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Thomas Love Peacock

B. 1785 D. 1866

1 poem available

Ednyfed, king of Dyfed, his head was borne before us; his wine and beasts supplied our feasts, and his overthrow, our chorus. - Thomas Love Peacock 'The war song of Dinas Vawr'

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Jonathan Swift

B. 1667 D. 1745

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How very mean a thing?s a Duke; From all his ill-got honours flung, turned to that dirt from whence he sprung. - Jonathan Swift 'A satirical elegy on the death of a late famous general'

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Arthur Hugh Clough

B. 1819 D. 1861

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?There is no God,? the wicked saith, 'and truly it's a blessing, for what he might have done with us it's better only guessing.? - Arthur Hugh Clough 'There Is No God'

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Mary Leapor

B. 1722 D. 1746

1 poem available

With walking sick, with curtseys lame, and frighted by the scolding dame, poor Mira once again is seen within the bounds of Goslin-Green. - Mary Leapor 'The Visit'

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Thomas Gray

B. 1716 D. 1771

1 poem available

The Curfew tolls the knell of parting day, the lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea - Thomas Gray, 'Elegy written in a county church yard'

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Christopher Smart

B. 1722 D. 1771

1 poem available

For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry. For he is the servant of the Living God, duly and daily serving him. - Christopher Smart 'My cat Jeoffrey'

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Samuel Johnson

B. 1709 D. 1784

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Condemn?d to hope?s delusive mine, as on we toil from day to day, by sudden blasts, or slow decline, our social comforts drop away. - Samuel Johnson 'On the death of Dr Robert Levet'

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William Cowper

B. 1731 D. 1800

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Here lies, whom hound did ne'er pursue, nor swifter greyhound follow, whose foot ne'er tainted morning dew, nor ear heard huntsman's halloo'. - William Cowper 'Epitaph on a hare'

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Hannah More

B. 1745 D. 1833

1 poem available

That self-same stuff which erst proud empires swayed, of which the conquerers of the world were made. - Hannah More 'Slavery: A Poem'

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Joanna Baillie

B. 1762 D. 1851

1 poem available

Go to thy little senseless play; thou dost not heed my lay. - Joanna Baillie 'A Mother To Her Waking Infant'

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Robert Southwell

B. 1561 D. 1595

1 poem available

As I in hoary winter?s night stood shivering in the snow. - Robert Southwell 'The Burning Babe'

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Edmund Spenser

B. 1553 D. 1599

3 poems available

So oft as I her beauty do behold. - Edmund Spenser 'Amoretti LV'

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