The selected word "a" appears 224 times in the following 38 texts (sorted by results):
- 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,
- 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
- 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!'
- 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.
- 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,
- 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!
- [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,
- [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.
- [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,
- 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,
- [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,
- [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,
- [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;
- 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—
- 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.
- [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.
- 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!
- [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,
- 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 [...].
- [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.
- 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,
- [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.
- Ode for Music (3 results)
19 Yet hither oft a glance from high
70 'A Tudor's fire, a Beaufort's grace.
- [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;
- 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,
- 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.
- [Hymn to Ignorance. A Fragment] (2 results)
20 Break out, and flash a momentary day,
38 ... a team of harnessed monarchs bend ...
- Ode on the Spring (2 results)
12 A broader browner shade;
44 A solitary fly!
- Ode to Adversity (2 results)
14 With patience many a year she bore:
48 What others are, to feel, and know myself a man.
- 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;
- [The Death of Hoel] (1 result)
15 Wreathed in many a golden link:
- [Epitaph on Sir William Williams] (1 result)
4 Nor Envy dared to view him with a frown.
- [Invitation to Mason] (1 result)
8 And Balguy with a bishop in his belly!
- [Lines on Dr Robert Smith] (1 result)
2 And leaves not a chestnut in being?
- On L[or]d H[olland']s Seat near M[argat]e, K[en]t (1 result)
4 A broken character and constitution.
- Sonnet [on the Death of Mr Richard West] (1 result)
6 A different object do these eyes require.
- [Tophet] (1 result)
2 Whom many a frighted prelate called his friend;
- [Verse Fragments] (1 result)
9 A few shall [...]
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