The Works of the English Poets: Butler

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Samuel Johnson
H. Hughs, 1779
 

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Seite 28 - Lilburn:" which part of his character gave occasion for the following lines at his death : Is John departed, and is Lilburn gone? Farewell to both, to Lilburn and to John. Yet, being dead, take this advice from me, Let them not both in one grave buried be : Lay John here, and Lilburn thereabout, For if they both should meet they would fall out.
Seite 116 - There should be equity in love ? For laws that are inanimate, And feel no sense of love or hate ; That have no passion of their own, Nor pity to be wrought upon ; Are only proper to inflict Revenge on criminals as strict : But...
Seite 350 - That dwell in ships, like swarms of rats, and prey Upon the goods all nations...
Seite 335 - It is not poetry that makes men poor ; For few do write that were not so before ; And those that have writ best, had they been rich, Had ne'er been clapp'd with a poetic itch ; Had loved their ease too well to take the pains To undergo that drudgery of brains ; But, being for all other trades unfit, Only t' avoid being idle, set up wit.
Seite 329 - WHY should not piety be made, As well as equity, a trade, And men get money by devotion, As well as making of a motion ? B...
Seite 148 - Heaven itself assail, Was mounted full against the Moon, And all stood ready to fall on, Impatient who should have the honour To plant an ensign first upon her, When one, who for his deep belief Was virtuoso then in chief...
Seite 26 - O' th' compass in their bones and joints, Can by their pangs and aches find All turns and changes of the wind, And better than by Napier's bones Feel in their own the age of moons...
Seite 279 - Wav'd to assert the murther of a prince, The author of false Latin to convince ; But laid the merits of the cause aside, By those that understood them to be try'd ; And counted breaking Priscian's head a thing More capital than to behead a king, For which he 'as been admir'd by all the learn'd Of knaves concern'd, and pedants unconcern'd. JUDGMENT is but a curious pair of scales, That turns with th...
Seite 322 - The metaphysics but a puppet motion That goes with screws, the notion of a notion; The copy of a copy and lame draught Unnaturally taken from a thought: That counterfeits all pantomimic tricks, And turns the eyes, like an old crucifix; That counterchanges whatsoe'er it calls B...
Seite 95 - stead of cuirasiers ; Engag"d his legions in fierce bustles, With periwinkles, prawns, and muscles, And led his troops with furious gallops, To charge whole regiments of scallops; Not like their ancient way of war, To wait on his triumphal car; But when he went to dine or sup, More bravely ate his captives up, And left all war, by his example, Reduc'd to vict'ling of a camp well.

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