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Joseph thegin

12 Hastings.

EIGHTEENTH CENTURY ESSAYS.

were

With slower pen, men used to write,
Of old, when letters

“polite”;
In Anna's, or in George's days,

They could afford to turn a phrase, Or trim a straggling theme aright.

They knew not steam; electric light
Not yet had dazed their calmer sight; -
Ïhey meted out both blame and praise

With slower pen.

More swiftly now the hours take flight!
What's read at morn is dead at night;

Scant space have we for Art's delays,

Whose breathless thought so briefly stays, We may not work - ah! would we might,

With slower pen!

ESSAYS.

SELECTED AND ANNOTATED BY

AUSTIN DOBSON.

Collecta revirescunt.

BOSTON:

WILLARD SMALL,

24 FRANKLIN STREET.

1888.

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