The Works of Mr. William Congreve, Volume 1

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J. and R. Tonson and S. Draper, 1753
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Page 222 - No matter, she's a woman of parts, and, egad, parts will carry her. She said she would follow me into the gallery. Now to make my approaches. Hem, hem! Ah ma- [bows.] dam! Pox on't, why should I disparage my parts by thinking what to say? None but dull rogues think; witty men, like rich fellows, are always ready for all expenses; while your blockheads, like poor needy scoundrels, are forced to examine their stock, and forecast the charges of the day.
Page 140 - WELL, then, the promised hour is come at last; The present age of wit obscures the past: Strong were our sires, and as they fought they writ, Conquering with force of arms and dint of wit, Theirs was the giant race before the flood ; And thus, when Charles returned, our empire stood. Like Janus...
Page 4 - You read of but one wise man, and all that he knew was, that he knew nothing. Come, come, leave business to idlers, and wisdom to fools : they have need of 'em : wit, be my faculty, and pleasure my occupation ; and let father Time shake his glass.
Page 135 - But otherwise, when a man in soliloquy reasons with himself, and pro's and con's, and weighs all his designs, we ought not to imagine that this man either talks to us or to himself; he is only thinking, and thinking such matter as were inexcusable folly in him to speak.
Page 140 - Our age was cultivated thus at length ; But what we gain'd in skill we lost in strength.
Page 169 - Nay, I have known two wits meet, and by the opposition of their wit render themselves as ridiculous as fools. 'Tis an odd game we're going to play at; what think you of drawing stakes, and giving over in time ? Mel.
Page 177 - May be it is no sin to them that don't think it so ; indeed, if I did not think it a sin — but still my honour, if it were no sin. — But then, to marry my daughter, for the conveniency of frequent opportunities, I'll never consent to that ; as sure as can be I'll break the match.
Page 164 - O' my conscience, no more we should; thou sayest right ; for sure my Lord Froth is as fine a gentleman and as much a man of quality ! Ah, nothing at all of the common air! — I think I may say he wants nothing but a blue ribbon and a star to make him shine, the very phosphorus of our hemisphere. Do you understand those two hard words?
Page 141 - The second temple was not like the first: Till you, the best Vitruvius, come at length; Our beauties equal, but excel our strength. Firm Doric pillars found your solid base; The fair Corinthian crowns the higher space: Thus all below is strength, and all above is grace.
Page 245 - I have discovered so much manly virtue ; thine, in that thou shalt have due reward of all thy worth. Give me thy hand. My nephew is the alone remaining branch of all our ancient family: him I thus blow away, and constitute thee in his room to be my heir MASK.

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