Thomas Noon Talfourd

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Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd in 1840

Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd (May 26, 1795March 13, 1854) was an English judge and author.



Ion (1835)

  • So his life has flowed
    From its mysterious urn a sacred stream,
    In whose calm depth the beautiful and pure
    Alone are mirrored; which, though shapes of ill
    May hover round its surface, glides in light,
    And takes no shadow from them.
    • Act i. Sc. 1.
  • ’T is a little thing
    To give a cup of water; yet its draught
    Of cool refreshment, drained by fevered lips,
    May give a shock of pleasure to the frame
    More exquisite than when nectarean juice
    Renews the life of joy in happiest hours.
    • Act i. Sc. 2.
  • Fill the seats of justice
    With good men, not so absolute in goodness
    As to forget what human frailty is.
    • Act v.
  • In ourselves
    In our own honest hearts and chainless hands
    Will be our safeguard:
    • Act v.
  • Nevermore
    Let the great interests of the State depend
    Upon the thousand chances that may sway
    A piece of human frailty; swear to me
    That ye will seek hereafter in yourselves
    The means of sovereignty.
    • Act v.
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