George Crabbe

(24 December 1754 - 3 February 1832 / Aldeburgh, Suffulk)

Quotations

  • ''Worn with life's care, love yet was love.''
    George Crabbe (1754-1832), British poet. A Marriage Ring (l. 4). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen Gardner, ed. (1972) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''Our farmers round, well pleased with constant gain,
    Like other farmers, flourish and complain.''
    George Crabbe (1754-1832), British poet, clergyman. repr. in Poetical Works, eds. A.J. and R.M. Carlyle (1908, rev.1924). Baptisms, pt. 1, l. 273-4, The Parish Register (1807).
  • ''Here dull and hopeless he'd lie down and trace
    How sidelong crabs had scrawled their crooked race;''
    George Crabbe (1754-1832), British poet. The Borough: Peter Grimes. . . Oxford Book of Narrative Verse, The. Iona Opie and Peter Opie, eds. (1983) Oxford University Press.
  • ''With awe, around these silent walks I tread;
    These are the lasting mansions of the dead.''
    George Crabbe (1754-1832), British clergyman, poet. repr. in Poetical Works, eds. A.J. and R.M. Carlyle (1908, rev.1924). The Library, l. 105-6 (1808).
  • ''What I behold are feverish fits of strife,
    'Twixt fears of dying and desire of life:''
    George Crabbe (1754-1832), British poet. The Parish Register (l. 4). OAEL-1. Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).
  • ''While the town small-talk flows from lip to lip;
    Intrigues half-gathered, conversation-scraps,
    Kitchen-cabals, and nursery-mishaps.''
    George Crabbe (1754-1832), British clergyman, poet. repr. in Poetical Works, eds. A.J. and R.M. Carlyle (1908, rev.1924). The Vicar, l. 70-2, The Borough, letter 3 (1810).
  • ''Habit with him was all the test of truth,
    It must be right: I've done it from my youth.''
    George Crabbe (1754-1832), British clergyman, poet. "The Vicar," letter 3, The Borough.
  • ''Habit with him was all the test of truth,
    "It must be right: I've done it from my youth."''
    George Crabbe (1754-1832), British clergyman, poet. repr. in Poetical Works, eds. A.J. and R.M. Carlyle (1908, rev.1924). The Vicar, l. 138-9, The Borough, letter 3 (1810).
  • ''Because the Muses never knew their pains.
    They boast their peasants' pipes, but peasants now
    Resign their pipes and plod behind the plough;''
    George Crabbe (1754-1832), British poet. The Village. OAEL-1. Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).
  • ''A potent quack, long versed in human ills,
    Who first insults the victim whom he kills;
    Whose murd'rous hand a drowsy bench protect,
    And whose most tender mercy is neglect.''
    George Crabbe (1754-1832), British poet. The Village. . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).

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Late Wisdom

WE'VE trod the maze of error round,
   Long wandering in the winding glade;
And now the torch of truth is found,
   It only shows us where we strayed:
By long experience taught, we know--
   Can rightly judge of friends and foes;
Can all the worth of these allow,
   And all the faults discern in those.

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