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Page 8 - I know of nothing that will be so interesting to you, at present, as some circumstances of the last act of that eminent comic poet, and our friend, Wycherley. He had often told me, as, I doubt not, he did all his acquaintance, that he would marry, as soon as his life was despaired of: accordingly, a few days before his death, he underwent the ceremony, and joined together those two sacraments, which, wise men say, should be the last we receive...
Page 109 - DEAR MR. GAY, — Welcome to your native soil, welcome to your friends, thrice welcome to me, whether returned in glory, blest with court interest, the love and familiarity of the great, and filled with agreeable hopes ; or melancholy with dejection, contemplative of the changes of fortune, and doubtful for the future. Whether returned a triumphant Whig or a...
Page 93 - I knew you, and shall not fail to do it when I am not allowed to tell you so, as the case will soon be.
Page 111 - Parnell is in an ill state of health. "Pardon me if I add a word of advice in the poetical way.
Page 165 - It is so with me ; for you are in one thing an evangelical man, that " you know not where to lay your head ;
Page 164 - Scenes you have passed, have not been able to attain that one quality peculiar to a great man, of forgetting every thing but injuries. Of this I am a living witness against you ; for being the most insignificant of all your old humble servants, you were so cruel as never to...
Page 97 - I talk of dazzling or blazing ? it was then that they did good, that they gave light, and that they became guides to mankind.
Page 115 - ... signs of life were found in either. Attended by their melancholy companions, they were conveyed to the town, and the next day were interred in Stanton-Harcourt church-yard.
Page 110 - Whig, as I rather hope, and as I think, your principles and mine (as brother poets) had ever a bias to the side of liberty, I know you will be an honest man, and an inoffensive one. Upon the whole, I know, you are incapable of being so much of either party as to be good for nothing.