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Where Young must torture his invention
To fatter knaves, or lose his pension.

Fvetry, a Rhapsody
Hobbes clearly proves that every creature
Lives in a state of war by nature.

So, naturalists observe, a flea
Has smaller fleas that on him

And these have smaller still to bite 'em;
And so proceed ad infinitum."

Libertas et natale solum :
Fine words! I wonder where you stole 'em.

Verses occasioned by Whitshed's Motto on his Coach.
A college joke to cure the dumps. Cassinus and Peter.
'T is an old maxim in the schools,
That flattery's the food of fools;
Yet now and then your men of wit
Will condescend to take a bit.

Cadenus and Vanessa.
Hail fellow, well met.?
Big-endians and small-endians.

Gulliver's Travels. Part i. Chap. ir. Voyage to Lilliput. And he gave it for his opinion, that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew

before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together.

Part ii. Chap. vii. Voyage to Brobdingnag.

My Lady's Lamentation.

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i Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em,

And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum.
And the great fleas themselves, in turn, have greater fleas to go on;
While these again have greater still, and greater still, and so on.

DE MORGAN: A Budget of Paralores, p. 377. 2 RowLAND : Knave of Hearts (1612). RAY: Proverbs. Tom Brown: Amusement, riii.

8 As the political parties of Whig and Tory are pointed out by the high and low heels of the Lilliputians (Framecksan and Hamecksan), those of Papist and Protestant are designated under the Big-endians and Smallendians.

He had been eight years upon a project for extracting -sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put in phials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw inclement summers.

Gulliver's Trarels. Part iii. Chap. v. Voyage to Laputa. It is a maxim, that those to whom everybody allows the second place have an undoubted title to the first.

Tale of a Tub. Dedication. Seamen have a custom, when they meet a whale, to fling him out an empty tub by way of amusement, to divert him from laying violent hands upon the ship.1

Preface. Bread is the staff of life.”

Ibid. Books, the children of the brain.

Sect. i. As boys do sparrows, with flinging salt upon their tails.

Sect. rii. He made it a part of his religion never to say grace to his meat.

Sect. xi. How we apples swim !

Brother Protestants. The two noblest things, which are sweetness and light.

Battle of the Books. The reason why so few marriages are happy is because young ladies spend their time in making nets, not in Shaking cages.

Thoughts on Various Subjects. Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.

Ibid. A nice man is a man of nasty ideas.


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1. In Sebastian Munster's “Cosmography" there is a cut of a ship to which a whale was coming too ciose for her safety, and of the sailors throwing a tub to the whale, evidently to play with. This practice is al-o mene tioned in an old prose translation of the “Ship of Fools.” — Sir James MACKINTOSH : Appendix to the Life of Sir Thomas More.

See Mathew Henry, page 283.
3 Till they be bobbed on the tails after the manner of sparrows.

RABE LAIS : book ü. chap. xiv.

4 Ray: Proverbs. Mallet: Tyburn.

If Heaven had looked upon riches to be a valuable thing, it would not have given them to such a scoundrel.

Letter to Miss Vanbromrigh, Aug. 12, 1720. Not die here in a rage, like a poisoned rat in a hole.

Letter to Bolingoroke, March 21, 1729. A penny for your thoughts.

Introduction to Polite Conversation. Do you

think I was born in a wood to be afraid of an owl ?

Polite Conversation. Dialogue i. The sight of you is good for sore eyes.

Ibid. 'T is as cheap sitting as standing.

Ibid. I hate nobody: I am in charity with the world. Ibid. I won't quarrel with my bread and butter. Ibid.

She's no chicken; she's on the wrong side of thirty, if she be a day.

Ibid. She looks as if butter wou’dn't melt in her mouth.”

Ibid. If it had been a bear it would have bit you. Ibid.

She wears her clothes as if they were thrown on with a pitchfork.

Ibid. I mean you lie under a mistake.S

Ibid. Lord M. What religion is he of? Lord Sp. Why, he is an Anythingarian.

Ibid. He was a bold man that first eat an oyster. Dialogue it. That is as well said as if I had said it myself. Ibid. You must take the will for the deed."


1 See Heywood, page 16. 2 See Heywood, page 13.

8 You lie — under a mistake. - SHELLEY: Magico Prodigioso, scene f (a translation of Calderon). 4 The will for deed I doe accept.

Du Bartas: Divine Weeks and Works, third day, week ii. part 2.

The will for the deed. CIBBER : The Rival Fools, act iji.

Fingers were made before forks, and hands before knives.

Polite Conversation. Dialogue ii. She has more goodness in her little finger than he has in his whole body.

Ibid. Lord! I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing.

Ibid. They say a carpenter 's known by his chips. Ibid.

The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merry man.

Ibil. I'll give you leave to call me anything, if you don't call me “spade.”

Ibid. May you live all the days of your life.

Ibid. I have fed like a farmer: I shall grow as fat as a porpoise.

Ibid. I always like to begin a journey on Sundays, because I shall have the prayers of the Church to preserve all that travel by land or by water.

Jbid. I know Sir John will go, though he was sure it would rain cats and dogs.

Ibid. I thought you and he were hand-in-glove.

Ibid. 'T is happy for him that his father was before him.

Dialogue iii. There is none so blind as they that won't see.” Ibid. She watches him as a cat would watch a mouse. She pays him in his own coin.

Ibid. There was all the world and his wife.



1 Use three physicians

Still: first, Dr. Quiet;
Next, Dr. Merryman,
And Dr. Dvet.

Regimen Sanitatis Salernitanum (edition 1607) * See Mathew Henry, page 283.

Sharp's the word with her.

Polite Conversation. Dialogue iži There's two words to that bargain.

Ibid. I shall be like that tree, — I shall die at the top.

Scott's Life of Swift.1


Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast,
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.

The Mourning Bride. Act i. Sc. 1. By magic numbers and persuasive sound.

Ibid. Heaven has no rage like love to hatred tnrned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.? dct . Sc. 8. For blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds, And though a late, a sure reward succeeds.

Act v. Sc. 12. If there's delight in love, 't is when I see That heart which others bleed for, bleed for me.

The Way of the World. Act . Sc. 12. Ferdinand Mendez Pinto was but a type of thee, thou liar of the first magnitude.

Love for Love. Act ii. Sc. 5. I came up stairs into the world, for I was born in a cellar.

Sc. 7.


1 When the poem of “ Cadenus and Vanessa ” was the general topic of conversation, some one said, “Surely that Vanessa must be an extraordinary woman that could inspire the Dean to write so finely upon her.” Mrs. Johnson smiled, and answered that “she thought that point not quite so clear; for it was well known the Dean could write fively upon a broomstick.” – JOHNSON : Life of Swift.

2 We shall find no fiend in hell can match the fury of a disappointed woman. — Cibber: Lore's Last Shift, act iv. 8 Born in a cellar, and living in a garret. - FOOTE: The Author, act 2.

Born in the garret, in the kitchen bred. – BYRON: A Sketch.

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