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Essay on Poetry
THOMAS OTWAY. 1651-1685.
O woman ! lovely woman! Nature made thee
Venice Preserved. Act i. Sc. 1
Act c. 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.
Act ir. 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, book xi. line 531 • Let us swear an eternal friendship. — FRERE : The Rovers, act s. sc h.
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 Rothes, etc.
NATHANIEL LEE. 1655-1692.
Then he will talk - good gods! how he will talk !?
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. When Greeks joined Greeks, then was the tug of war. 'T is beauty calls, and glory shows the way.' Man, false man, smiling, destructive man!
Theodosius. Act iii. Sc. 2.
Act iv. 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. ? “ 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 to “Judas Maccabæus." The text of both oratorios was written by Dr. Thomas Morell, a clergyman. * Like those of angels, short and far between. – Blair : The Grave,
Like ange Hope, part ii.
1 visits, few and far between.
- CAMPBELL : Pleasures of 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 ii. Sc. 1. Of the king's creation you may be ; but he who makes a count ne'er made
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 Britannicah 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 ;
Burys : 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.) 6 See Middleton, page 172.
6 See Venning, page 262.
So great was the extremity of his pain and anguish that he did not only sigh but roar. Commentaries. Jub iii. To their own second thoughts.
ri. He rolls it under his tongue as a sweet morsel.
Psalm xxxri. Our creature comforts.
xxxrii. None so deaf as those that will not hear.'
lviii. They that die by famine die by inches.
lix. To fish in troubled waters.
Here is bread, which strengthens man's heart, and therefore called the staff of life."
cir. Hearkners, we say, seldom hear good of themselves.
Ecclesiastes vii. It was a common saying among the Puritans, “Brown bread and the Gospel is good fare."
Isaiah xx. Blushing is the colour of virtue.5
Jeremiah iii. It is common for those that are farthest from God, to boast themselves most of their being near to the Church.6
SO blind as those that will not see.? Not lost, but gone before.8
Matthew ii. 1 Natu Je says best ; and she says, Roar !- EDGEWORTH; Ormonde chap. t.
(King Corny in a paroxysm of gout.) ? I consider biennial elections as a security that the sober second thought of the people shall be law.- FISHER AMES : On Biennial Elections, 1788. 8 See Heywood, page 19. 4 Bread is the staff of life. – Swift : Tale of a Tub.
Come, which is the staffe of life. - WINSLOW : Good Newes from New England, p. 47. (London, 1624.)
The stay and the staff, the whole staff of bread. Isaiah ii, 1. 6 Diogenes once saw a youth blushing, and said: “Courage, my boy? that is the complexion of virtue.” - DIOGENES LAERTIUS : Diogenes, vi. 6 See Hey wood, page 12.
? There is none so blind as they that won't see. SWIFT : Polite Cor. rerentim, dialogue iii.
from Seneca, Epistola l.viii. 16.
& Literally Not dead
It is good news, worthy of all acceptation; and yet not too good to be true.
Timothy i. It is not fit the public trusts should be lodged in the hands of any, till they are first proved and found fit for the business they are to be entrusted with.”
RICHARD BENTLEY. 1662-1742.
It is a maxim with me that no man was ever written out of reputation but by himself.
Monk's Life of Bentley. Page 90. “Whatever is, is not,” is the maxim of the anarchist, as often as anything comes across him in the shape of a law which he happens not to like." Declaration of Rights.
The fortuitous or casual concourse of atoms.4
Sermons, rii. Works, Vol. iii. p. 147 (1692).
1 See Heywood page 13.
2 See Appendix, page 859. 8 See Dryden, page 276.
4 That fortuitous concourse of atoms. – Review of Sir Robert Peel's Address. Quarterly Review, vol. liii. p. 270 (1835).
In this article a party was described as a fortuitous concourse of atoms, - a phrase supposed to have been used for the first time many years afterwards by Lord John Russell. - Croker Papers, vol. ii. p. 54.