The poetical works of Samuel Butler: With life, critical dissertation, and explanatory notes, Volume 2

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James Nichol, 1854
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Page 7 - For loyalty is still the same Whether it win or lose the game ; True as the dial to the sun, Although it be not shin'd upon.
Page 15 - But still his tongue ran on, the less Of weight it bore, with greater ease ; And, with its everlasting clack, Set all men's ears upon the rack.
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Page 138 - These were their learned speculations, And all their constant occupations, To measure wind, and weigh the air, And turn a circle to a square ; To make a powder of the sun, By which all doctors should b...
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Page 70 - He that complies against his will, Is of his own opinion still, Which he may adhere to, yet disown, For reasons to himself best known...
Page 119 - That is not huge and over-grown, And explicate appearances, Not as they are, but as they please ; In vain strive Nature to suborn, And, for their pains, are paid with scorn.

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