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Select Poems of Thomas Gray

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Author: Thomas Gray
Published: 1876
Language: English
Wordcount: 38,423 / 128 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 68.2
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 707
Added to site: 2009.10.30
mnybks.net#: 25676
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Poetry
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onant college revellers, who call him "a prig," and seek to annoy him. Long mornings of study, and nights feverish from ill-health, are spent in those chambers; he is often listless and in low spirits; yet his natural temper is not desponding, and he delights in employment. He has always something to learn or to communicate--some sally of humour or quiet stroke of satire for his friends and correspondents--some note on natural history to enter in his journal--some passage of Plato to unfold and illustrate--some golden thought of classic inspiration to inlay on his page--some bold image to tone down--some verse to retouch and harmonize. His life is on the whole innocent and happy, and a feeling of thankfulness to the Great Giver is breathed over all.

[Footnote 1: A claim has been put up for the churchyard of Granchester, about two miles from Cambridge, the great bell of St. Mary's serving for the "curfew." But Stoke-Pogis is more likely to have been the spot, if any individual locality were indicated. T

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