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Page 7 - Never literary attempt was more unfortunate than my Treatise of Human Nature. It fell dead-born from the press, without reaching such distinction, as even to excite a murmur among the zealots.
Page 8 - I was assailed by one cry of reproach, disapprobation, and even detestation: English, Scotch, and Irish; Whig and Tory; churchman and sectary, freethinker and religionist; patriot and courtier united in their rage against the man, who had presumed to shed a generous tear for the fate of Charles I, and the Earl of Strafford...
Page 200 - For should he Lady W. find willing, Wormwood is bitter" "Oh! that's me! the villain! Throw it behind the fire, and never more Let that vile paper come within my door." Thus at our friends we laugh, who feel the dart; To reach our feelings, we ourselves must smart. Is our young bard so young, to think that he Can stop the full spring-tide of calumny? Knows he the world so little, and its trade? Alas! the devil's sooner raised than laid.
Page 199 - Th' oblivious grave's inviolable shade. Let one great payment every claim appease, And him who cannot hurt, allow to please ; To please by scenes, unconscious of offence, By harmless merriment, or useful sense. Where aught of bright or fair the piece displays, Approve it only ; — 'tis too late to praise. If want of skill or want of care appear, Forbear to hiss ; — the poet cannot hear. By all, like him, must praise and blame be found, At...
Page 31 - Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now? your gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar?
Page 199 - A SCHOOL for Scandal ! tell me. I beseech you, Needs there a school this modish art to teach you? No need of lessons now, the knowing think; We might as well be taught to eat and drink. Caused by a dearth of scandal, should the vapours Distress our fair ones— let them read the papers ; Their powerful mixtures such disorders hit ; Crave what you will — there's quantum sufficit.
Page 174 - Petition of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons of the City of London, in Common Council assembled.
Page 208 - I wish thee, Vin, before all wealth, Both bodily and ghostly health ; Nor too much wealth nor wit come to thee So much of either may undo thee. I wish thee learning, not for show, Enough for to instruct and know ; Not such as gentlemen require To prate at table or at fire. I wish thee all thy mother's graces, Thy father's fortunes and his places.