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1628-1688. Apology for his Book.
And so I penned It down, until at last it came to be, For length and breadth, the bigness which you see.
Some said, “ John, print it,” others said, “ Not so," Some said, “ It might do good,” others said, 6 No.”
Pilgrim's Progress. The Slough of Despond.
EARL OF ROCHESTER.
Written on the Bedchamber Door of Charles II. Here lies our sovereign lord the king,
Whose word no man relies on; He never says a foolish thing,
Nor ever does a wise one.
Artemisa in the Town to Chloe in the Country. And ever since the conquest have been fools.
SHEFFIELD, DUKE OF BUCKINGHAMSHIRE.
Essay on Poetry.
There's no such thing in nature, and you 'll draw
Read Homer once, and you can read no more,
Venice Preserved. Act i. Sc. 1.
you. Angels are painted fair to look like you.
But those which soonest take their flight Are the most exquisite and strong;
Like angels visits, short and bright, Mortality 's too weak to bear them long.
Alexander the Great.
Act i. Sc. 3.
Act iv. Sc. 2. When Greeks joined Greeks, then was the tug of war.
Dialogues of the Dead.
*"Non amo te, Sabidi, nec possum dicere quare;
Martial, Ep. I. xxxiii.
The True-Born Englishman.
Part i. Line 1. Wherever God erects a house of prayer, * The Devil always builds a chapel there; And ’t will be found upon examination, The latter has the largest congregation.
The Double Falsehood. None but himself can be his parallel.
* No sooner is a Temple built to God, but the Devil builds a Chapel hard by. Jacula Prudentum. GEORGE HERBERT.
Where God hath a Temple the Devil will have a Chapel.
An English Padlock. Be to her virtues
very Be to her faults a little blind.
Henry and Emma. That air and harmony of shape express, Fine by degrees, and beautifully less.
The Thief and the Cordelier. Now fitted the halter, now traversed the cart, And often took leave; but was loth to depart.
Epilogue to Lucius. And the gray mare will prove the better horse.*
Imitations of Horace. Of two evils I have chose the least.
Epitaph on Himself.
* The graye mare will be the better horse. The Marriage of Wit and Science, 1569. See also Hudibras, Part ii. Canto ii. line 698. Mr. Macaulay thinks that this proverb originated in the preference generally given to the gray mares of Flanders over the finest coach-horses of England. History of England, Vol. I. Ch. 3.