Dialogues of the Dead: And Other Works in Prose and Verse

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University Press, 1907 - 415 pages
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Page 57 - Nobles and heralds, by your leave, Here lies what once was Matthew Prior, The son of Adam and of Eve ; Can Bourbon or Nassau claim higher ? " But, in this case, the old prejudice got the better of the old joke.
Page 85 - For while she makes her silk-worms beds, With all the tender things, I swear, Whilst all the house my passion reads, In papers round her baby's hair. She may receive and own my flame, For though the strictest prudes should know it, She'll pass for a most virtuous dame, And I for an unhappy poet.
Page 132 - Whilst each her character maintain'd; One spoke her thoughts, the other feign'd. At length, quoth Falsehood, sister Truth, (For so she call'd her from her youth) What if, to shun yon sultry beam, We bathe in this delightful stream; The bottom smooth, the water clear, And there's no prying shepherd near ?— With all my heart...
Page 130 - If his bones lie in earth, roll in sea, fly in air, To Fate we must yield, and the thing is the same ; And if passing thou giv'st him a smile or a tear, He cares not — yet, prithee, be kind to his fame.
Page 173 - THOUGH doom'd to small-coal, yet to arts allied, Rich without wealth, and famous without pride ; Music's best patron, judge of books and men, Belov'd and honour'd by Apollo's train: In Greece or Rome sure never did appear So bright a genius, in so dark a sphere : More of the man had artfully * been sav'd, Had Kneller painted, and had Vertue grav'd.
Page 96 - This night, and the next shall be hers, shall be mine, To good or ill fortune the third we resign : Thus scorning the world, and superior to fate, I drive on my car in processional state.
Page 229 - This also shows wherein the identity of the same man consists; viz. in nothing but a participation of the same continued life, by constantly fleeting particles of matter, in succession vitally united to the same organized body.
Page 109 - Latin." you with High-Dutch Heeren dine, Expect false Latin, and stumm'd wine ; They never taste who always drink ; They always talk, who never think.
Page 129 - Then take Mat's word for it, the sculptor is paid ; That the figure is fine, pray believe your own eye ; Yet credit but lightly what more may be said, For we flatter ourselves, and teach marble to lie.
Page 71 - Then answer'd Squire Morley ; Pray get a calash, That in summer may burn, and in winter may splash ; I love dirt and dust ; and 'tis always my pleasure, To take with me much of the soil that I measure. But Matthew thought better: for Matthew thought right, And hired a chariot so trim and so tight, That extremes both of winter and summer might pass : For one window was canvas, the other was glass Draw up...

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