thomas Gray (1716-1771), British poet. repr. In Poetical Works, ed. J. Rogers (1953). Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat, st. 6 (1748).
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A fav'rite has no friend!
Thomas Gray (1716-1771), British poet. Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat.
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The hapless Nymph with wonder saw: A whisker first and then a claw, With many an ardent wish, She stretch'd in vain to reach the prize. What female heart can gold despise? What Cat's averse to fish?
Thomas Gray (1716-1771), British poet. Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes (l. 19-24). . . Gray's English Poems; Original and Translated from the Norse and the Welsh [Thomas Gray]. D. C. Tovey, ed. (1922) Reprint Services.
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Not all that tempts your wand'ring eyes And heedless hearts, is lawful prize; Nor all that glisters, gold.
Thomas Gray (1716-1771), British poet. Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes (l. 40-42). . . Gray's English Poems; Original and Translated from the Norse and the Welsh [Thomas Gray]. D. C. Tovey, ed. (1922) Reprint Services.
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