The Vanity of Riches

William Bryce - Omnia Vanitas The Vanity of Riches 'Tis Wisdom speaks! - ye great, attend! Aloud she cries, "Shall riches tend To make its owner look with scorn On those he calls the lower born? Can honour, fame, renown, or wealth, Secure that peerless blessing, health? Can they one hour prolong man's breath, Or …

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The Death of a Christian

  The Death of a Christian How lovely is death, when, on Jesus reposing, The soul can her trust in his mercy display: When scenes of affliction and anguish are closing, And angels stand waiting to bear her away! -o- She fears not fell Death, as the tyrant advances; Her trust is in One who …

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The Poet and the Flower

THE POET AND THE FLOWER Written on hearing from Mrs. Bray that Mr. Southey did not like to pluck flowers. While Nature wore her vernal wreath, And violets pour'd their fragrant breath, Through Flora's bowers a poet stray'd, To mark the hues her tribes display'd. His heart of goodness was possess'd, And Mercy was his …

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LETTER I.

Robert Southey, Esq. Poet Laureate, 1813-1845 To Robert Southey, Esq. &c. &c. Vicarage, Tavistock, Devon, March 17th, 1831 My dear Sir, From the kind interest you have taken in behalf of Mary Colling, I am induced to give you in this letter a more detailed account of her than I have yet been able to …

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Opening Leaves

Dedication to the Honourable The Marchioness of Tavistock Lady Georgiana, Duchess of Bedford, 2nd wife of the 6th Duke of Bedford When Spring, as the queen of the seasons renown'd, Through nature her beauty displays, The vallies and woodlands with verdure are crown'd, And echo with carols of praise. -o- While spangled with flowers are …

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