Poetic hours and musing moments

Paperback | February 8, 2012

byHenry Aveling

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1857 Excerpt: ... THE CHINESE COLLECTION. It was once the Writer's happiness to visit this well-known Exhibition, in company with some young ladies at whose residence he was spending the following Evening, when one of them (a quizzical Miss,) said "We expected a Poem from you, this Morning, upon our proceedings yesterday," and upon his pleading the barrenness of the subject, for his excuse, she exclaimed,with an emphasis that would warrant the most terrible conclusions, "And We were all tlierell"--He had no alternative but to forward these lines, the next Morning. With a snug little party, to China I went--That is, to 'the Chinese Collection'--And now some fair ladies, on mischief intent, Want to make me appear in defection For failing in praise of the subject to sing--Or rather--in praise of themselves: So I hasten to take up the gauntlet they fling, Lest they call the men,'cowardly elves.' Now first in the chamber of odd looking creatures--That is, in the deity's shrine--Three blockheaded gods, with well-burnish'd features, Sat looking most anti-divine. But where were the worshippers?--Ladies! 'twas well They were not in the chamber with you, Or they sure must have found a superior spell To worship--what else could they do? Yet this were too shocking, by far, to conceive, So I fly from your merited frowns, For my bungling endeavours to make you believe How your presence each faculty drowns. With nought but the wreck of a notion, how vain To talk any more of Collection! Bedazzled, bewilder'd, I can but complain I am beaten to perfect perfection: So take up the gauntlet, and fight with yourselves, For, alas! we poor men are but 'cowardly elves.' THE AUTHOR'S REVIEW. Now my work lies spread before me, Snatch'd at times from Life's engagements, Since I first invok'd the Muses-...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1857 Excerpt: ... THE CHINESE COLLECTION. It was once the Writer's happiness to visit this well-known Exhibition, in company with some young ladie...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:36 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217742599

ISBN - 13:9780217742597

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