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Page 59 - Soft is the strain when Zephyr gently blows 1 , And the smooth stream in smoother numbers flows ; But when loud surges lash the sounding shore', The hoarse, rough verse should like the torrent roar : The line too labours, and the words move slow; When Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to throw
Page 46 - IL Hark! they whisper; Angels say, Sister Spirit, come away. What is this absorbs me quite? Steals my senses, shuts my sight, 10 Drowns my spirits, draws my breath? Tell me, my Soul, can this be Death? III. The world recedes; it disappears! Heav'n opens on my eyes! my ears
Page 277 - Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer, And without sneering, teach the rest to sneer; Willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike, Just hint a fault, and hesitate dislike; A tim'rous foe, and a suspicious friend ; Dreading ev'n fools, by Flatterers besieg'd, And so obliging, that he ne'er oblig'd 3 ; Like Cato, give his little Senate laws,
Page 199 - Beast, bird, fish, insect, what no eye can see, No glass can reach; from Infinite to thee, 240 From thee to Nothing.—On superior pow'rs* Were we to press, inferior might on ours : Or in the full creation leave a void, Where, one step broken, the great scale's destroy'd: Tenth or ten thousandth, breaks the chain alike.
Page 58 - Where Denham's strength, and Waller's sweetness join". True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, As those move easiest who have learn'd to dance. 'Tis not enough no harshness gives offence, The sound must seem an Echo to the sense*
Page 227 - Save me alike from foolish Pride, Or impious Discontent, At aught thy Wisdom has deny'd, 35 Or aught thy Goodness lent. Teach me to feel another's Woe, To hide the Fault I see; That Mercy I to others show, That Mercy show to me.. 40 Mean tho
Page 27 - lift aloft her scale ; Peace o'er the World her olive wand extend, And white-rob'd Innocence from heav'n descend. Swift fly the years, and rise th' expected morn ! Oh spring to light, auspicious Babe, be born ! See Nature hastes her earliest wreaths to bring, With all the incense of the breathing spring: See lofty
Page 53 - Th' intent propos'd, that Licence is a rule. Thus Pegasus, a nearer way to take, 150 May boldly deviate from the common track; From vulgar bounds with brave disorder part, And snatch a grace beyond the reach of art, Which' without passing thro* the judgment, gains The heart, and all its end at once attains.
Page 277 - True Genius kindles, and fair Fame inspires; Blest with each talent and each art to please, 195 And born to write, converse, and live with ease : Should such a man, too fond to rule alone*, Bear, like the Turk, no brother near the throne. View him with scornful, yet with jealous eyes, And hate for arts that caus'd himself to rise;
Page 58 - These equal syllables alone require, Tho' oft the ear the open vowels tire' ; While expletives their feeble aid do join 3 ; And ten low words oft creep in one dull line : While they ring round the same unvary'd chimes, With sure returns of still expected rhymes ; Where-e'er you find "the cooling western breeze,