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Ah! what avail the largest gifts of Heaven, When drooping health and spirits go amiss? How tasteless then whatever can be given! Health is the vital principle of bliss, And exercise of health.

Health Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Castle of Indolence (canto II, st. 55)

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Their only labour was to kill the time; And labour dire it is, and weary woe, They sit, they loll, turn o'er some idle rhyme, Then, rising sudden, to the glass they go, Or saunter forth, with tottering steps and slow.

Idleness Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Castle of Indolence (canto I, 72)

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The glad circle round them yield their souls To festive mirth, and wit that knows no gall.

Merriment Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Seasons--Summer (l. 403)

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When autumn scatters his departing gleams, Warn'd of approaching winter, gather'd, play The swallow-people; and toss'd wide around, O'er the calm sky, in convolution swift, The feather'd eddy floats; rejoicing once, Ere to their wintry slumbers they retire.

Swallows Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Seasons--Autumn (l. 836)

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The swallow sweeps The slimy pool, to build his hanging house.

Swallows Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Seasons--Spring (l. 651)

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Linnets . . . sit On the dead tree, a dull despondent flock.

Linnets Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Seasons--Autumn (l. 974)

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The Redbreast, sacred to the household gods, Wisely regardful of the embroiling sky, In joyless fields and thorny thickets leaves His shivering mates, and pays to trusted Man His annual visit.

Robins Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Seasons--Winter (l. 246)

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Invite the rook who high amid the boughs, In early spring, his airy city builds, And ceaseless caws amusive.

Rooks Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Seasons--Spring (l. 756)

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Think, oh, grateful think! How good the God of Harvest is to you; Who pours abundance o'er your flowing fields, While those unhappy partners of you kind Wide-hover round you, like the fowls of heaven, And ask their humble dole.

Harvest Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Autumn (l. 169)

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So stands the statue that enchants the world, So bending tries to veil the matchless boast, The mingled beauties of exulting Greece.

Sculpture Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Seasons--Summer (l. 1,346)

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But through the heart Should Jealousy its venom once diffuse, 'Tis then delightful misery no more, But agony unmix'd, incessant gall, Corroding every thought, and blasting all Love's paradise.

Jealousy Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Seasons--Spring (l. 1,073)

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Slow let us trace the matchless vale of Thames; Fair winding up to where the Muses haunt In Twit'nham bowers, and for their Pope implore.

Thames river Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Seasons--Summer (l. 1,425)

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For nothing human foreign was to him.

Humanity Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: To the Memory of Lord Talbot, translation of "Humani nihil a me alienum puto"

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Of evening tinct, The purple-streaming Amethyst is thine.

Sky Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Seasons--Summer (l. 150)

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