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Selected Poetry of George Crabbe (1754-1832)

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Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2005, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

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Say ye, oppress'd by some fantastic woes,
Some jarring nerve that baffles your repose;
Who press the downy couch, while slaves advance
With timid eye, to read the distant glance;
Who with sad prayers the weary doctor tease,
To name the nameless ever-new disease;
Who with mock patience dire complaints endure,
Which real pain and that alone can cure;
How would ye bear in real pain to lie,
Despised, neglected, left alone to die?
How would ye bear to draw your latest breath,
Where all that's wretched paves the way for death?
        (The Village: Book I, 250-261)
  1. The Borough. Letter XXII: Peter Grimes
  2. The Village: Book I

Notes on Life and Works

Biographical information

Given name: George
Family name: Crabbe
Birth date: 24 December 1754
Death date: 3 February 1832
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: George Crabbe
          wife: Sarah Crabbe (from December 1783)
          brother: John Crabbe
          brother: Robert Crabbe
          brother: William Crabbe
          son: George Crabbe
Language: English
          Bungay school
          School of Richard Haddon, Stowmarket
          Medical studies, apprenticeships : 1768
Religion: Christian
Literary period: Romantic
          Aldeburgh, Suffolk: 24 December 1754
          Wickham Brook: 1768 to 1771
          Woodbridge: 1771
          Aldeburgh: 1775
          London: 1780
          Belvoir: 1782
          Stathern: 1785
          Muston: 25 February 1789
          Parham: 1792
          Dudley North, Great Glemham Hall: 1796
Buried at: St James's Church, Trowbridge (in the chancel)
First RPO edition: 1997