The poetical works of Samuel Butler. With the life of the author, by dr. Johnson. Cooke's ed (Google eBook)

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1803
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Page 22 - H' had hard words ready to show why, And tell what rules he did it by ; Else when with greatest art he spoke, You'd think he talk'd like other folk ; For all a rhetorician's rules Teach nothing but to name his tools.
Page 22 - For rhetoric, he could not ope His mouth, but out there flew a trope ; And when he happen'd to break off I' th' middle of his speech, or cough, H...
Page 19 - Th' adventure of the bear and fiddle Is sung, but breaks off in the middle. When civil fury first grew high, And men fell out, they knew not why; When hard words, jealousies, and fears, Set folks together by the ears, And made them fight, like mad or drunk, For Dame Religion, as for punk...
Page 138 - Have you not power to entertain, And render love for love again ? As no man can draw in his breath, At once, and force out air beneath.
Page 20 - And styled of war as well as peace. (So some rats of amphibious nature Are either for the land or water.) But here our authors make a doubt Whether he were more wise or stout.
Page 132 - Two trumpets she does sound at once, But both of clean contrary tones ; But whether both with the same wind, Or one before, and one behind, We know not, only this can tell, The one sounds vilely, th' other well, And therefore vulgar authors name Th' one Good, th
Page 136 - Some have been beaten till they know What wood a cudgel's of, by th' blow : Some kick'd, until they can feel whether A shoe be Spanish or neat's leather ; And yet have met, after long running, With some whom they have taught that cunning.
Page 38 - And tell what crisis does divine The rot in sheep, or mange in swine ; In men, what gives or cures the itch, What makes them cuckolds, poor or rich ; What gains or loses, hangs or saves ; What makes men great, what fools or knaves : But not what wise, for only...
Page 168 - Into his hands, or hang th' offender : But they maturely having weigh'd, They had no more but him o...
Page 113 - But cannot blur my lost renown : I am not now in Fortune's power, He that is down can fall no lower. The ancient heroes were illustrious For being benign, and not blustrous Against a vanquish'd foe ; their swords Were sharp and trenchant, not their words ; And did in fight but cut work out T' employ their courtesies about.

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