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ROSCOMMON. – KEN. — POWELL. — NEWTON.
EARL OF ROSCOMMON.
Remember Milo's end, Wedged in that timber which he strove to rend.
Essay on Translated Verse. Line 87. And choose an author as you choose a friend. Line 96. Immodest words admit of no defence, For want of decency is want of sense.
Line 113. The multitude is always in the wrong.
Line 184. My God, my Father, and my Friend, Do not forsake me at my
Translation of Dies Iræ.
THOMAS KEN. 1637-1711.
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow!
Morning and Evening Hymn.
SIR JOHN POWELL,
Let us consider the reason of the case. For nothing is law that is not reason."
Coggs vs. Bernard, 2 Lord Raymond, 911.
ISAAC NEWTON. 1642-1727.
I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.?
Brewster's Memoirs of Newton. Vol. ii. Chap. xxvii.
1 See Coke, page 24.
2 See Milton, page 241.
EARL OF ROCHESTER. 1647-1680.
Angels listen when she speaks :
She's my delight, all mankind's wonder;
Whose word no man relies on;
Written on the Bedchamber Door of Charles II. And ever since the Conquest have been fools.
Artemisia in the Town to Chloe in the Country. For pointed satire I would Buckhurst choose, The best good man with the worst-natured muse.
An allusion to Horace, Satire x. Book i. A merry monarch, scandalous and poor. On the King. It is a very good world to live in, To lend, or to spend, or to give in; But to beg or to borrow, or to get a man's own, It is the very worst world that ever was known.”
SHEFFIELD, DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM
Of all those arts in which the wise excel,
Essay on Poetry.
1 Thou best-humour'd man with the worst-humour'd muse! — GoldSMITH : Retaliation. Postscript.
2 These last four lines are attributed to Rochester, 3 See Suckling, page 257.
Read Homer once, and you can read no more ;
Essay on Poetry.
O woman ! lovely woman! Nature made thee
Venice Preserved. Act i. Sc. 1.
Act v. Sc. 1. And die with decency.
Sc. 3. What mighty ills have not been done by woman ! Who was ’t betrayed the Capitol ? — A woman ! Who lost Mark Antony the world ? A woman ! Who was the cause of a long ten years' war, And laid at last old Troy in ashes ? Woman! Destructive, damnable, deceitful woman!
The Orphan. Act iii. Sc. 1. Let us embrace, and from this very moment vow an eternal misery together.3
Act iv. Sc. 2.
1 See Shakespeare, page 112.
Dear as the light that visits these sad eyes ;
GRAY : The Burd, part i. stanza 3.
Pope : Homer's Odyssey, buok vi. line 531. 8 Let us swear an eternal friendship. — FRERE: The Rovers, acl i. sc 1.
ANDREW FLETCHER OF SALTOUN. 1653-1716.
I knew a very wise man that believed that if a man were permitted to make all the ballads, he need not care who should make the laws of a nation.
Letter to the Marquis of Montrose, the Earl of R thes, etc.
NATHANIEL LEE. 1655–1692.
Then he will talk — good gods ! how he will talk !1
Alexander the Great Act i. Sc. 3. Vows with so much passion, swears with so much grace, That 't is a kind of heaven to be deluded by him. Ibid. When Greeks joined Greeks, then was the tug of war.
Act iv. Sc. 2. 'Tis beauty calls, and glory shows the way.”
Ibid. Man, false man, smiling, destructive man!
Theodosius. Act ii. Sc. 2.
JOHN NORRIS. 1657-1711.
How fading are the joys we dote upon !
But those which soonest take their flight
Like angels' visits, short and bright;8
The Parting. 1 See Beaumont and Fletcher, page 197.
2 " Leads the way" in the stage editions, which contain various interpolations, among them
See the conquering hero comes !
Sound the trumpet, beat the drums! which was first used by Handel in “ Joshua," and afterwards transferred
“Judas Maccabæus." The text of both oratorios was written by Dr. Thomas Morell, a clergyman.
8 Like those of angels, short and far between. BLAIR : The Grave, line 588.
Like angel visits, few and far between. – CAMPBELL: Pleasures of Hope, part ii. line 378.
JOHN DENNIS. 1657-1734. A man who could make so vile a pun would not scruple to pick a pocket. The Gentleman's Magazine. Vol. li. Page 324.
They will not let my play run; and yet they steal my thunder.
THOMAS SOUTHERNE. 1660-1746. Pity 's akin to love.
Oroonoka. Act i. Sc. 1. Of the king's creation you may be ; but he who makes a count ne'er made a man.3
Sir Anthony Love. Act ü. Sc. 1.
MATHEW HENRY.4 1662-1714.
The better day, the worse deed.” Commentaries. Genesis iii.
Many a dangerous temptation comes to us in fine gay colours that are but skin-deep.
1 Our author, for the advantage of this play (" Appius and Virginia ''), had invented a new species of thunder, which was approved of by the actors, and is the very sort that at present is used in the theatre. The tragedy however was coldly received, notwithstanding such assistance, and was acted but a short time. Some nights after, Mr. Dennis, being in the pit at the representation of “Macbeth,” heard his own thunder made use of; upon which he rose in a violent passion, and exclaimed, with an oath, that it was his thunder. “See," said he,“ how the rascals use me! They will not let my play run, and yet they steal my thunder !” – Biographia Britannica, vol. v. p. 103.
2 See Beaumont and Fletcher, page 198.
8 I weigh the man, not his title; 't is not the king's stamp can make the metal better. – WYCHERLEY: The Plaindealer, act i. sc. 1.
A prince can make a belted knight,
A marquis, duke, and a' that ;
BURNS: For a' that and a' that. 4 Mathew Henry says of his father, Rev. Philip Henry (1631-1691): " He would say sometimes, when he was in the midst of the comforts of this life, • All this, and heaven too!'".
" – Life of Rev. Philip Henry, p. 70. (London, 1830.) 5 See Middleton, page 172.
6 See Venning, page 262.