Treasure Island

Thomas Campbell

(1777-1844 / Glasgow / Scotland)

Quotations

  • ''O Star-eyed Science! hast thou wandered there,
    To waft us home the message of despair?''
    Thomas Campbell (1777-1844), Scottish poet. "Pleasures of Hope," pt. 2.
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  • ''Now Barabbas was a publisher.''
    Thomas Campbell (1777-1844), Scottish poet. Quoted in A Publisher and his Friends, vol. 1, ch. 14, Samuel Smiles (1891). parodying the gospel of John 18: 40. The joke is also ascribed to Lord Byron.
  • ''O leave this barren spot to me!
    Spare, woodman, spare the beechen tree.''
    Thomas Campbell (1777-1844), Scottish poet. repr. In Complete Poetical Works, ed. J.L. Robertson (1907). "The Beech-Tree's Petition," st. 1 (1800).
  • ''What though my wing├Ęd hours of bliss have been,
    Like angel-visits, few and far between?''
    Thomas Campbell (1777-1844), Scottish poet. repr. In Complete Poetical Works, ed. J.L. Robertson (1907). "The Pleasures of Hope," pt. 2, l. 375-376 (1799). The image is borrowed from the Scottish poet Robert Blair (1699-1746): "The good he scorned Stalked off reluctant, like an ill-used ghost, Not to return; or if it did, its visits Like those of angels, short, and far between." The Grave, l. 586-589 (1743).
  • ''What millions died that Caesar might be great!''
    Thomas Campbell (1777-1844), Scottish poet. repr. In Complete Poetical Works, ed. J.L. Robertson (1907). "The Pleasures of Hope," pt. 2, l. 174 (1799).
  • '''Tis distance lends enchantment to the view,
    And robes the mountain in its azure hue.''
    Thomas Campbell (1777-1844), Scottish poet. repr. In Complete Poetical Works, ed. J.L. Robertson (1907). "The Pleasures of Hope," pt. 1, l. 7-8 (1799).
  • ''It may be strange—yet who would change
    Time's course to slower speeding,
    When one by one our friends have gone
    And left our bosoms bleeding?''
    Thomas Campbell (1774-1844), Scottish poet. The River of Life (l. 17-20). . . Oxford Book of Nineteenth-Century English Verse, The. John Hayward, ed. (1964; reprinted, with corrections, 1965) Oxford University Press.
  • ''And the sentinel stars set their watch in the sky;''
    Thomas Campbell (1774-1844), Scottish poet. The Soldier's Dream (l. 2). . . Faber Popular Reciter, The. Kingsley Amis, ed. (1978) Faber and Faber.
  • '''Stay—stay with us!—rest—thou art
    weary and worn!'—
    And fain was their war-broken soldier to stay;—
    But sorrow return'd with the dawning of morn,
    And the voice in my dreaming ear melted away.''
    Thomas Campbell (1774-1844), Scottish poet. The Soldier's Dream (l. 21-24). . . Faber Popular Reciter, The. Kingsley Amis, ed. (1978) Faber and Faber.
  • ''Britannia needs no bulwarks,
    No towers along the steep;
    Her march is o'er the mountain-waves,
    Her home is on the deep.''
    Thomas Campbell (1774-1844), Scottish poet. Ye Mariners of England (l. 21-24). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen Gardner, ed. (1972) Oxford University Press.

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Hohenlinden

1 On Linden, when the sun was low,
2 All bloodless lay the untrodden snow,
3 And dark as winter was the flow
4 Of Iser, rolling rapidly.

5 But Linden saw another sight
6 When the drum beat at dead of night,
7 Commanding fires of death to light
8 The darkness of her scenery.

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