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James McIntyre (1827-1906)

Irish Poets: Oliver Goldsmith

              1Goldsmith wrote Deserted Village,
              2Now again reduced to tillage;
              3Once happiest village of the plain,
              4Place now you look for it in vain;
              5There but one man he doth make rich,
              6And hundreds struggle in the ditch;

              7"Ill fare the land to many ills a prey
              8Where wealth accumelates but men decay."
              9His honest Vicar of Wakefield
            10Forever he will pleasure yield.


1] Oliver Goldsmith (1730?-1774), well known both for his poem The Deserted Village (1770) and his novel The Vicar of Wakefield (1766).

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: James McIntyre, Musings on the Banks of Canadian Thames, including poems on local, Canadian and British subjects, and lines on the great poets of England, Ireland, Scotland and America, with a glance at the wars in Victoria's reign (Ingersoll: H. Rowland, 1884): 88. B-11 1857 Fisher Rare Books Library.
First publication date: 1884
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1999.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/21

Form: couplets

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