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The selected word "a" appears 224 times in the following 38 texts (sorted by results):

  1. The Characters of the Christ-Cross Row, By a Critic, To Mrs —  (21 results)
              4    The dowager grows a perfect double D.
            29    P pokes his head out, yet has not a pain:
            33    Now a pert prig, he perks upon your face;
            35    Now a proud prince, in pompous purple dressed,
            36    And now a player, a peer, a pimp or priest,
            37    A pea, a pin, in a perpetual round,
            38    Now seems a penny, and now shows a pound.
            45    As K a king, Q represents a queen,
            47    K as a man with hoarser accent speaks;
            48    In shriller notes Q like a female squeaks.
            49    Behold, K struts as might a king become;
            60    A wench, a wife, a widow and a w[hor]e,

  2. Agrippina, a Tragedy  (19 results)
              5    Alone, unguarded and without a lictor
              8    Her household cares, a woman's best employment.
            10    You think, you spied a tear stand in her eye,
            16    Without a spell to raise, and bid it fire
            17    A thousand haughty hearts, unused to shake
            18    When a boy frowns, nor to be lured with smiles
            33    'Tis like, thou hast forgot, when yet a stranger
            36    From voluntary realms, a puny boy,
            49    The mask of prudence; but a heart like mine,
            50    A heart that glows with the pure Julian fire,
            58    To such a mother owes; the world you gave him
            61    When in a secret and dead hour of night,
            71    The unthought event disclose a whiter meaning.
            91    A tempest that shall shake her own creation
          102    With shows of fair obeisance; and a call
          118    It bears a noble semblance. On this base
          131    Stung by a senseless word, a vain tradition,
          135    Beyond their chronicle— oh! 'tis a cause

  3. A Long Story  (18 results)
            21    A house there is (and that's enough)
            23    A brace of warriors, not in buff,
            25    The first came cap-a-pee from France
            44    A wicked imp they call a poet,
            60    And up stairs in a whirlwind rattle.
            66    Papers and books, a huge imbroglio!
            67    Under a tea-cup he might lie,
            68    Or creased, like dogs-ears, in a folio.
            72    To a small closet in the garden.
            80    But left a spell upon the table.
            82    The poet felt a strange disorder:
            94    But, with a blush on recollection,
          119    A sudden fit of ague shook him,
          125    'He once or twice had penned a sonnet;
          128    'He ne'er was for a conjurer taken.'
          131    My lady rose and with a grace—
          140    'Speak to a commoner and poet!'

  4. Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard  (15 results)
              6    And all the air a solemn stillness holds,
            14    Where heaves the turf in many a mouldering heap,
            31    Nor Grandeur hear with a disdainful smile,
            53    Full many a gem of purest ray serene,
            55    Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
            63    To scatter plenty o'er a smiling land,
            64    And read their history in a nation's eyes,
            67    Forbade to wade through slaughter to a throne,
            80    Implores the passing tribute of a sigh.
            83    And many a holy text around she strews,
            85    For who to dumb Forgetfulness a prey,
          118    A youth to fortune and to fame unknown.
          122    Heaven did a recompense as largely send:
          123    He gave to Misery all he had, a tear,
          124    He gained from Heaven ('twas all he wished) a friend.

  5. The Bard. A Pindaric Ode  (12 results)
            15    On a rock, whose haughty brow
            20    Streamed, like a meteor, to the troubled air)
            21    And with a master's hand, and prophet's fire,
            44    'On yonder cliffs, a grisly band,
            66    "A tear to grace his obsequies.
            79    "Reft of a crown, he yet may share the feast:
            82    "A baleful smile upon their baffled guest.
            88    "With many a foul and midnight murther fed,
          111    'Girt with many a baron bold
          115    'In the midst a form divine!
          122    'They breathe a soul to animate thy clay.
          131    'A voice, as of the cherub-choir,

  6. The Candidate  (10 results)
              2    With a lick of court whitewash and pious grimace,
              3    A-wooing he went, where three sisters of old
              6    Such a sheep-biting look, such a pick-pocket air,
              8    But his nose is a shame and his eyes are so lewd!
            14    When she died, I can't tell, but he once had a wife.
            18    Not I,— for a coronet, chariot and six.'
            23    'What a pother is here about wenching and roaring!
            27    The prophet of Bethel, we read, told a lie;
            33    D[am]n ye both for a couple of Puritan bitches!

  7. [Imitated] From Propertius. Lib: 2: Eleg: 1.  (10 results)
            15    And sing with what a careless grace she flings
            28    'Tis ample matter for a lover's book;
            29    And many a copious narrative you'll see,
            61    A milder warfare I in verse display;
            66    Whose heart has never felt a second flame.
            80    And find a cure for every ill but love.
            97    A train of mourning friends attend his pall,
          100    When the short marble but preserves a name,
          101    A little verse, my all that shall remain,
          106    And say, while o'er the place you drop a tear,

  8. [Translation] From Tasso [Gerusalemme Liberata] Canto 14, Stanza 32-9.  (10 results)
              7    When thwart the road a river rolled its flood
            14    A vestment unadorned, though white as new-fall'n snows;
            16    His head a chaplet bore, his hand a rod.
            28    To seek your hero in a distant soil!
            42    And in the midst a spacious arch appears.
            45    The watery glimmerings of a fainter day
            48    The uncertain crescent gleams a sickly light.
            51    Of many a flood they viewed the secret source,
            66    And mix attempered in a various day.

  9. [The Alliance of Education and Government. A Fragment]  (8 results)
              1    As sickly plants betray a niggard earth,
            17    And scatter with a free though frugal hand
            55    A brighter day and heavens of azure hue,
            59    Why yet does Asia dread a monarch's nod,
            66    As lamps, that shed at even a cheerful ray,
            83    And raise the mortal to a height divine.
            85    Imbibes a flavour of its parent earth:
            86    As various tracts enforce a various toil,

  10. Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College  (8 results)
            14    A stranger yet to pain!
            16    A momentary bliss bestow,
            20    To breathe a second spring.
            22    Full many a sprightly race
            39    They hear a voice in every wind,
            40    And snatch a fearful joy.
            73    To bitter Scorn a sacrifice,
            82    A grisly troop are seen,

  11. [Translation from Dante, Inferno Canto xxxiii 1-78]  (8 results)
            11    Sent hither; but a Florentine my ear,
            19    To thee and all unknown (a horrid tale),
            22    'Through a small crevice opening, what scant light
            25    To many a wretch) already 'gan the dawn
            26    To send. The whilst I slumbering lay, a sleep
            31    A wolf full-grown; with fleet and equal speed
            59    Till a new sun arose with weakly gleam
            72    Quick to devour me? Yet a fourth day came,

  12. [Translation from Statius, Thebaid VI 646-88, 704-24]  (8 results)
              8    A slippery weight and formed of polished brass.
            11    A third arose, of Acarnania he,
            19    Receive a worthier load; yon puny ball
            29    With such a gleam affrights Pangaea's field,
            46    Emits the mass, a prelude of his might.
            67    Then, with a tempest's whirl and wary eye,
            83    A tiger's pride the victor bore away,
            85    A shining border round the margin rolled,

  13. [Epitaph on Mrs Clerke]  (7 results)
              2    A friend, a wife, a mother sleeps:
              3    A heart, within whose sacred cell
            10    Sits smiling on a father's woe:
            13    A pang, to secret sorrow dear;
            14    A sigh; an unavailing tear;

  14. The Descent of Odin. An Ode  (6 results)
            26    Slowly breathed a sullen sound.
            37    O[din]. A Traveller, to thee unknown,
            38    Is he that calls, a Warrior's son.
            65    A wondrous boy shall Rinda bear,
            73    O. Yet a while my call obey.
            83    Mightiest of a mighty line—

  15. The Fatal Sisters. An Ode  (6 results)
              7    Weaving many a soldier's doom,
            12    Each a gasping warrior's head.
            15    Sword, that once a monarch bore,
            42    Gored with many a gaping wound:
            43    Fate demands a nobler head;
            44    Soon a King shall bite the ground.

  16. [Lines Spoken by the Ghost of John Dennis at the Devil Tavern]  (6 results)
            16    And blundered through a narrow postern door.
            18    It tumbled down a thousand pair of stairs,
            23    It came into a mead of asphodel:
            42    P.S. Lucrece for half a crown will show you fun,
            43    But Mrs. Oldfield is become a nun.
            51    And Alexander wears a ramilie.

  17. Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes  (5 results)
              1    'Twas on a lofty vase's side,
            18        Betrayed a golden gleam.
            20    A whisker first and then a claw,
            36        A favourite has no friend!

  18. [Sketch of his Own Character]  (5 results)
              1    Too poor for a bribe and too proud to importune,
              2    He had not the method of making a fortune:
              4    No very great wit, he believed in a God.
              5    A post or a pension he did not desire,

  19. Stanzas to Mr Bentley  (5 results)
              6        Fixed by his touch a lasting essence take;
            12        And catch a lustre from his genuine flame.
            24        And dazzle with a luxury of light.
            26        My lines a secret sympathy [...]
            28        A sigh of soft reflection [...].

  20. [Epitaph on a Child]  (3 results)
              2    A child, the darling of his parents' eyes:
              3    A gentler lamb ne'er sported on the plain,
              4    A fairer flower will never bloom again.

  21. Imitated from Propertius, Lib: 3: Eleg: 5:  (3 results)
              1    Love, gentle power, to peace was e'er a friend:
            38    Obscure his radiance in a short-lived night;
            57    You, whose young bosoms feel a nobler flame,

  22. [Impromptus]  (3 results)
              6    He eat a fat goose and could not digest her—
              8    She had a bad face which did sadly molest her.
            12    'Tis a sign you have eat just enough and no more.

  23. Ode for Music  (3 results)
            19    Yet hither oft a glance from high
            70    'A Tudor's fire, a Beaufort's grace.

  24. [Ode on the Pleasure Arising from Vicissitude]  (3 results)
            28    A melancholy grace;
            32    Gilds with a gleam of distant day.
            34    See a kindred Grief pursue;

  25. The Progress of Poesy. A Pindaric Ode  (3 results)
              4    A thousand rills their mazy progress take:
            76    Murmured deep a solemn sound:
          122    Beyond the limits of a vulgar fate,

  26. William Shakespeare to Mrs Anne, Regular Servant to the Revd Mr Precentor of York  (3 results)
              1    A moment's patience, gentle Mistress Anne!
              3    'Tis Willy begs, once a right proper man,
              4    Though now a book and interleaved, you see.

  27. [Hymn to Ignorance. A Fragment]  (2 results)
            20    Break out, and flash a momentary day,
            38    ... a team of harnessed monarchs bend ...

  28. Ode on the Spring  (2 results)
            12    A broader browner shade;
            44    A solitary fly!

  29. Ode to Adversity  (2 results)
            14    With patience many a year she bore:
            48    What others are, to feel, and know myself a man.

  30. Satire on the Heads of Houses; or, Never a Barrel the Better Herring  (2 results)
            22    Hits them all to a hair;
            26    Follows them like a spaniel;

  31. [The Death of Hoel]  (1 result)
            15    Wreathed in many a golden link:

  32. [Epitaph on Sir William Williams]  (1 result)
              4    Nor Envy dared to view him with a frown.

  33. [Invitation to Mason]  (1 result)
              8    And Balguy with a bishop in his belly!

  34. [Lines on Dr Robert Smith]  (1 result)
              2        And leaves not a chestnut in being?

  35. On L[or]d H[olland']s Seat near M[argat]e, K[en]t  (1 result)
              4        A broken character and constitution.

  36. Sonnet [on the Death of Mr Richard West]  (1 result)
              6    A different object do these eyes require.

  37. [Tophet]  (1 result)
              2    Whom many a frighted prelate called his friend;

  38. [Verse Fragments]  (1 result)
              9        A few shall [...]

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