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" There is no flesh in man's obdurate heart, It does not feel for man ; the natural bond Of brotherhood is sever'd as the flax That falls asunder at the touch of fire. "
The Task: In Six Books - Page 31
by William Cowper - 1836 - 172 pages
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The Poetry of Slavery: An Anglo-American Anthology, 1764-1865

Marcus Wood - History - 2003 - 704 pages
...unsuccessful or successful war, Might never reach me more. My ear is pain'd, My soul is sick with ev'ry day's report Of wrong and outrage with which earth is fill'd....The natural bond Of brotherhood is sever'd as the flax1 That falls asunder at the touch of fire. He finds his fellow guilty of a skin Not colour'd like...
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William Cowper: Selected Poems

William Cowper - Poetry - 2003 - 119 pages
...unsuccessful or successful war. Might never reach me more. My ear is pain'd, My soul is sick, with ev'ry day's report Of wrong and outrage with which earth is fill'd....man's obdurate heart, It does not feel for man; the nat'ral bond Of brotherhood is sever'd as the flax 10 That falls asunder at the touch of fire. He finds...
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Robert Bloomfield: Lyric, Class, and the Romantic Canon

Simon White, John Goodridge, Bridget Keegan - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 315 pages
...inveighs against war, racism, and the slave-trade: My ear is pain'd, My soul is sick with ev'ry day's report Of wrong and outrage with which earth is fill'd....man's obdurate heart, It does not feel for man. The nat'ral bond Of brotherhood is sever'd (The Task, 2:4-10) For a poet who so insists on the solace and...
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The Works of William Sanders Scarborough: Black Classicist and Race Leader

William Sanders Scarborough - History - 2006 - 508 pages
...wilderness * * # My soul is sick with every day's report Of wrong and outrage with which earth is filled. There is no flesh in man's obdurate heart, It does...not feel for man: the natural bond Of brotherhood is severed as the flax That falls asunder at the touch of fire." With the hatred of the lower classes...
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