Thomas Gray Quotes

Twas on a lofty vase's side, Where China's gayest art had dyed The azure flowers that blow; Demurest of the tabby kind, The pensive Selima reclined, Gazed on the lake below.
Thomas Gray (1716-1771), British poet. Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes (l. 1-6). . . 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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Old and abandoned by each venal friend, Here H[olland] took the pious resolution To smuggle some few years and strive to mend A broken character and constitution.
Thomas Gray (1716-1771), British poet. On Lord Holland's Seat near Margate, Kent (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).
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And mimic desolation covers all.
Thomas Gray (1716-1771), British poet. On Lord Holland's Seat near Margate, Kent (l. 16). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).
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Too poor for a bribe, and too proud to importune, He had not the method of making a fortune.
Thomas Gray (1716-1771), British poet. Sketch of his Own Character (written 1761), published in Poetical Works, ed. J. Rogers (1953).
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To warm their little Loves the Birds complain:
Thomas Gray (1716-1771), British poet. Sonnet on the Death of Mr. Richard West (l. 12). . . 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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In vain to me the smiling Mornings shine, And redd'ning Phoebus lifts his golden Fire: The Birds in vain their amorous Descant join; Or cheerful Fields resume their green Attire:
Thomas Gray (1716-1771), British poet. Sonnet on the Death of Mr. Richard West (l. 1-4). . . 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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Fierce war and faithful love, And truth severe, by fairy fiction dressed.
Thomas Gray (1716-1771), British poet. The Bard, a Pindaric Ode (l. 2-3). . . 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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\'Ruin seize thee, ruthless king! Confusion on thy banners wait,
Thomas Gray (1716-1771), British poet. The Bard, a Pindaric Ode (l. 1-2). . . 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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"'Weave the warp and weave the woof, The winding-sheet of Edward's race.
Thomas Gray (1716-1771), British poet. The Bard, a Pindaric Ode (l. 1-2). . . 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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On a rock, whose haughty brow, Frowns o'er old Conway's foaming flood, Robed in the sable garb of woe, With haggard eyes the Poet stood;
Thomas Gray (1716-1771), British poet. The Bard, a Pindaric Ode (l. 1-4). . . 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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