English poet, novelist (1783-1824)
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- Are we not children, all of us?
- Last Words, quoted in Famous Sayings and their Authors, p. 7
- Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are,
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky!
- "The Star," from Original Poems for Infant Minds (1804).
- I thank the goodness and the grace
Which on my birth have smiled,
And made me in these Christian days,
A happy English child.
- "A Child's Hymn of Praise," from Hymns for Infant Minds (1810).
- Though man a thinking being is defined,
Few use the grand prerogative of mind.
How few think justly of the thinking few!
How many never think, who think they do!
- "Essays in Rhyme" from On Morals and Manners, Prejudice, Essay i. Stanza 45, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
- Far from mortal cares retreating,
Sordid hopes and vain desires,
Here, our willing footsteps meeting,
Every heart to heaven aspires.
- Hymn, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
- Oh that it were my chief delight
To do the things I ought!
Then let me try with all my might
To mind what I am taught.
- For a Very Little Child, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Bartlett's notes this work to be written by Ann Taylor.