William Lisle Bowles

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William Lisle Bowles

William Lisle Bowles (September 24, 1762April 7, 1850) was an English poet and critic.

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  • Poetic trifles from solitary rambles whilst chewing the cud of sweet and bitter fancy..now written from memory, confined to fourteen lines, this seemed best adapted to the unity of sentiment, the verse flowed in unpremeditated harmony as my ear directed but are far from being mere elegiac couplets.
    • From Preface to The Poetical Works of William Lisle Bowles, Vol. 1 - With Memoir, Critical Dissertation, and Explanatory Notes by George Gilfillan (1855) Ballantyne & Co , Edinburgh , kindle ebook edition ASIN B0082VAFKO
  • Back o'er the deep I turn my longing eyes,
    And chide the wayward passions that rebel:
    Yet boots it not to think, or to complain,
    Musing sad ditties to the reckless main.
    To dreams like these, adieu! the pealing bell
    Speaks of the hour that stays not—and the day
    To life's sad turmoil calls my heart away.
    • On Landing at Ostend, from The Poetical Works of William Lisle Bowles, Vol. 1 - With Memoir, Critical Dissertation, and Explanatory Notes by George Gilfillan (1855).
  • O harmony! thou tenderest nurse of pain,
    If that thy note's sweet magic e'er can heal
    Griefs which the patient spirit oft may feel,
    Oh! let me listen to thy songs again;
    Till memory her fairest tints shall bring;
    Hope wake with brighter eye, and listening seem
    With smiles to think on some delightful dream.
    • Music, from The Poetical Works of William Lisle Bowles, Vol. 1 - With Memoir, Critical Dissertation, and Explanatory Notes by George Gilfillan (1855).

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