Bell's Edition: The Poets of Great Britain Complete from Chaucer to Churchill ...

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J. Bell, 1797 - English poetry
 

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Page 20 - He'd run in debt by disputation, And pay with ratiocination : All this by syllogism true, In mood and figure he would do. For rhetoric, he could not ope His mouth, but out there flew a trope : And when he happen'd to break off I' th' middle of his speech, or cough, H...
Page 214 - Tis the temptation of the devil That makes all human actions evil : For Saints may do the same things by The Spirit, in sincerity, Which other men are tempted to, And at the devil's instance do ; And yet the actions be contrary, Just as the Saints and Wicked vary.
Page 18 - Th' adventure of the bear and fiddle Is sung, but breaks off in the middle. When civil fury first grew high, And men fell out, they knew not why; When hard words, jealousies, and fears, Set folks together by the ears...
Page 18 - Though not a man of them knew wherefore ; When Gospel-trumpeter, surrounded With long-ear'd rout, to battle sounded ; And pulpit, drum ecclesiastic, Was beat with fist instead of a stick, Then did Sir Knight abandon dwelling, And out he rode a colonelling.
Page 34 - Unless they graz'd there's not one word Of their provision on record ; Which made some confidently write, They had no stomachs but to fight.
Page 43 - He understood the speech of birds As well as they themselves do words ; Could tell what subtlest parrots mean, That speak and think contrary clean ; 550 What member 'tis of whom they talk When they cry ' Rope,' and
Page 28 - Such as do build their faith upon The holy text of pike and gun ; Decide all controversies by Infallible artillery, And prove their doctrine orthodox By...
Page 26 - Or, like a mountebank, did wound And stab herself with doubts profound, Only to show with how small pain The sores of Faith are cured again ; Although by woful proof we find They always leave a scar behind.
Page 84 - And what would serve, if those were gone, To make it orthodox ?" — " Our own." " What makes morality a crime, The most notorious of the time ; Morality, which both the saints And wicked too cry out against ?" — " 'Cause grace and virtue are within Prohibited degrees of kin ; And therefore no true saint allows They shall be...
Page 113 - Is marry'd only to a thumb (As wise as ringing of a pig, That us'd to break up ground and dig), The bride to nothing but her will, That nulls the after-marriage still : Some were for th...

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