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illustrated.1850 Excerpt: ... Yet count our gains. This wealth is
but a name, That leaves our useful products still the same. Not so
the loss. The man of wealth and pride Takes up a space that many
poor supplied; 5 Space for his lake, his park's extended bounds,
Space for his horses, equipage, and hounds; The robe that wraps his
limbs in silken sloth Has robbed the neighboring fields of half
their growth; Hie seat, where solitary sports are seen, 10
Indignant spurns the cottage from the green; Around the world each
needful product flies, For all the luxuries the world supplies.
While thus the land, adorned for pleasure all, In barren splendor
feebly waits the fall. 15 As some fair female, unadorned and plain,
Secure to please while youth confirms her reign, Slights every
borrowed charm that dress supplies, Nor shares with art the triumph
of her eyes; But when those charms are past--for charms are
frail--20 When time advances, and when lovers fail, She then shines
forth, solicitous to bless, In all the glaring impotence of
dress;--Thus fares the land by luxury betrayed, In nature's
simplest charms at first arrayed; 25 But, verging to decline, its
splendors rise, Its vistas strike, its palaces surprise; While,
scourged by famine from the smiling land, The mournful peasant
leads his humble band; And while he sinks, without one arm to save,
30 The country blooms--a garden and a grave. Where, then, ah where
shall Poverty reside, To escape the pressure of contiguous Pride?
If to some common's fenceless limits strayed, He drives his flock
to pick the scanty blade, 35 Those fenceless fields the sons of
wealth divide, And e'en the bare-worn common is denied. If to the
city sped--what waits him there? To see profusion that he must not
share; To see ten thousand baneful arts combined 40 To pamper...
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Richard Green Parker
||246 x 189 x 8mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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