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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.
Poetry, a Rhapsody.
So, naturalists observe, a flea
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 iv. Sc. 2.
Dialogues of the Dead.
* " Non amo te, Sabidi, nee possum dicere quare;
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
Henry and Emma.
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.
* 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.