The Works of the English Poets: Prior

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Page 136 - Let her behold the frantic scene, The women wretched, false the men: And when, these certain ills to shun, She would to thy embraces run; Receive her with extended arms: Seem more delighted with her charms: Wait on her to the park and play: Put on good humour; make her gay: Be to her virtues very kind; Be to her faults a little blind; Let all her ways be unconfin'd; And clap your padlock — on her mind.
Page 129 - To be vexed at a trifle or two that I writ, Your judgment at once and my passion you wrong: You take that for fact which will scarce be found wit: Od's life!
Page 220 - He made his wish with his estate comply, Joyful to live, yet not afraid to die. One child he had, a daughter chaste and fair, His age's comfort, and his fortune's heir. They call'd her Emma ; for the beauteous dame, Who gave the virgin birth, had borne the name ; The name th' indulgent father doubly lov'd ; For in the child the mother's charms improv'd.
Page 237 - The least inclin'd to play the wanton's part ? Did e'er my eye one inward thought reveal, Which angels might not hear, and virgins tell...
Page 199 - Or if it be his fate to meet With folks who have more wealth than wit. He loves cheap port, and double bub, And settles in the Humdrum Club; He learns how stocks will fall or rise; Holds poverty the greatest vice ; Thinks wit the bane of conversation ; And says that learning spoils a nation.
Page 67 - Victor, spare the slave, Who did unequal war pursue; That more than triumph he might have, In being overcome by you. In the dispute whate'er I said, My heart was by my tongue belied; And in my looks you might have read How much I argued on your side. You, far from danger as from fear. Might have sustained an open fight: For seldom your opinions err; Your eyes are always in the right.
Page 44 - IN vain you tell your parting lover You wish fair winds may waft him over. Alas ! what winds can happy prove, That bear me far from what I love ? Alas ! what dangers on the main Can equal those that I sustain, From slighted vows, and cold disdain?
Page 237 - Vows made to last, or promises to bind. By nature prompted, and for empire made, Alike by strength or cunning we invade : When arm'd with rage we march against the...
Page 4 - Nor was this nicety of his judgment confined only to books and literature, but was the same in statuary, painting, and all other parts of art. Bernini would have taken his opinion upon the beauty and attitude of a figure ; and King Charles did not agree with Lely, that my Lady Cleveland's picture was finished, till it had the approbation of my Lord Buckhurst.
Page 126 - Venus, take my votive glass, Since I am not what I was ; What from this day I shall be, Venus, let me never see.

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