The Poetical Works Of John Gay; With A Memoir Volume 26

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byJohn Gay

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1800 edition. Excerpt: ...swelling bellows heave for breath no more, All drop their silent hammers on the floor; In deep suspense the mighty labour stands, While thus the goddess spoke her mild commands: ' Industrious Loves! your present toils forbear, A more important task demands your care; Long has the scheme employ'd my thoughtful mind, By judgment ripen'd, and by time reh'n'd. That glorious bird have ye not often seen Who draws the car of the celestial Queen? Have ye not oft survey'd his varying dyes, His tail all gilded o'er with Argus' eyes? Have ye not seen him in the sunny day Unfurl his plumes, and all his pride display, Then suddenly contract his dazzling train, And with long-trailing feathers sweep the plain? Learn from this hint, let this instruct your art. Thin taper sticks must from one centre part; Let these into the quadrant's form divide, The spreading ribs with snowy paper hide; Here shall the pencil bid its colours flow, And make a miniature creation grow: Let the machine in equal foldings close, And now its plaited surface wide dispose; So shall the fair her idle hand employ, And grace each motion with the restless toy, With various play bid grateful zephyrs rise, While love in every grateful zephyr flies.' The master, Cupid, traces out the lines, And with jiulicious hand the draugUt_designH; The expecting Loves with joy the model view, And the joint labour eagerly pursue. Some slit their arrows with the nicest art, And into sticks convert the shiver'd dart; The breathing bellows w'ake the sleeping fire, lilow off the cinders, and the sparks aspire; Their arrows' point they soften in the flame, And sounding hammers break its barbed frame: Of this the little pin they neatly mould, From whence their arms the spreading sticks unfold; In equal...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1800 edition. Excerpt: ...swelling bellows heave for breath no more, All drop their silent hammers on the floor; In deep suspense the mig...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:124 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.26 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217305822

ISBN - 13:9780217305822

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