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When lovely woman stoops to folly,
And finds too late that men betray,
The Hermit. On Woman. Chap. rxit.
To hide her shame from every eye,
Ibid. To what fortuitous occurrence do we not owe every pleasure and convenience of our lives. Ibid. Chap. cri.
For he who fights and runs away
The Art of Poetry on a New Plan (1761). Vol. ii. p. 147. One writer, for instance, excels at a plan or a titlepage, another works away the body of the book, and a third is a dab at an index.2
The Bee. No. 1, Oct. 6, 1759. The true use of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them.3
No. iii. Oct. 20, 1759.
THOMAS WARTON. 1728-1790.
All human race, from China to Peru,"
Universal Love of Pleasure.
Written on a Blank Leaf of Dugdale's Monasticon.
1 See Butler, pages 215, 216.
2 There are two things which I am confident I can do very well: one is an introduction to any literary work, stating what it is to contain, and how it should be executed in the most perfect manner.
Boswell: Life of Johnson, An. 1775. 3 See Young, page 310. 4 See Johnson, page 365.
THOMAS PERCY. 1728-1811.
Every white will have its blacke,
Reliques of Ancient Poetry. Sir Cauline.
Guy of Gisborne.
Jeptha was judge of Israel?
And as by lott,
Jepthah, Judge of Israel.
A Robyn, Jolly Robyn.
A Song to the Lute in Musicke.
1 I saw the new moon late yestreen,
From Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border. 2 “As by lot, God wot;" and then you know, “ It came to pass, as most like it was." - SHAKESPEARE: Hamlet, act ii. sc. 2.
8 Hey, Robin, jolly Robin,
SHAKESPEARE: Twelfth Night, act iv. sc. 2. 4 When griping grief the heart doth wound,
And doleful dumps the mind oppress,
SHAKESPEARE: Romeo and Juliet, act iv. sc. 5.
The blinded boy that shootes so trim,
King Cophetua and the Beggar-maid.
From many another one ?
The Friar of Orders Gray.
Lady, he's dead and gone!
Men were deceivers ever;
Thy sorrowe is in vaine ;
1 Young Adam Cupid, he that shot so trim,
SHAKESPEARE: Romeo and Juliet, act ii. sc. 1. 2 Shakespeare, who alludes to this ballad in “Love's Labour's Lost," act iv. sc. 1, gives the beggar's name Zenelophon. The story of the king and the beggar is also alluded to in “ King Richard II.,” act v. sc. 3.
3 Quoted in “Hamlet." act iv. sc. 3.
He that will not when he may,
CERVANTES : Don Quixote, part i. book iii. chap. iv.
We'll shine in more substantial honours,
And to be noble we'll be good." Winifreda (1720).
Shall think to rob us of our joys,
His breeches cost him but a croune;
Therefore he call'd the taylor loune.
And those but of a low degree;
Take thy old Cloak about Thee.
Oh willow, willow, willow !
Willow, willow, willow.
Sir Launcelot du Lake.
Shall I bid her goe and spare not ?
Corydon's Farewell to Phillis. 1 See Chapman, page 37.
Nobilitas sola est atque unica virtus (Nobility is the one only virtue). — JUVENAL: Satire riii, line 20.
2 The first stanza is quoted in full, and the last line of the second, by Shakespeare in “ Othello," act ii. sc. 3.
8 The poor soul sat sighing by a sycamore tree,
Sing all a green willow;
Othello, act iv. sc. 3. 4 Quoted by Shakespeare in Second Part of “Henry IV.," act ii. sc. 4. 6 Quoted by Shakespeare in “ Twelfth Night,” act ii. sc. 3.
But in vayne shee did conjure him
To depart her presence soe;
And but one to bid him goe.
EDMUND BURKE. 1729-1797. The writers against religion, whilst they oppose every system, are wisely careful never to set up any of their
A Vindication of Natural Society.1 Preface, vol. i. p. 7. “ War," says Machiavel, “ought to be the only study of a prince; ” and by a prince he means every sort of state, however constituted. “He ought,” says this great political doctor, " to consider peace only as a breathingtime, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes ability to execute military plans.” A meditation on the conduct of political societies made old Hobbes imagine that war was the state of nature.
A Vindication of Natural Society. Vol. i. p. 15. I am convinced that we have a degree of delight, and that no small one, in the real misfortunes and pains of others. 2
On the Sublime and Beautiful. Sect. xiv. vol. i. p. 118. Custom reconciles us to everything.
Sect. xviii. vol. i. p. 231. There is, however, a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue.
Observations on a Late Publication on the Present State of the
Nation, Vol. i. p. 273. The wisdom of our ancestors.8
Ibid. p. 516. Also in the Discussion on the Traitorous
Correspondence Bill, 1793.
1 Boston edition. 1865-1867.
2 In the adversity of our best friends we always find something which is not wbolly displeasing to us. — ROCHEFOUCAULD: Reflections, xv.
3 Lord Brougham says of Bacon, "He it was who first employed the wellknown phrase of 'the wisdom of our ancestors,''
SYDNEY SMITHI: Plymley's Letters, letter v. Lord Eldon: On Sir Samuel Romilly's Bill, 1815. Cicero: De Legibus, ii. 2, 3.