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Ask where's the North ? At York 't is on the Tweed;
Essay on Man. Epistle ii. Line 222.
Epistle iii. Line 45. Learn of the little nautilus to sail, Spread the thin oar, and catch the driving gale. Line 177. The enormous faith of many made for one. Line 242. For forms of government let fools contest; Whate'er is best administer'd is best. For modes of faith let graceless zealots fight; His can't be wrong whose life is in the right.? In faith and hope the world will disagree, But all mankind's concern is charity.
Line 303 O happiness ! our being's end and aim ! Good, pleasure, ease, content! whate'er thy name : That something still which prompts the eternal sigh, For which we bear to live, or dare to die. Epistle ir. Line 1.
1 Why may not a goose say thus ? ... there is nothing that yon hear. enly roof looks upon so favourably as me; I am the darling of Nature. Is it not man that keeps and serves me ? - MontaigXE: Apology for Raimond Lebond.
2 See Cowley, page 260.
Order is Heaven's first law. Essay on Man. Epistle iv. Line 49.
Line 203. What can ennoble sots or slaves or cowards ? Alas! not all the blood of all the Howards. Line 215. A wit's a feather, and a chief a rod; An honest man 's the noblest work of God." Line 247. Plays round the head, but comes not to the heart. One self-approving hour whole years outweighs Of stupid starers and of loud huzzas; And more true joy Marcellus exil'd feels Than Cæsar with a senate at his heels. In parts superior what advantage lies ? Tell (for you can) what is it to be wise ? 'Tis but to know how little can be known; To see all others' faults, and feel our own. Line 254. Truths would you teach, or save a sinking land ? All fear, none aid you, and few understand. Line 261 If parts allure thee, think how Bacon shin'd, The wisest, brightest, meanest of mankind ! Or ravish'd with the whistling of a name, See Cromwell, damn'd to everlasting fame! Line 281. Know then this truth (enough for man to know), “ Virtue alone is happiness below.”
i See Fletcher, page 183.
8 May see thee now, though late, redeem thy name,
SAVAGE : Character of Foster.
Never elated when one man 's oppress'd ;
Essay on Man. Epistle iv. Line 323.
Moral Essays. Epistle i. Line 11. Like following life through creatures you dissect, You lose it in the moment you detect.
Line 20. In vain sedate reflections we would make When half our knowledge we must snatch, not take.
Line 39. Not always actions show the man; we find Who does a kindness is not therefore kind. Line 109. Who combats bravely is not therefore brave, He dreads a death-bed like the meanest slave: Who reasons wisely is not therefore wise, His pride in reasoning, not in acting lies.
Line 115. 'T is from high life high characters are drawn; A saint in crape is twice a saint in lawn.
Line 135. 'Tis education forms the common mind : Just as the twig is bent the tree's inclined. Line 149.
1 See Bolingbroke, page 304. 2 See Dryden, page 273.
8 'Tis virtue makes the bliss where'er we dwell. – COLLINS : Oriental Eclogues, i. line 5.
Manners with fortunes, humours turn with climes,
Moral Essays. Epistle i. Line 172. “ Odious ! in woollen ! 't would a saint provoke,” Were the last words that poor Narcissa spoke. Line 246. And you,
brave Cobham ! to the latest breath Shall feel your ruling passion strong in death. Line 262. Whether the charmer sinner it or saint it, If folly grow romantic, I must paint it. Epistle ii. Line 15. Choose a firm cloud before it fall, and in it Catch, ere she change, the Cynthia of this minute.
Line 19. Fine by defect, and delicately weak.”
Line 43. With too much quickness ever to be taught; With too much thinking to have common thought.
Line 97. Atossa, cursed with every granted prayer, Childless with all her children, wants an heir; To heirs unknown descends the unguarded store, Or wanders heaven-directed to the poor.
Line 147. Virtue she finds too painful an endeavour, Content to dwell in decencies forever.
Line 163. Men, some to business, some to pleasure take; But every woman is at heart a rake.
Line 215. See how the world its veterans rewards ! A youth of frolics, an old age of cards.
Line 243. Oh, blest with temper whose unclouded ray Can make to-morrow cheerful as to-day!
Line 257. Most women have no characters at all.
Line 2. She who ne'er answers till a husband cools, Or if she rules him, never shows she rules. Line 261.
i Omnia mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis (All things change, and we change with them). -- Matthias BORBONIUS : Deliciæ Poetarum Germamorum, i. 685. 2 See Prior, page 287.
And mistress of herself though china fall.
Moral Essays. Epistle ii. Line 268. Woman 's at best a contradiction still.
Line 270. Who shall decide when doctors disagree, And soundest casuists doubt, like you and me ?
Epistle iii. Line 1. Blest paper-credit ! last and best supply! That lends corruption lighter wings to fly.
Line 39. P. What riches give us let us then inquire : Meat, fire, and clothes. B. What more? P. Meat, fine clothes, and fire.
Line 79. But thousands die without or this or that, Die, and endow a college or a cat.
Line 95. The ruling passion, be it what it will, The ruling passion conquers reason still.
Line 153. Extremes in Nature equal good produce ; Extremes in man concur to general use.
Line 161. Rise, honest muse! and sing The Man of Ross. Line 250. Ye little stars ! hide your diminish'd rays." Line 282. Who builds a church to God and not to fame, Will never mark the marble with his name. Line 285. In the worst inn's worst room, with mat half hung.
Line 299. Where London's column, pointing at the skies, Like a tall bully, lifts the head and lies.
Line 339. Good sense, which only is the gift of Heaven, And though no science, fairly worth the seven.
Epistle iv. Line 43. To rest, the cushion and soft dean invite, Who never mentions hell to ears polite.?
1 See Milton, page 231.