Wednesday, March 26, 2014


An Indolent Hour

Isaac Hawkins Browne (1706-1760), "The Fire Side: A Pastoral Soliloquy," lines 25-30, in his Poems Upon Various Subjects, Latin and English (London: J. Nourse ... and C. Marsh, 1768), p. 126:
Now I pass with old authors an indolent hour,
And reclining at ease turn Demosthenes o'er.
Now facetious and vacant, I urge the gay flask
With a set of old friends—who have nothing to ask;
Thus happy, I reck not of FRANCE nor of SPAIN,
Nor the balance of power what hand shall sustain.

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