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That we, lest they their rights should lose,
Should trust our necks to gripe of noose ?

M°Fingal. Canto ü. Line 121
No man e'er felt the halter draw,
With good opinion of the law.

Canto iii. Line 489.

KICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN. 1751-1816.

Sc. 3.

Illiterate him, I say, quite from your memory.

The Rivals. Act i. Sc. 2. 'T is safest in matrimony to begin with a little aversion.

Ibid. A progeny of learning.

Toid. A circulating library in a town is as an evergreen tree of diabolical knowledge.

Act iii. Sc. 1. He is the very pine-apple of politeness !

If I reprehend anything in this world, it is the use of my oracular tongue, and a nice derangement of epitaphs !

Ibid. As headstrong as an allegory on the banks of the Nile.

Ibic. Too civil by half.

Our ancestors are very good kind of folks; but they are the last people I should choose to have a visiting acquaintance with.

No caparisons, miss, if you please. Caparisons don't become a young woman.

We will not anticipate the past; so mind, young people, our retrospection will be all to the future.

Sc. 4.

Act it. Sc. 1.

Sc. 2.

Ibid.

You are not like Cerberus, three gentlemen at once, are you?

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The quarrel is a very pretty quarrel as it stands; we should only spoil it by trying to explain it.

The Rivals. Act iv. Sc. 3. You’re our enemy; lead the way, and we'll precede.

Act v. Sc. 1. There's nothing like being used to a thing."

As there are three of us come on purpose for the game, you won't be so cantankerous as to spoil the party by sitting out.

Ibid. My valour is certainly going ! it is sneaking off! I feel it oozing out, as it were, at the palm of my hands !

Sc. 3.

Ibid.

Ibid.

The Critic. Act i. Sc. 1.

Sc. 2.

Ibid.

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I own the soft impeachment.

best Steal! to be sure they may; and, egad, serve your thoughts as gypsies doʻstolen children, - disfigure them to make 'em pass for their own.”

The newspapers ! Sir, they are the most villanous, licentious, abominable, infernal – Not that I ever read them! No, I make it a rule never to look into a newspaper.

Egad, I think the interpreter is the hardest to be understood of the two!

Sheer necessity, - the proper parent of an art so nearly allied to invention.

No scandal about Queen Elizabeth, I hope ? Act ri. Sc. 1. Certainly nothing is unnatural that is not physically impossible.

Where they do agree on the stage, their unanimity is wonderful. Inconsolable to the minuet in Ariadne.

The Spanish fleet thou canst not see, because — it is not yet in sight!

1. 'I is nothing when you are used to it. —SWIFT: Polite Conversation, ii.

Ibid.

Ibid.

Sc. 2.

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Ibid.

2 See Churchill, page 413.

An oyster may be crossed in love.

The Critic. Act it. Sc. 2.

You shall see them on a beautiful quarto page,

where a neat rivulet of text shall meander through a meadow of margin.

School for Scandal. Act i. Sc. 1. Here is the whole set! a character dead at every word.

Act ü. Sc. 2. I leave my character behind me.

Ibid.
Here's to the maiden of bashful fifteen;

Here's to the widow of fifty;
Here's to the flaunting, extravagant quean,
And here's to the housewife that's thrifty !

Let the toast pass ;

Drink to the lass;
I'll warrant she 'll prove an excuse for the glass.

Act in. Sc. 3.

An unforgiving eye, and a damned disinheriting coun. tenance.

Act v. Sc. 1. It was an amiable weakness."

Ibid.

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I ne'er could any lustre see
In

eyes that would not look on me;
I ne'er saw nectar on a lip
But where my own did hope to sip.

The Duenna. Act i. Sc. 2.
Had I a heart for falsehood framed,
I ne'er could injure you.

Sc. 5. Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics.

While his off-heel, insidiously aside,
Provokes the caper which he seems to chide.

Pizarro. The Prologue.
Such protection as vultures give to lambs.

Act ü. Sc. 4.

Act i. Sc. 2.

I See Fielding, page 364.

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SHERIDAN. - FRENEAU. – CRABBE.

443

A life spent worthily should be measured by a nobler line, - by deeds, not years.?

Pizarro. Act iv. Sc. 1. The Right Honorable gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests, and to his imagination for his

Speech in Reply to Mr. Dundas. Sheridaniana. You write with ease to show

your

breeding, But easy writing's curst hard reading.

Clio's Protest. Life of Sheridan (Moore). Vol. i. p. 155.

facts.

2

PHILIP FRENEAU. 1752-1832. The hunter and the deer a shade.3 The Indian Burying-Ground. Then rushed to meet the insulting foe; They took the spear, but left the shield.*

To the Memory of the Americans who fell at Eutaw,

GEORGE CRABBE. 1754–1832.
Oh, rather give me commentators plain,
Who with no deep researches vex the brain ;
Who from the dark and doubtful love to run,
And hold their glimmering tapers to the sun.

The Parish Register. Part i. Introduction.
He who grown aged in this world of woe,
In deeds, not years, piercing the depths of life,
So that no wonder waits him.

BYRON : Childe Harold, canto iii. stanza 5. We live in deeds, not years ; in thoughts, not breaths. - BAILEY:

Who well lives, long lives; for this age of ours
Should not be numbered by years, daies, and hours.

Du BARTAS: Days and Weekes. Fourth Day. Book ii. 2. On peut dire que son esprit brille aux dépens de sa mémoire (One may way that his wit shines by the help of his memory). — Le Sage: Gil Blas,

appropriated by Campbell in “O'Connor's Child.”
4 When Prussia hurried to the field,
And snatched the spear, but left the shield.

Scott : Marmion, Introduction to canto iii.

Festus. A Country Town.

livre üii. chap. xi.

8 This line was

6 See Young, page 311.

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CRABBE.

Her air, her manners, all who saw admir'd;
Courteous though coy, and gentle though retird;
The joy of youth and health her eyes display'd,
And ease of heart her every look convey'd.

The Parish Register. Part ii. Marriages,

In this fool's paradise he drank delight.

The Borough. Letter vii. Players.
Books cannot always please, however good;
Minds are not ever craving for their food.

Letter z.cit. Schools.

In idle wishes fools supinely stay;
Be there a will, and wisdom finds a way.

The Birth of Flattery.

Cut and come again.

Tales. Tale vii. The Widow's Tale.

Better to love amiss than nothing to have loved.?

Tale xiv. The Struggles of Conscience.

But ’t was a maxim he had often tried,
That right was right, and there he would abide.

The Squire and the Priest.

Tale xv.

’T was good advice, and meant, my son, Be good.

Tale xxi. The Learned Boy.

He tried the luxury of doing good.

Tales of the Hall. Book iii. Boys at School.

To sigh, yet not recede; to grieve, yet not repent. Ibid.

6

And took for truth the test of ridicule.

Book viii. The Sisters.

1 See Appendix, page 858.

2 'T is better to have loved and lost,
Than never to have loved at all.

TENNYSON : In Memoriam, zzvi.
3 For right is right, since God is God. – Faber: The Right must win.
4 See Goldsmith, page 394.
6 To sigh, yet feel no pain. — MOORE: The Blue Stocking.
6 See Appendix, page 394.

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