One would come carrying an arm in one hand, and declaring that it had a mighty pain in it, and he could not use the hoe no way; another would make his appearance with both hands on his breast, and with a rueful look complain of a great pain in the stomach; a third came limping along, with a dreadful rheumatiz in his knees; and so on for a dozen or more.
Fled are those times when, in harmonious strains, The rustic poet praised his native plains; No shepherds now, in smooth alternate verse, Their country's beauty or their nymphs' rehearse: Yet still for these we frame the tender strain; Still in our lays fond Corydons complain, And shepherds' boys their amorous pains reveal The only pains, alas!
It is the power for which Matthew Arnold found this happy designation that compensates us for that absence of excitement of which the heedless complain in Wordsworth's verseexcitement so often meaning mental fever, hysterics, distorted passion, or other fitful agitation of the soul.
And, when his age attempts its task in vain, With ruthless taunts, of lazy poor complain.
Juno in Lucian complains of Jupiter that he was still kissing Ganymede before her face, which did not a little offend her: and besides he was a counterfeit Amphitryo, a bull, a swan, a golden shower, and played many such bad pranks, too long, too shameful to relate.
I remember hearing a clever and enthusiastic young lady complain of what she had suffered, on meeting a certain great bishop at dinner.
When he had repeatedly inquired of them and could not elicit any answer at all, the same Divitiacus the Aeduan answered, that"the lot of the Sequani was more wretched and grievous than that of the rest, on this account, because they alone durst not even in secret complain or supplicate aid; and shuddered at the cruelty of Ariovistus
For I would let thee free and widely stray Would follow gladly, tend thee on thy way, And never of the devious track complain, Never thy wild and sportive flights disdain!