Satires

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C. Whittingham, 1824 - 182 pages
 

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Page vii - I FIRST adventure, with fool-hardy might, To tread the steps of perilous despite. I first adventure, follow me who list, And be the second English satirist.
Page 9 - Holla, ye pampered jades of Asia ! What, can ye draw but twenty miles a day, And have so proud a chariot at your heels, And such a coachman as great Tamburlaine...
Page 64 - But could he have (as I did it mistake) So little in his purse, so much upon his back ? So nothing in his maw ? yet seemeth by his belt, That his gaunt gut not too much stuffing felt. Seest thou how side it hangs beneath his hip ? Hunger and heavy iron makes girdles slip.
Page 10 - Then weeneth he his base drink-drowned spright, Rapt to the threefold loft of heaven hight, When he conceives upon his feigned stage The stalking steps of his great personage, Graced with huff-cap terms and thund'ring threats, That his poor hearers
Page lxxxviii - Yard pulpit, and the service books and singing books that could be had, were carried to the fire in the public market-place; a lewd wretch walking before the train, in his cope trailing in the dirt, with a service book in his hand, imitating in an impious scorn the tune, and usurping the words of the litany used formerly in the Church.
Page 64 - To fare so freely with so little cost, Than stake his twelvepence to a meaner host.
Page xi - But that such a poem should be toothless, I still affirm it to be a bull, taking away the essence of that which it calls itself. For if it bite neither the persons nor the vices, how is it a satire ? And if it bite either, how is it toothless ? So that toothless satires are as much as if he had said toothless teeth.
Page 52 - To suit a fool's far-fetched livery. A French head joined to neck Italian, Thy thighs from Germany, and breast from Spain; An Englishman in none, a fool in all; Many in one, and one in several. Then men were men; but now the greater part Beasts are in life and women are in heart.
Page 50 - So lovers' contracts, images of those, Bind but till sleep, death's image, them unloose? Or, your own end to justify, For having purposed change, and falsehood, you Can have no way but falsehood to be true? Vain lunatic, against these 'scapes I could Dispute, and conquer, if I would, Which I abstain to do, For by tomorrow, I may think so too.
Page 111 - ... to the great admiration of all the beholders; but then, by little and little, they grew usual among the nobility and others of sort, and within twenty years became a great trade of coachmaking.

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