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That sees through tears the mummers leap, |
Would, child-like, on his love repose,] 48 Who giveth his beloved sleep.
[And friends, dear friends,] when it shall be,
Say,] Not a tear must o'er her fall, 54 “ He giveth his beloved sleep.”]
45. Sees ...
lap. Gr. 76, Ex. 1 and 108; iii. 2. That can only look upon mirth and iollity through its tears.
50 and 51. Subs. Sentences, both in apposition with it in line 49.
55 and 56. Two Subs. Sentences. Obiected
THE DESERTED VILLAGE.
This is considered, for felicity of diction and charm of style, one of the best poems in the English language. It describes the scenes of a happy country village in the olden time, and the desolation produced by the eviction and emigration of the tenantry. The beauty of the poem lies wholly in the detailed descriptions. The moralizing is more sentimental than philosophic.
[SWEET Auburn ! loveliest village of the plain,]
And parting Summer's lingering blooms delay'd :]
Seats of my youth,] when every sport could please :
How often have I paused on every charm, 10 The shelter'd cot, the cultivated farm,
The never-failing brook, the busy mill,
1. Auburn-Under this name Goldsmith describes his native village, Lissoy, in Ireland.
2 and 3. Adjective sentences — Where is here equivalent to in which.
3. Its—It is to be regretted that the poet did not personify Spring.
5. Bowers-Cottages, as lines 33, 37, 47, 76, 366. The word bower belongs to a class of words, in ono sense peculiar to this kind
of idyllic poetry. Such words are swain (lines 64, 90, 117), nymph, lawn (lines 35. 65), train (lines 17, 63, 135, 149, 252, 337), band (lines 24, 300), virgin (line 29), matron (line 30).
7, 9, 15. Exclamatory sentences.
10, 11, 12, 13. Cot, farm, brook, millchurch, bush--All in opposition with, and explanatory of the word “charm."
14. Made-Qualifying "seats.”
15 How often have I bless’d the coming day,|
When toil, remitting, lent its turn to play,
While many a pastime circled in the shade,
And many a gambol frolick’d o'er the ground,]
Succeeding sports the mirthful band inspired-) 25 The dancing pair) that simply sought renown,
By holding out to tire each other down ; !
The bashful virgin's side-long looks of love ;) 30 The matron’s glance,) that would those looks reprove : 1
These were thy charms) [sweet village !) sports like these,
These were thy charms |—but all these charms are fled. | 35 [Sweet smiling village, loveliest of the lawn,]
Thy sports are fled, and all thy charms withdrawn ;]
One only master grasps the whole domain,| 40 And half a tillage stints thy smiling plain ; |
No more thy glassy brook reflects the day, |
The hollow-sounding bittern guards its nest ; | 45 Amidst thy desert walks the lapwing flies,|
And tires their echoes with unvaried cries :]
20. The young contending. Nom. absolute.
25-30. Pair, swain, looks, -All in apposition with these ; and Subj. to "were thy charms."
27. Mistrustless-A double negative in one word is hard and unpleasant.
31. Sweet is too quickly repeated in the following line, and again line 35.
45. Desert-Used here for deserted.
Sunk are thy bowers in shapeless ruin all, |
And, trembling, shrinking from the spoiler's hand, 50 Far, far away thy children leave the land. /
Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, |
A breath can make them, as a breath has made :]
A time there was, ere England's griefs began,
For him light Labour spread her wholesome store,) 60 Just gave] what life required, but gave no more :]
His best companions, innocence and health ;)
But times are alter'd ;| Trade's unfeeling train
Unwieldy wealth and cumbrous pomp repose ;)
Those gentle hours) that plenty bade to bloom, 70 Those calm desires) that ask'd but little room,
Those healthful sports) that graced the peaceful scene,
And rural mirth and manners are no more.
Thy glades forlorn confess the tyrant's power.
50. Far away thy children leave the land. Does away stand for behind? The phraseology is evidently indefinite.
61 and 62. These two lines may be taken as nom. absolutes, and, as such, attached to the principal sent. contained in line 59.
68. And every pang, &c., reposes. Think of pangs reposing! Another example of the want of accuracy of expression which is observable in Goldsmith, despite his remarkable genius.
74. Are no more, scil. here.
And, many a year elapsed, return to view] 80 Where once the cottage stood, the hawthorn grew ;]
Remembrance wakes with all her busy train,)
In all my wanderings through this world of care, In all my griefs-[and God has given my share-] 85 I still had hopes, my latest hours to crown,
Amidst these humble bowers to lay me down ;
I still had hopes, [for pride attends us still,]
Around my fire an evening group to draw,
Pants to the place) from whence at first she flew, | 95 I still had hopes, my long vexations past, Here to return—and die at home at last.)
[O blest retirement, friend to life's decline, Retreat from care,] that never must be mine, I
How blest is he who crowns, in shades like these, 100 A youth of labour with an age of ease ; |
Who quits a world where strong temptations try, |
And,) since 'tis hard to combat, | learns to fly!) 79. Many a year elapsed-Noin. abs., from hence, from thence, have now become, forming adjunct of time.
however, currently used, though they are 85. Construe-I still bad bopes amidst just as anomalous as if we were to say to these humble bowers to lay me down in whither, or at where. order to crown my latest hours. To crown, 94. Flew is the Imperf. of fly, and is here is used as in line 99.
confounded with fled, the Imperf. of flee. 88. And by repose keep the flame from Though these two verbs are of cognate oriwasting
gin and signification, it is much to be re89. Still=ever, always.
gretted that the still existing difference 90. Skill is not used here in its proper should be so often overlooked, and that the sense; for skill is eminently gained by language should be deprived of a nice dispractice, not from books and theory. It is tinction between two shades of meaning. meant here to stand for knowledge.
The same confusion recurs, line 102. The 94. From whence is a pleonastic expres- rhyme has a great deal to do with it.
which first arose from not observing, 7. 0 retirementAn in cation that whence implies motion from a place, without a sequeuce. being equal to from where. The pbrases