Thomas Love Peacock
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Thomas Love Peacock was born in 1785, in Dorset, at Weymouth. He was the son of a glass merchant, who died three years after he was born. He was raised at his grandfather's house in Chertsey, by his mother. Despite the fact that his formal schooling ended before his teens (he never attended a university), it is important to note that he read widely in five languages throughout his lifetime.
When he could no longer support himself without working, he took a job in 1819 with the East India Company. The next year, he married Jane Gryffydh, daughter to a Welsh rector. Peacock's daughter later married George Meredith, also a literary man.
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Thomas Love Peacock PoemsBeyond The Sea
Beyond the sea, beyond the sea,
My heart is gone, far, far from me;
And ever on its track will flee
My thoughts, my dreams, beyond the sea.... more »
Love And Age
I play'd with you 'mid cowslips blowing,
When I was six and you were four;
When garlands weaving, flower-balls throwing,
Were pleasures soon to please no more.... more »
Life's Uncertain Day
Rich & Poor; Or Saint & Sinner
The poor man's sins are glaring;
In the face of ghostly warning
He is caught in the fact
Of an overt act---... more »
with a remembrance of August, 1807... more »
Instead Of Sitting Wrapped Up In Flannel
Instead of sitting wrapped up in flannel
With rheumatism in every joint,
I wish I was in the English Channel,
Just going 'round the Lizard Point... more »
The Legend Of St. Laura
Saint Laura, in her sleep of death,
Preserves beneath the tomb
---'Tis willed where what is willed must be---
In incorruptibility... more »
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''A book that furnishes no quotations is, me judice, no bookit is a plaything.''Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), British author. Dr. Folliot, in Crotchet Castle, ch. 9 (1831).
''Respectable means rich, and decent means poor. I should die if I heard my family called decent.''Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), British author. Lady Clarinda, in Crotchet Castle, ch. 3 (1831).
''Marriage may often be a stormy lake, but celibacy is almost always a muddy horsepond.''Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), British author. Melincourt, ch. 7 (1817).
''The waste of plenty is the resource of scarcity.''Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), British author. Melincourt, ch. 24 (1817).
''I never failed to convince an audience that the best thing they could do was to go away.''Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), British author. Mr. Skionar, in Crotchet Castle, ch. 18 (1831).
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Life's Uncertain Day
The briefest part of life's uncertain day,
Youth's lovely blossom, hastes to swift decay:
While love, wine, song, enhance our gayest mood
Old age creeps on, nor thought, nor understood.