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Thomas Gray (1716-1771)

English poet

The paths of glory lead but to the grave.

THOMAS GRAY, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Where ignorance is bliss,
'Tis folly to be wise.

THOMAS GRAY, Odes on a Distant Prospect of Eton College

What sorrow was, thou bad'st her know,
And from her own she learned to melt at others' woe.

THOMAS GRAY, "Hymn to Adversity"

To each his suff'rings: all are men,
Condemn'd alike to groan.

THOMAS GRAY, Odes on a Distant Prospect of Eton College

See the wretch that long has tost
On the thorny bed of pain,
At length repair his vigour lost,
And breathe and walk again:
The meanest floweret of the vale,
The simplest note that swells the gale,
The common sun, the air, the skies,
To him are opening paradise.

THOMAS GRAY, "Ode on the Pleasure Arising from Vicissitude"

Hark, his hands the lyre explore!
Bright-eyed Fancy, hov'ring o'er,
Scatters from her pictur'd urn
Thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.

THOMAS GRAY, The Poems

Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
And waste its sweetness on the desert air.

THOMAS GRAY, "An Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard"

Ah, happy hills! ah, pleasing shade!
Ah, fields belov'd in vain!
Where once my careless childhood stray'd,
A stranger yet to pain!
I feel the gales that from ye blow
A momentary bliss bestow,
As waving fresh their gladsome wing,
My weary soul they seem to sooth,
And, redolent of joy and youth,
To breathe a second spring.

THOMAS GRAY, Odes on a Distant Prospect of Eton College

O'er her warm cheek and rising bosom move
The bloom of young Desire and purple light of Love.

THOMAS GRAY, The Progress of Poesy

From toil he wins his spirits light,
From busy day the peaceful night;
Rich, from the very want of wealth,
In heaven's best treasures, peace and health.

THOMAS GRAY, "Ode on the Pleasure Arising from Vicissitude"

Not all that tempts your wandering eyes
And heedless hearts, is lawful prize;
Nor all that glisters gold.

THOMAS GRAY, "On the Death of a Favourite Cat"

Too poor for a bribe, and too proud to importune,
He had not the method of making a fortune.

THOMAS GRAY, "On His Own Character"

Full many a gem of purest ray serene,
The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear.

THOMAS GRAY, Elegy in a Country Churchyard

Thoughts that breathe and words that burn.

THOMAS GRAY, Progress of Poesy

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