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Alike all ages. Dames of ancient days
The Traveller. Line 251.
Line 266 Embosom’d in the deep where Holland lies. Methinks her patient sons before me stand, Where the broad ocean leans against the land. Line 282. Pride in their port, defiance in their eye, I see the lords of humankind pass by.? The land of scholars and the nurse of arms. Line 356 For just experience tells, in every soil, That those that think must govern those that toil.
Line 372. Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law. Fore'd from their homes, a melancholy train, To traverse climes beyond the western main; Where wild Oswego spreads her swamps around, And Niagara stuns with thundering sound. Vain, very vain, my weary search to find That bliss which only centres in the mind. Luke's iron crown, and Damien's bed of steel.8 Sweet Auburn ! loveliest village of the plain.
The Deserted Village. Line 1. The hawthorn bush, with seats beneath the shade, For talking age and whispering lovers made.
1 The character of the French. 2 See Dryden, page 277. .When Daries asked for an explanation of "Luke's iron crown," Goldsmith referred him to a book called "Géographie Curieuse," and added that by “ Damien's bed of steel” he meant the rack. – GRANGER: Letters, (1805), p. 52.
The bashful virgin's sidelong looks of love.
The Deserted Village. Line 29.
1 See Pope, page 329.
C'est un verre qui luit, Qu'un souffle peut détruire, et qu'un souffle a produit (It is a shining glass, which a breath may destroy, and which a breath has produced). — De Caux (comparing the world to his hour-glass).
Truth from his lips prevail'd with double sway,
The Deserted Village. Line 179.
The whitewash'd wall, the nicely sanded floor,
1 See Dryden, page 269. 2. A cap by night, a stocking all the day – Goldsmith: A Description of an Author's Bed-Chamber.
The twelve good rules, the royal game of goose.
The Deserted Village. Line 232.
The Haunch of Venison.
The Captivity. Act i.
On hope the wretch relies;
Act ii. 1 The twelve good rules were ascribed to King Charles I.: 1. Urge no healths. 2. Profane no divine ordinances. 3. Touch no state matters. 4. Reveal no secrets. 5. Pick no quarrels. 6. Make no comparisons. 7. Maintain no ill opinions. 8. Keep no bad company. 9. Encourage no vice. 10. Make no long meals. 11. Repeat no grievances. 12. Lay ne wagers.
2 See Tom Brown, page 286.
4 The wretch condemn'd with life to part
Still, still on hope relies;
Hope, like the gleaming taper's light,
Adorns and cheers our way;1
The Captivity. Act ii.
Retaliation. Line 11. Who mix'd reason with pleasure, and wisdom with mirth: If he had any faults, he has left us in doubt. Who, born for the universe, narrow'd his mind, And to party gave up what was meant for mankind; Though fraught with all learning, yet straining his throat To persuade Tommy Townshend to lend him a vote. Who too deep for his hearers still went on refining, And thought of convincing while they thought of dining: Though equal to all things, for all things unfit; Too nice for a statesman, too proud for a wit. His conduct still right, with his argument wrong.
A flattering painter, who made it his care
Here lies David Garrick, describe me who can,
He cast off his friends as a huntsman his pack,