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Alexander's Feast -- Continued.

Line 106. Take the good the gods provide thee.

Line 120. Sighed and looked, and sighed again.

Line 154.
And, like another Ilelen, fired another Troy.

Line 160. Could swell the soul to rage, or kindle soft desire.

Line 169. He raised a mortal to the skies, She drew an angel down.



Line 84.
He trudged along, unknowing what he sought,
And whistled as he went, for want of thought.

Line 367. She hugged the offender, and forgave the offence, Sex to the last.


Part i. Line 27.
Whate'er he did, was done with so much ease,
In him alone 't was natural to please.

Absolom and Achitophel -- Continued

Part i. Line 156.

A fiery soul, which, working out its way,
Fretted the pigmy body to decay,
And o'er informed the tenement of clay.

Part i. Line 163..
Great wits are sure to madness near allied,
And thin partitions do their bounds divide.

Part i. Line 169.
And all to leave what with his toil he won,
To that unfeather'd two-legg'd thing, a son.

Part i. Line 174. Resolved to ruin or to rule the state.

Part i. Line 238.
The people's prayer - the glad diviner's theme,
The young men's vision, and the old men's dream.*

Part i. Line 301.
Than a successive title, long and dark,
Drawn from the mouldy rolls of Noah's ark.

Part i. Line 512. Not only hating David, but the king.

Part i. Line 534.

Who think too little, and who talk too much.

* Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.—Joel iii. 28.

Absalom and Achitophel — Continued.

Part i. Lire 545.
A man so various, that he seemed to be
Not one, but all mankind's epitome;
Stiff in opinions, always in the wrong,
Was every thing by starts, and nothing long.

Part i. Line 557.

So over violent, or over civil,
That every man with him was God or devil.

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His tribe were God Almighty's gentlemen.

Part i. Line 868.
Him of the western dome, whose weighty sense
Flows in fit words and heavenly eloquence.

Part i. Line 1005.

Beware the fury of a patient man.

Part ii. Line 414. And dashed through thick and thin.*

Part ii. Line 463. For every inch, that is not fool, is


* Through thick and thin, both over banck and bush,
In hopes her to attaine by hooke or crooke.

Fairie Queene. Book 3. c. i. st. 17.

All for Love. Prologue. Errors like straws upon the surface flow; He who would search for pearls must dive below.

Act iv. Sc. i.
Men are but children of a larger growth.

The Tempest. Prologue.
But Shakspeare's magic could not copied be;
Within that circle none durst walk but he.

Conquest of Grenada. Part i. Sc. 1.
I am as free as nature first made man,
Ere the base laws of servitude began,
When wild in woods the noble savage ran.

Spanish Friar.

Act ii. Sc. 1.

There is a pleasure
In being mad which none but madmen know.

Don Sebastian. Act i. Sc. 1. This is the porcelain clay of human kind.

Translation of Juvenal's 10th Satire. Look round the habitable world, how few Know their own good, or, knowing it, pursue.

Prologue to Lee's Sophonisba.
Thespis, the first professor of our art,
At country wakes sung ballads from a cart.

Imitation of the 29th of Horace.

Book i. Line 65. Happy the man, and happy he alone, He, who can call to-day his own : He who, secure within, can say, To-morrow do thy worst, for I have lived to-day.

Mac Flecknoe. Line 20. But Shadwell never deviates into sense.

The Cock and Fox.

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For Art may err, but Nature cannot miss.

Theodore and Honoria. And that one hunting, which the devil design'd For one fair female, lost him half the kind.

On Milton.
Three Poets, in three distant ages born,
Greece, Italy, and England did adorn;
The first in loftiness of thought surpassed,
The next in majesty, in both the last.
The force of nature could no further go;
To make a third she joined the former two.

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