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Page 43 - That wit and fine writing doth not consist so much in advancing things that are new, as in giving things that are known an agreeable turn.
Page 102 - For thee we dim the eyes, and stuff the head With all such reading as was never read : For thee explain a thing till all men doubt it, And write about it, goddess, and about it : So spins the silkworm small its slender store, And labours till it clouds itself all o'er.
Page 82 - How Tragedy and Comedy embrace; How Farce and Epic get a jumbled race; How Time himself stands still at her command, Realms shift their place, and Ocean turns to land.
Page 43 - ... mankind in more strong, more beautiful, or more uncommon lights. If a reader examines Horace's Art of Poetry, he will find but few precepts in it which...
Page 206 - And ten-horn'd fiends and Giants rush to war. Hell rises, Heav'n descends, and dance on Earth : Gods, imps, and monsters, music, rage, and mirth, A fire, a jigg, a battle, and a ball, 'Till one wide conflagration swallows all. Thence a new world to Nature's laws unknown, Breaks out refulgent, with a heav'n its own : Another Cynthia her new journey runs, And other planets circle other suns.
Page 165 - First he relates, how sinking to the chin, Smit with his mien, the mud-nymphs suck'd him in : How young Lutetia, softer than the down, Nigrina black, and Merdamante brown, 310 Vy'd for his love in jetty bow'rs below ; As Hylcu fair was ravish'd long ago.
Page 100 - O ! ever gracious to perplex'd mankind, Still spread a healing mist before the mind ; And lest we err by wit's wild dancing light, Secure us kindly in our native night.