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'T is elder Scripture, writ by God's own hand, Scripture authentic! uncorrupt by man.

Night Thoughts. Night 1x. Line 644 An undevout astronomer is mad.

Line 771. The course of Nature is the art of God."

Line 1267. The love of praise, howe'er conceal'd by art, Reigns more or less, and glows in ev'ry heart.

Love of Fame. Satire i. Line 31. Some for renown, on scraps of learning dote, And think they grow immortal as they quote. Line 89. Titles are marks of honest men, and wise; The fool or knave that wears a title lies.

Line 145. They that on glorious ancestors enlarge, Produce their debt instead of their discharge. Line 147. None think the great unhappy but the great.”

Line 238. Unlearned men of books assume the care, As eunuchs are the guardians of the fair. Satire i. Line 83. The booby father craves a booby son, And by Heaven's blessing thinks himself undone.

Line 165, Where Nature's end of language is declin'd, And men talk only to conceal the mind. 3

Line 207. 1 See Sir Thomas Browne, page 218. 2 See Nicholas Rowe, page 301.

3 Speech was made to open man to man, and not to hide him : to pro mote commerce, and not betray it. — Lloyd: State Worthies (1665; edited by Whitworth), col. i. 503.

Speech was given to the ordinary sort of men whereby to communicate their mind ; but to wise men, whereby to conceal it.

- ROBERT SOUTH : Sermon, April 30, 1676.

The true use of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them. – GOLDSMITH : The Bee, No. 3. (Oct. 20, 1759.)

Ils ne se servent de la pensée que pour autoriser leurs injustices, et emploient les paroles que pour déguiser leurs pensées (Men use thought only to justify their wrong doings, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts). – VoltAIRE: Dialogue rio. Le Chapon et la Poularde (1766).

When Harel wished to put a joke or witticism into circulation, he was in the habit of connecting it with some celebrated name, on the chance of reclaiming it if it took. Thus he assigned to Talleyrand, in the “Nain Jaune," the phrase, “Speech was given to man to disguise his thoughts." – FOURNIER : L'Esprit dans l'Histoire

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Be wise with speed;
A fool at forty is a fool indeed.

Love of Fame. Satire ii. Line 282.
And waste their music on the savage race.?

Satire v. Line 228.
For her own breakfast she'll project a scheme,
Nor take her tea without a stratagem. Satire vi. Line 190.
Think naught a trifle, though it small appear;
Small sands the mountain, moments make the year,
And trifles life.

Line 208
One to destroy is murder by the law,
And gibbets keep the lifted hand in awe;
To murder thousands takes a specious name,
Svar's glorious art, and gives immortal fame.

Satire rii. Line 55. Elow commentators each dark passage shun, And hold their farthing candle to the sun.

Line 97. The man that makes a character makes foes.

To Mr. Pope. Epistle i. Line 28. Their feet through faithless leather met the dirt, And oftener chang'd their principles than shirt. Line 277 Accept a miracle instead of wit, See two dull lines with Stanhope's pencil writ.

Lines written with the Diamond Pencil of Lord Chesterfield. Time elaborately thrown away.

The Lasi Day. Book i. There buds the promise of celestial worth.

Book ini. In records that defy the tooth of time.

The Statesman's Creed. Great let me call him, for he conquered me.

The Revenge. Act i. Sc. 1. Souls made of fire, and children of the sun, With whom revenge is virtue.

Act v. Sc. 2

1 And waste their sweetness on the desert air. - GRAY: Elegy, stanza 14. CHURCHILL: Gotham, book ii, line 20,

The blood will follow where the knife is driven,
The flesh will quiver where the pincers tear.

The Revenge. Act r. Sc. 2. And friend received with thumps upon the back.'

Universal Passion


Westward the course of empire takes its way;8

The four first acts already past,
A fifth shall close the drama with the day :
Time's noblest offspring is the last.

On the Prospect of Planting Arts and Learning in America.
Our youth we can have but to-day,
We may always find time to grow old.

Can Love be controlled by Advice !: [Tar water) is of a nature so mild and benign and proportioned to the human constitution, as to warm without heating, to cheer but not inebriate.*

Siris. Par. 217.

JANE BRERETON. 1685–1740.

The picture placed the busts between

Adds to the thought much strength;
Wisdom and Wit are little seen,
But Folly 's at full length.
On Beau Nash's Picture at full length between the Busts of

Sir Isaac Newton and Mr. Pope.5

1 The man that hails you Tom or Jack,
And proves, by thumping on your back.

Cowper : On Friendship. 2 See Daniel, page 39.

Westward the star of empire takes its way. — JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, Oration at Plymouth, 1802.

8 AIKEN: Vocal Poetry (London, 1810).

4 Cups

That cheer but not inebriate.

COWPER: The Task, bowk ir.

6 Dece: Specimens of British Poetesses. (This epigram is generally as. cribed to Chesterfield. See Campbell, “ English Poets,” note, p. 521.)

AARON HILL. 1685-1750.

First, then, a woman will or won't, depend on 't;
If she will do’t, she will; and there's an end on 't.
But if she won't, since safe and sound your trust is,
Fear is affront, and jealousy injustice.?

Zara. Epilogue
Tender-handed stroke a nettle,

And it stings you for your pains;
Grasp it like a man of mettle,

And it soft as silk remains.
'T is the same with common natures :

Use 'em kindly, they rebel;
But be rough as nutmeg-graters,
And the rogues obey you well.

Verses written on a window in Scotland.

THOMAS TICKELL. 1686–1740.


men, by whom impartial laws were given; Ånd saints who taught and led the way to heaven.

On the Death of Mr. Addison. Line 41. Nor e'er was to the bowers of bliss conveyed A fairer spirit or more welcome shade. There taught us how to live; and (oh, too high The price for knowledge !) taught us how to die.Line 81.

Line 45.

The following lines are copied from the pillar erected on the mount in the Dane John Field, Canterbury:

Where is the man who has the power and skill
To stem the torrent of a woman's will?
For if she will, she will, you may depend on't;
And if she won't, she won't; so there's an end on 't.

The Examiner, May 31, 1829. ? He who should teach men to die, would at the same time teach them to live. — MONTAIGNE: Essays, book i. chap. ix.

I have taught you, my dear flock, for above thirty years how to live :





The sweetest garland to the sweetest maid.

To a Lady with a Present of Flowers
I hear a voice you cannot hear,

Which says I must not stay ;
I see a hand you cannot see,

Which beckons me away. Colin and Lucy.

SAMUEL MADDEN. 1687-1765.

Some write their wrongs in marble: he more just,
Stoop'd down serene and wrote them in the dust, –
Trod under foot, the sport of every wind,
Swept from the earth and blotted from his mind.
There, secret in the grave, he bade them lie,
And grieved they could not ’scape the Almighty eye.

Boulter's Monument.
Words are men's daughters, but God's sons are things."


ALEXANDER POPE. 1688–1744.

Awake, my St. John ! leave all meaner things
To low ambition and the pride of kings.
Let us (since life can little more supply
Than just to look about us, and to die)
Expatiate free o'er all this scene of man;
A mighty maze! but not without a plan.”

Essay on Man. Epistle i. Line 1.

and I will show you in a very short time how to die. - SANDYS: Anglorum
Speculum, p. 903.

Teach him how to live,
And, oh still harder lesson! how to die.

Porteus: Death, line 316. He taught them how to live and how to die. - SOMERVILLE: In Memory of the Rev. Mr. Moore.

1 See Herbert, page 206.
2 See Milton, page 223.

There is no theme more plentiful to scan
Than is the glorious goodly frame of man.

Du Bartas: Days and Weeks, third day.

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