William Shenstone

(1714 - 1763 / England)

Quotations

  • ''Whoe'er has travelled life's dull round,
    Where'er his stages may have been,
    May sigh to think he still has found
    The warmest welcome, at an inn.''
    William Shenstone (1714-1763), British poet. Written at an Inn at Henley (l. 21-24). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''To thee, fair Freedom! I retire
    From flattery, cards, and dice, and din:
    Nor art thou found in mansions higher
    Than the low cot, or humble inn.

    'Tis here with boundless pow'r I reign;
    And ev'ry health which I begin
    Converts dull port to bright champagne;
    Such Freedom crowns it, at an inn.''
    William Shenstone (1714-1763), British poet. Written at an Inn at Henley (l. 1-8). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.

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Ode to a Young Lady

[Somewhat Too Solicitious about Her Manner of Expression]

Survey, my fair! that lucid stream,
Adown the smiling valley stray;
Would Art attempt, or Fancy dream,
To regulate its winding way?

So pleas'd I view thy shining hair
In loose dishevell'd ringlets flow:

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