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The dance of life, a poem, by the author of 'Doctor Syntax', illustr. by T. Rowlandson

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The dance of life, a poem, by the author of 'Doctor Syntax', illustr. by T. Rowlandson

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    William Combe (Author)
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1817 Excerpt: ... While every passion was awake Doubtful which flow'ry path to take, The first his fancy seiz'd was Taste, Impure to-day--to-morrow chaste, And oft has brought great wealth to waste. His eager wish the Phantom caught, And thus the willing votary taught. '--Your park is fine, in sylvan pride 'The noble woods stretch far and wide, 'And fringe the lawns with ample shade, 'While verdure freshens every glade. 'The Lake, whose waters ne'er o'erflow, 'Brightens the vale that's seen below. 'The Doric porch, the column's height, 'And castle tower enchant the sight, 'While the whole offers to the eye 'More than Arcadian scenery. 'But then the House distracts the view, 'A structure strange, half old, half new: 'The old is but a cumbrous pile, 'The new is in a wretched style:--''Tis my advice, the place to crown, 'Without delay to pull it down 'And build anew: a structure rear 'That may in graceful state appear, 'Not simply plain, nor idly great, 'But such as suits your country seat: 'Such as your rank and wealth demands, 'The work of no inferior hands: 'Where use and elegance combine, 'Where attic symmetry may join, 'To form a grand, and chaste design.'--Thus spoke the power: the eager Knight Seiz'd the idea with delight. 'O charming, lively Sprite,' he said, 'Thy every wish shall be obey'd.' When lo the Architects appear, With anxious hope, the pile to rear: The masons shout, the sculptors bend, The artists and their arts attend:--All preparation's duly made, And the first stone in pomp is laid. Palladio and Vitruvius groan Beneath the enormous weight of stone: The walls ascend, the columns rise Of every order, every size: Taste rules the work--the money flies. 'But while the building's going on, Sir Henry asks, ' What's to be done?' Fashion replies--' What others do:...
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  • PDF | 42 pages
  • William Combe (Author)
  • General Books LLC (8 Feb. 2012)
  • English
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