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Happy the Lab'rer

Happy the lab'rer in his Sunday clothes!
In light-drab coat, smart waistcoat, well-darn'd hose,
Andhat upon his head, to church he goes;
As oft, with conscious pride, he downward throws
A glance upon the ample cabbage rose
That, stuck in button-hole, regales his nose,
He envies not the gayest London beaux.
In church he takes his seat among the rows,
Pays to the place the reverence he owes,
Likes best the prayers whose meaning least he knows,
Lists to the sermon in a softening doze,
And rouses joyous at the welcome close.

I've a Pain in my Head

'I've a pain in my head'
Said the suffering Beckford;
To her Doctor so dread.
'Oh! what shall I take for't?'

Said this Doctor so dread
Whose name it was Newnham.
'For this pain in your head
Ah! What can you do Ma'am?'

Said Miss Beckford, 'Suppose
If you think there's no risk,
I take a good Dose
Of calomel brisk.'--

'What a praise worthy Notion.'
Replied Mr. Newnham.
'You shall have such a potion
And so will I too Ma'am.' 

Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her realism, biting irony and social commentary have gained her historical importance among scholars and critics.[1]

Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentry.[2] She was educated primarily by her father and older brothers as well as through her own reading. The steadfast support of her family was critical to her development as a professional writer.[3] Her artistic apprenticeship lasted from her teenage years into her thirties. During this period, she experimented with various literary forms, including the epistolary novel which she then abandoned, and wrote and extensively revised three major novels and began a fourth.[B] From 1811 until 1816, with the release of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816), she achieved success as a published writer. She wrote two additional novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818, and began a third, which was eventually titled Sanditon, but died before completing it.

Austen's works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to 19th-century realism.[4][C] Her plots, though fundamentally comic,[5] highlight the dependence of women on marriage to secure social standing and economic security.[6] Her work brought her little personal fame and only a few positive reviews during her lifetime, but the publication in 1869 of her nephew's A Memoir of Jane Austen introduced her to a wider public, and by the 1940s she had become widely accepted in academia as a great English writer. The second half of the 20th century saw a proliferation of Austen scholarship and the emergence of a Janeite fan culture.

List of works


    Sense and Sensibility (1811)
    Pride and Prejudice (1813)
    Mansfield Park (1814)
    Emma (1815)
    Northanger Abbey (1818, posthumous)
    Persuasion (1818, posthumous)

Short fiction

    Lady Susan (1794, 1805)

Unfinished fiction

    The Watsons (1804)
    Sanditon (1817)

Other works

    Sir Charles Grandison (adapted play) (1793, 1800)[132]
    Plan of a Novel (1815)
    Poems (1796-1817)
    Prayers (1796-1817)
    Letters (1796-1817)

Juvenilia — Volume the First (1787-1793) [133]

    Frederic & Elfrida
    Jack & Alice
    Edgar & Emma
    Henry and Eliza
    The Adventures of Mr. Harley
    Sir William Mountague
    Memoirs of Mr. Clifford
    The Beautifull Cassandra
    Amelia Webster
    The Visit
    The Mystery
    The Three Sisters
    A beautiful description
    The generous Curate
    Ode to Pity

Juvenilia — Volume the Second (1787-1793)

    Love and Freindship
    Lesley Castle
    The History of England
    A Collection of Letters
    The female philosopher
    The first Act of a Comedy
    A Letter from a Young Lady
    A Tour through Wales
    A Tale

Juvenilia — Volume the Third (1787-1793)

    Catharine, or the Bower



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