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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, " No."

Pilgrim's Progress. The Slough of Despond.

EARL OF ROCHESTER. 1647-1680. 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.


Imitation of Horace. B. ii. Sat. 0.
I 've often wished that I had clear,
For life, six hundred pounds a year,
A handsome house to lodge a friend,
A river at my garden's end.

Poetry, a Rhapsody.
So geographers, in Afric maps,
With savage pictures fill their gaps,
And o'er unhabitable downs
Place elephants for want of towns.

So, naturalists observe, a flea
Has smaller fleas that on him prey;
And these have smaller still to bite 'em.
And so proceed ad infinitum.


1669-1729. The Mourning Bride. Act i. Sc. 1. Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.

By magic numbers and persuasive sound.

But those which soonest take their flight Are the most exquisite and strong;

Like angel's visits, short and bright, Mortality 's too weak to bear them long.



Alexander the Great.
Act i. Sc. 3.
Then he will talk — ye gods, how he will talk!

Act iv. Sc. 2.
When Greeks joined Greeks, then was the tug of war.


- 1704.

Dialogues of the Dead.
I do not love thee, Doctor Fell,
The reason why I cannot tell;
But this alone I know full well,
I do not love thee, Doctor Fell..

* " Non amo te, Sabidi, nee possum dicere quare;
Hoo tantum possum dicere, non amo te."

Martial, Ep. I. xxxiii.




Act ii. Sc. 1.

Pity's akin to love.

DANIEL DEFOE. 1661-1731. 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, Burton's Anatomy j>f Melancholy. Pt.3. Sec. iv. M. 1. Subs. 1.



An English Padlock
Be to her virtues very kind;
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.1

Imitations of Horace. Of two evils I have chose the least.

Epitaph on Himself.
Here lies what once was Matthew Prior;
The son of Adam and of Eve:
Can Bourbon or Nassau claim higher?

* 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.

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