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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

3909 James Thomson 1700-1748 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:James Thomson (1700–1748)
QUOTATION:A pleasing land of drowsyhed it was,
Of dreams that wave before the half-shut eye;
And of gay castles in the clouds that pass,
Forever flushing round a summer sky:
There eke the soft delights that witchingly
Instil a wanton sweetness through the breast,
And the calm pleasures always hover’d nigh;
But whate’er smack’d of noyance or unrest
Was far, far off expell’d from this delicious nest.
ATTRIBUTION:The Castle of Indolence. Canto i. Stanza 6.