Familiar Quotations
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Table Talk. Equity.

Old friends are best. King James used to call for his old shoes; they were easiest for his feet.[195-1]

Table Talk. Friends.

Humility is a virtue all preach, none practise; and yet everybody is content to hear.

Table Talk. Humility.

'T is not the drinking that is to be blamed, but the excess.

Table Talk. Humility.

Commonly we say a judgment falls upon a man for something in him we cannot abide.

Table Talk. Judgments.

Ignorance of the law excuses no man; not that all men know the law, but because 't is an excuse every man will plead, and no man can tell how to refute him.

Table Talk. Law.

No man is the wiser for his learning.

Table Talk. Learning.

Wit and wisdom are born with a man.

Table Talk. Learning.

Few men make themselves masters of the things they write or speak.

Table Talk. Learning.

Take a straw and throw it up into the air,—you may see by that which way the wind is.

Table Talk. Libels.

Philosophy is nothing but discretion.

Table Talk. Philosophy.

Marriage is a desperate thing.

Table Talk. Marriage.

Thou little thinkest what a little foolery governs the world.[195-2]

Table Talk. Pope.

They that govern the most make the least noise.

Table Talk. Power.

Syllables govern the world.

Table Talk. Power.

Never king dropped out of the clouds.

Table Talk. Power.

Never tell your resolution beforehand.

Table Talk. Wisdom.

Wise men say nothing in dangerous times.

Table Talk. Wisdom.


[195-1] See Bacon, page 171.

[195-2] Behold, my son, with how little wisdom the world is governed.—OXENSTIERN (1583-1654).


God never had a church but there, men say, The Devil a chapel hath raised by some wyles.[196-1] I doubted of this saw, till on a day I westward spied great Edinburgh's Saint Gyles.

Posthumous Poems.


[196-1] See Burton, page 192.


What things have we seen Done at the Mermaid! heard words that have been So nimble and so full of subtile flame As if that every one from whence they came Had meant to put his whole wit in a jest, And resolved to live a fool the rest Of his dull life.

Letter to Ben Jonson.

Here are sands, ignoble things, Dropt from the ruined sides of kings.

On the Tombs of Westminster Abbey.

It is always good When a man has two irons in the fire.

The Faithful Friends. Act i. Sc. 2.



All your better deeds Shall be in water writ, but this in marble.[197-1]

Philaster. Act v. Sc. 3.

Upon my burned body lie lightly, gentle earth.

The Maid's Tragedy. Act i. Sc. 2.

A soul as white as heaven.

The Maid's Tragedy. Act iv. Sc. 1.

But they that are above Have ends in everything.[197-2]

The Maid's Tragedy. Act v. Sc. 1.

It shew'd discretion, the best part of valour.[197-3]

A King and No King. Act iv. Sc. 3.

There is a method in man's wickedness,— It grows up by degrees.[197-4]

A King and No King. Act v. Sc. 4.

As cold as cucumbers.

Cupid's Revenge. Act i. Sc. 1.

Calamity is man's true touchstone.[197-5]

Four Plays in One: The Triumph of Honour. Sc. 1.

Kiss till the cow comes home.

Scornful Lady. Act iii. Sc. 1.

It would talk,— Lord! how it talked![197-6]

Scornful Lady. Act v. Sc. 1.

Beggars must be no choosers.[197-7]

Scornful Lady. Act v. Sc. 3.

No better than you should be.[197-8]

The Coxcomb. Act iv. Sc. 3.

From the crown of the head to the sole of the foot.[198-1]

The Honest Man's Fortune. Act ii. Sc. 2.

One foot in the grave.[198-2]

The Little French Lawyer. Act i. Sc. 1.

Go to grass.

The Little French Lawyer. Act iv. Sc. 7.

There is no jesting with edge tools.[198-3]

The Little French Lawyer. Act iv. Sc. 7.

Though I say it that should not say it.

Wit at Several Weapons. Act ii. Sc. 2.

I name no parties.[198-4]

Wit at Several Weapons. Act ii. Sc. 3.

Whistle, and she'll come to you.[198-5]

Wit Without Money. Act iv. Sc. 4.

Let the world slide.[198-6]

Wit Without Money. Act v. Sc. 2.

The fit 's upon me now! Come quickly, gentle lady; The fit 's upon me now.

Wit Without Money. Act v. Sc. 4.

He comes not in my books.[198-7]

The Widow. Act i. Sc. 1.

Death hath so many doors to let out life.[198-8]

The Customs of the Country. Act ii. Sc. 2.

Of all the paths [that] lead to a woman's love Pity 's the straightest.[198-9]

The Knight of Malta. Act i. Sc. 1.

Nothing can cover his high fame but heaven; No pyramids set off his memories, But the eternal substance of his greatness,— To which I leave him.

The False One. Act ii. Sc. 1.

Thou wilt scarce be a man before thy mother.[199-1]

Love's Cure. Act ii. Sc. 2.

What 's one man's poison, signor, Is another's meat or drink.[199-2]

Love's Cure. Act iii. Sc. 2.

Primrose, first-born child of Ver, Merry springtime's harbinger.

The Two Noble Kinsmen. Act i. Sc. 1.

O great corrector of enormous times, Shaker of o'er-rank states, thou grand decider Of dusty and old titles, that healest with blood The earth when it is sick, and curest the world O' the pleurisy of people!

The Two Noble Kinsmen. Act v. Sc. 1.


[197-1] See Shakespeare, page 100.

[197-2] See Shakespeare, page 145.

[197-3] See Shakespeare, page 87.

[197-4] Nemo repente fuit turpissimus (No man ever became extremely wicked all at once).—JUVENAL: ii. 83.

Ainsi que la vertu, le crime a ses degres (As virtue has its degrees, so has vice).—RACINE: Phedre, act iv. sc. 2.

[197-5] Ignis aurum probat, miseria fortes viros (Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men).—SENECA: De Providentia, v. 9.

[197-6] Then he will talk—good gods! how he will talk!—LEE: Alexander the Great, act i. sc. 3.

[197-7] See Heywood, page 14.

[197-8] She is no better than she should be.—FIELDING: The Temple Beau, act iv. sc. 3.

[198-1] See Shakespeare, page 51.

[198-2] An old doting fool, with one foot already in the grave.—PLUTARCH: On the Training of Children.

[198-3] It is no jesting with edge tools.—The True Tragedy of Richard III. (1594.)

[198-4] The use of "party" in the sense of "person" occurs in the Book of Common Prayer, More's "Utopia," Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Fuller, and other old English writers.

[198-5] Whistle, and I'll come to ye.—BURNS: Whistle, etc.

[198-6] See Shakespeare, page 72.

[198-7] See Shakespeare, page 50.

[198-8] See Webster, page 180.

[198-9] Pity 's akin to love.—SOUTHERNE: Oroonoka, act ii. sc. 1.

Pity swells the tide of love.—YOUNG: Night Thoughts, night iii. line 107.

[199-1] But strive still to be a man before your mother.—COWPER: Connoisseur. Motto of No. iii.

[199-2] Quod ali cibus est aliis fuat acre venenum (What is food to one may be fierce poison to others).—LUCRETIUS: iv. 637.

GEORGE WITHER. 1588-1667.

Shall I, wasting in despair, Die because a woman's fair? Or make pale my cheeks with care, 'Cause another's rosy are? Be she fairer than the day, Or the flowery meads in May, If she be not so to me, What care I how fair she be?[199-3]

The Shepherd's Resolution.

Jack shall pipe and Gill shall dance.

Poem on Christmas.

Hang sorrow! care will kill a cat,[199-4] And therefore let 's be merry.

Poem on Christmas.

Though I am young, I scorn to flit On the wings of borrowed wit.

The Shepherd's Hunting.

And I oft have heard defended,— Little said is soonest mended.

The Shepherd's Hunting.

And he that gives us in these days New Lords may give us new laws.

Contented Man's Morrice.


[199-3] See Raleigh, page 26.

[199-4] See Jonson, page 177.

THOMAS HOBBES. 1588-1679.

For words are wise men's counters,—they do but reckon by them; but they are the money of fools.

The Leviathan. Part i. Chap. iv.

No arts, no letters, no society, and which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death, and the life of man solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.

The Leviathan. Part i. Chap. xviii.

THOMAS CAREW. 1589-1639.

He that loves a rosy cheek, Or a coral lip admires, Or from star-like eyes doth seek Fuel to maintain his fires,— As old Time makes these decay, So his flames must waste away.

Disdain Returned.

Then fly betimes, for only they Conquer Love that run away.

Conquest by Flight.

An untimely grave.[200-1]

On the Duke of Buckingham.

The magic of a face.

Epitaph on the Lady S——.


[200-1] An untimely grave.—TATE AND BRADY: Psalm vii.

WILLIAM BROWNE. 1590-1645.

Whose life is a bubble, and in length a span.[201-1]

Britannia's Pastorals. Book i. Song 2.

Did therewith bury in oblivion.

Britannia's Pastorals. Book ii. Song 2.

Well-languaged Daniel.

Britannia's Pastorals. Book ii. Song 2.


[201-1] See Bacon, page 170.

ROBERT HERRICK. 1591-1674.

Cherry ripe, ripe, ripe, I cry, Full and fair ones,—come and buy! If so be you ask me where They do grow, I answer, there, Where my Julia's lips do smile,— There 's the land, or cherry-isle.

Cherry Ripe.

Some asked me where the rubies grew, And nothing I did say; But with my finger pointed to The lips of Julia.

The Rock of Rubies, and the Quarrie of Pearls.

Some asked how pearls did grow, and where? Then spoke I to my girl To part her lips, and showed them there The quarelets of pearl.

The Rock of Rubies, and the Quarrie of Pearls.

A sweet disorder in the dress Kindles in clothes a wantonness.

Delight in Disorder.

A winning wave, deserving note, In the tempestuous petticoat; A careless shoe-string, in whose tie I see a wild civility,— Do more bewitch me than when art Is too precise in every part.

Delight in Disorder.

You say to me-wards your affection 's strong; Pray love me little, so you love me long.[202-1]

Love me Little, Love me Long.

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying, And this same flower that smiles to-day To-morrow will be dying.[202-2]

To the Virgins to make much of Time.

Fall on me like a silent dew, Or like those maiden showers Which, by the peep of day, do strew A baptism o'er the flowers.

To Music, to becalm his Fever.

Fair daffadills, we weep to see You haste away so soon: As yet the early rising sun Has not attained his noon.

To Daffadills.

Thus woe succeeds a woe, as wave a wave.[202-3]

Sorrows Succeed.

Her pretty feet, like snails, did creep A little out, and then,[202-4] As if they played at bo-peep, Did soon draw in again.

To Mistress Susanna Southwell.

Her eyes the glow-worm lend thee, The shooting-stars attend thee; And the elves also, Whose little eyes glow Like the sparks of fire, befriend thee.

The Night Piece to Julia.

I saw a flie within a beade Of amber cleanly buried.[203-1]

The Amber Bead.

Thus times do shift,—each thing his turn does hold; New things succeed, as former things grow old.

Ceremonies for Candlemas Eve.

Out-did the meat, out-did the frolick wine.

Ode for Ben Jonson.

Attempt the end, and never stand to doubt; Nothing 's so hard but search will find it out.[203-2]

Seek and Find.

But ne'er the rose without the thorn.[203-3]

The Rose.


[202-1] See Marlowe, page 41.

[202-2] Let us crown ourselves with rose-buds, before they be withered.—Wisdom of Solomon, ii. 8.

Gather the rose of love whilest yet is time.—SPENSER: The Faerie Queene, book ii. canto xii. stanza 75.

[202-3] See Shakespeare, page 143.

[202-4] Her feet beneath her petticoat Like little mice stole in and out.

SUCKLING: Ballad upon a Wedding.

[203-1] See Bacon, page 168.

[203-2] Nil tam difficilest quin quaerendo investigari possiet (Nothing is so difficult but that it may be found out by seeking).—TERENCE: Heautontimoroumenos, iv. 2, 8.

[203-3] Flowers of all hue, and without thorn the rose.—MILTON: Paradise Lost, book iv. line 256.


Death aims with fouler spite At fairer marks.[203-4]

Divine Poems (ed. 1669).

Sweet Phosphor, bring the day Whose conquering ray May chase these fogs; Sweet Phosphor, bring the day!

Sweet Phosphor, bring the day! Light will repay The wrongs of night; Sweet Phosphor, bring the day!

Emblems. Book i. Emblem 14.

Be wisely worldly, be not worldly wise.

Emblems. Book ii. Emblem 2.

This house is to be let for life or years; Her rent is sorrow, and her income tears. Cupid, 't has long stood void; her bills make known, She must be dearly let, or let alone.

Emblems. Book ii. Emblem 10, Ep. 10.

The slender debt to Nature 's quickly paid,[204-1] Discharged, perchance, with greater ease than made.

Emblems. Book ii. Emblem 13.

The next way home 's the farthest way about.[204-2]

Emblems. Book iv. Emblem 2, Ep. 2.

It is the lot of man but once to die.

Emblems. Book v. Emblem 7.


[203-4] Death loves a shining mark, a signal blow.—YOUNG: Night Thoughts, night v. line 1011.

[204-1] To die is a debt we must all of us discharge.—EURIPIDES: Alcestis, line 418.

[204-2] The longest way round is the shortest way home.—BOHN: Foreign Proverbs (Italian).

GEORGE HERBERT. 1593-1632.

To write a verse or two is all the praise That I can raise.


Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright, The bridal of the earth and sky.


Sweet spring, full of sweet days and roses, A box where sweets compacted lie.


Only a sweet and virtuous soul, Like seasoned timber, never gives.


Like summer friends, Flies of estate and sunneshine.

The Answer.

A servant with this clause Makes drudgery divine; Who sweeps a room as for Thy laws Makes that and th' action fine.

The Elixir.

A verse may find him who a sermon flies, And turn delight into a sacrifice.

The Church Porch.

Dare to be true: nothing can need a lie; A fault which needs it most, grows two thereby.[205-1]

The Church Porch.

Chase brave employment with a naked sword Throughout the world.

The Church Porch.

Sundays observe; think when the bells do chime, 'T is angels' music.

The Church Porch.

The worst speak something good; if all want sense, God takes a text, and preacheth Pa-ti-ence.

The Church Porch.

Bibles laid open, millions of surprises.


Religion stands on tiptoe in our land, Ready to pass to the American strand.

The Church Militant.

Man is one world, and hath Another to attend him.


If goodness lead him not, yet weariness May toss him to my breast.

The Pulley.

The fineness which a hymn or psalm affords If when the soul unto the lines accords.

A True Hymn.

Wouldst thou both eat thy cake and have it?[205-2]

The Size.

Do well and right, and let the world sink.[205-3]

Country Parson. Chap. xxix.

His bark is worse than his bite.

Jacula Prudentum.

After death the doctor.[205-4]

Jacula Prudentum.

Hell is full of good meanings and wishings.[205-5]

Jacula Prudentum.

No sooner is a temple built to God, but the Devil builds a chapel hard by.[206-1]

Jacula Prudentum.

God's mill grinds slow, but sure.[206-2]

Jacula Prudentum.

The offender never pardons.[206-3]

Jacula Prudentum.

It is a poor sport that is not worth the candle.

Jacula Prudentum.

To a close-shorn sheep God gives wind by measure.[206-4]

Jacula Prudentum.

The lion is not so fierce as they paint him.[206-5]

Jacula Prudentum.

Help thyself, and God will help thee.[206-6]

Jacula Prudentum.

Words are women, deeds are men.[206-7]

Jacula Prudentum.

The mouse that hath but one hole is quickly taken.[206-8]

Jacula Prudentum.

A dwarf on a giant's shoulders sees farther of the two.[206-9]

Jacula Prudentum.


[205-1] And he that does one fault at first, And lies to hide it, makes it two.

WATTS: Song xv.

[205-2] See Heywood, page 20. BICKERSTAFF: Thomas and Sally.

[205-3] Ruat coelum, fiat voluntas tua (Though the sky fall, let Thy will be done).—SIR T. BROWNE: Religio Medici, part ii. sect. xi.

[205-4] After the war, aid.—Greek proverb.

After me the deluge.—MADAME DE POMPADOUR.

[205-5] Hell is paved with good intentions.—DR. JOHNSON (Boswell's Life of Johnson, Annus 1775.)

[206-1] See Burton, page 192.

[206-2] Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small.—F. VON LOGAU (1614-1655): Retribution (translation).

[206-3] They ne'er pardon who have done the wrong.—DRYDEN: The Conquest of Grenada.

[206-4] God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb.—STERNE: Sentimental Journey.

[206-5] The lion is not so fierce as painted.—FULLER: Expecting Preferment.

[206-6] God helps those who help themselves.—SIDNEY: Discourses on Government, sect. xxiii. FRANKLIN: Poor Richard's Almanac.

[206-7] Words are men's daughters, but God's sons are things.—DR. MADDEN: Boulter's Monument (supposed to have been inserted by Dr. Johnson, 1745).

[206-8] See Chaucer, page 4.

[206-9] See Burton, page 185.

IZAAK WALTON. 1593-1683.

Of which, if thou be a severe, sour-complexioned man, then I here disallow thee to be a competent judge.

The Complete Angler. Author's Preface.

Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics that it can never be fully learnt.

The Complete Angler. Author's Preface.

As no man is born an artist, so no man is born an angler.

The Complete Angler. Author's Preface.

I shall stay him no longer than to wish him a rainy evening to read this following discourse; and that if he be an honest angler, the east wind may never blow when he goes a fishing.

The Complete Angler. Author's Preface.

As the Italians say, Good company in a journey makes the way to seem the shorter.

The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. 1.

I am, sir, a Brother of the Angle.

The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. 1.

It [angling] deserves commendations; . . . it is an art worthy the knowledge and practice of a wise man.

The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. 1.

Angling is somewhat like poetry,—men are to be born so.

The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. 1.

Doubt not but angling will prove to be so pleasant that it will prove to be, like virtue, a reward to itself.[207-1]

The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. 1.

Sir Henry Wotton was a most dear lover and a frequent practiser of the Art of Angling; of which he would say, "'T was an employment for his idle time, which was then not idly spent, a rest to his mind, a cheerer of his spirits, a diverter of sadness, a calmer of unquiet thoughts, a moderator of passions, a procurer of contentedness;" and "that it begat habits of peace and patience in those that professed and practised it."

The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. 1.

You will find angling to be like the virtue of humility, which has a calmness of spirit and a world of other blessings attending upon it.

The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. 1.

I remember that a wise friend of mine did usually say, "That which is everybody's business is nobody's business."

The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. ii.

Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue.

The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. ii.

An excellent angler, and now with God.

The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. iv.

Old-fashioned poetry, but choicely good.

The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. iv.

No man can lose what he never had.

The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. v.

We may say of angling as Dr. Boteler[208-1] said of strawberries: "Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did;" and so, if I might be judge, God never did make a more calm, quiet, innocent recreation than angling.

The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. v.

Thus use your frog: put your hook—I mean the arming wire—through his mouth and out at his gills, and then with a fine needle and silk sew the upper part of his leg with only one stitch to the arming wire of your hook, or tie the frog's leg above the upper joint to the armed wire; and in so doing use him as though you loved him.

The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. 8.

This dish of meat is too good for any but anglers, or very honest men.

The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. 8.

Health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of,—a blessing that money cannot buy.

The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. 21.

And upon all that are lovers of virtue, and dare trust in his Providence, and be quiet and go a-angling.

The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. 21.

But God, who is able to prevail, wrestled with him; marked him for his own.[208-2]

Life of Donne.

The great secretary of Nature,—Sir Francis Bacon.[208-3]

Life of Herbert.

Oh, the gallant fisher's life! It is the best of any; 'T is full of pleasure, void of strife, And 't is beloved by many.

The Angler. (John Chalkhill.)[209-1]


[207-1] Virtue is her own reward.—DRYDEN: Tyrannic Love, act iii. sc. 1.

Virtue is to herself the best reward.—HENRY MORE: Cupid's Conflict.

Virtue is its own reward.—PRIOR: Imitations of Horace, book iii. ode 2. GAY: Epistle to Methuen. HOME: Douglas, act iii. sc. 1.

Virtue was sufficient of herself for happiness.—DIOGENES LAERTIUS: Plato, xlii.

Ipsa quidem virtus sibimet pulcherrima merces (Virtue herself is her own fairest reward).—SILIUS ITALICUS (25?-99): Punica, lib. xiii. line 663.

[208-1] William Butler, styled by Dr. Fuller in his "Worthies" (Suffolk) the "AEsculapius of our age." He died in 1621. This first appeared in the second edition of "The Angler," 1655. Roger Williams, in his "Key into the Language of America," 1643, p. 98, says: "One of the chiefest doctors of England was wont to say, that God could have made, but God never did make, a better berry."

[208-2] Melancholy marked him for her own.—GRAY: The Epitaph.

[208-3] Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates are secretaries of Nature.—HOWELL: Letters, book ii. letter xi.

[209-1] In 1683, the year in which he died, Walton prefixed a preface to a work edited by him: "Thealma and Clearchus, a Pastoral History, in smooth and easy verse: written long since by John Chalkhill Esq., an aquaintant and friend of Edmund Spenser."

Chalkhill,—a name unappropriated, a verbal phantom, a shadow of a shade. Chalkhill is no other than our old piscatory friend incognito.—ZOUCH: Life of Walton.

JAMES SHIRLEY. 1596-1666.

The glories of our blood and state Are shadows, not substantial things; There is no armour against fate; Death lays his icy hands on kings.

Contention of Ajax and Ulysses. Sc. 3.

Only the actions of the just[209-2] Smell sweet and blossom in the dust.[209-3]

Contention of Ajax and Ulysses. Sc. 3.

Death calls ye to the crowd of common men.

Cupid and Death.


[209-2] The sweet remembrance of the just Shall flourish when he sleeps in dust.

TATE AND BRADY: Psalm cxxii. 6.

[209-3] "Their dust" in Works edited by Dyce.

SAMUEL BUTLER. 1600-1680.

And pulpit, drum ecclesiastick, Was beat with fist instead of a stick.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 11.

We grant, although he had much wit, He was very shy of using it.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 45.

Beside, 't is known he could speak Greek As naturally as pigs squeak;[210-1] That Latin was no more difficile Than to a blackbird 't is to whistle.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 51.

He could distinguish and divide A hair 'twixt south and southwest side.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 67.

For rhetoric, he could not ope His mouth, but out there flew a trope.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 81.

For all a rhetorician's rules Teach nothing but to name his tools.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 89.

A Babylonish dialect Which learned pedants much affect.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 93.

For he by geometric scale Could take the size of pots of ale.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 121.

And wisely tell what hour o' the day The clock does strike, by algebra.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 125.

Whatever sceptic could inquire for, For every why he had a wherefore.[210-2]

Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 131.

Where entity and quiddity, The ghosts of defunct bodies, fly.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 145.

He knew what 's what,[210-3] and that 's as high As metaphysic wit can fly.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 149.

Such as take lodgings in a head That 's to be let unfurnished.[210-4]

Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 161.

'T was Presbyterian true blue.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 191.

And prove their doctrine orthodox, By apostolic blows and knocks.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 199.

As if religion was intended For nothing else but to be mended.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 205.

Compound for sins they are inclined to, By damning those they have no mind to.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 215.

The trenchant blade, Toledo trusty, For want of fighting was grown rusty, And ate into itself, for lack Of somebody to hew and hack.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 359.

For rhyme the rudder is of verses, With which, like ships, they steer their courses.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 463.

He ne'er consider'd it, as loth To look a gift-horse in the mouth.[211-1]

Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 490.

And force them, though it was in spite Of Nature and their stars, to write.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 647.

Quoth Hudibras, "I smell a rat![211-2] Ralpho, thou dost prevaricate."

Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 821.

Or shear swine, all cry and no wool.[211-3]

Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 852.

And bid the devil take the hin'most.[211-4]

Hudibras. Part i. Canto ii. Line 633.

With many a stiff thwack, many a bang, Hard crab-tree and old iron rang.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto ii. Line 831.

Like feather bed betwixt a wall And heavy brunt of cannon ball.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto ii. Line 872.

Ay me! what perils do environ The man that meddles with cold iron![211-5]

Hudibras. Part i. Canto iii. Line 1.

Who thought he 'd won The field as certain as a gun.[211-6]

Hudibras. Part i. Canto iii. Line 11.

Nor do I know what is become Of him, more than the Pope of Rome.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto iii. Line 263.

I 'll make the fur Fly 'bout the ears of the old cur.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto iii. Line 277.

He had got a hurt O' the inside, of a deadlier sort.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto iii. Line 309.

These reasons made his mouth to water.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto iii. Line 379.

While the honour thou hast got Is spick and span new.[212-1]

Hudibras. Part i. Canto iii. Line 398.

With mortal crisis doth portend My days to appropinque an end.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto iii. Line 589.

For those that run away and fly, Take place at least o' the enemy.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto iii. Line 609.

I am not now in fortune's power: He that is down can fall no lower.[212-2]

Hudibras. Part i. Canto iii. Line 877.

Cheer'd up himself with ends of verse And sayings of philosophers.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto iii. Line 1011.

If he that in the field is slain Be in the bed of honour lain, He that is beaten may be said To lie in honour's truckle-bed.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto iii. Line 1047.

When pious frauds and holy shifts Are dispensations and gifts.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto iii. Line 1145.

Friend Ralph, thou hast Outrun the constable[212-3] at last.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto iii. Line 1367.

Some force whole regions, in despite O' geography, to change their site; Make former times shake hands with latter, And that which was before come after. But those that write in rhyme still make The one verse for the other's sake; For one for sense, and one for rhyme, I think 's sufficient at one time.

Hudibras. Part ii. Canto i. Line 23.

Some have been beaten till they know What wood a cudgel 's of by th' blow; Some kick'd until they can feel whether A shoe be Spanish or neat's leather.

Hudibras. Part ii. Canto i. Line 221.

No Indian prince has to his palace More followers than a thief to the gallows.

Hudibras. Part ii. Canto i. Line 273.

Quoth she, I 've heard old cunning stagers Say fools for arguments use wagers.

Hudibras. Part ii. Canto i. Line 297.

Love in your hearts as idly burns As fire in antique Roman urns.[213-1]

Hudibras. Part ii. Canto i. Line 309.

For what is worth in anything But so much money as 't will bring?

Hudibras. Part ii. Canto i. Line 465.

Love is a boy by poets styl'd; Then spare the rod and spoil the child.[213-2]

Hudibras. Part ii. Canto i. Line 843.

The sun had long since in the lap Of Thetis taken out his nap, And, like a lobster boil'd, the morn From black to red began to turn.

Hudibras. Part ii. Canto ii. Line 29.

Have always been at daggers-drawing, And one another clapper-clawing.

Hudibras. Part ii. Canto ii. Line 79.

For truth is precious and divine,— Too rich a pearl for carnal swine.

Hudibras. Part ii. Canto ii. Line 257.

Why should not conscience have vacation As well as other courts o' th' nation?

Hudibras. Part ii. Canto ii. Line 317.

He that imposes an oath makes it, Not he that for convenience takes it; Then how can any man be said To break an oath he never made?

Hudibras. Part ii. Canto ii. Line 377.

As the ancients Say wisely, have a care o' th' main chance,[214-1] And look before you ere you leap;[214-2] For as you sow, ye are like to reap.[214-3]

Hudibras. Part ii. Canto ii. Line 501.

Doubtless the pleasure is as great Of being cheated as to cheat.[214-4]

Hudibras. Part ii. Canto iii. Line 1.

He made an instrument to know If the moon shine at full or no.

Hudibras. Part ii. Canto iii. Line 261.

Each window like a pill'ry appears, With heads thrust thro' nail'd by the ears.

Hudibras. Part ii. Canto iii. Line 391.

To swallow gudgeons ere they 're catch'd, And count their chickens ere they 're hatch'd.

Hudibras. Part ii. Canto iii. Line 923.

There 's but the twinkling of a star Between a man of peace and war.

Hudibras. Part ii. Canto iii. Line 957.

But Hudibras gave him a twitch As quick as lightning in the breech, Just in the place where honour 's lodg'd, As wise philosophers have judg'd; Because a kick in that part more Hurts honour than deep wounds before.

Hudibras. Part ii. Canto iii. Line 1065.

As men of inward light are wont To turn their optics in upon 't.

Hudibras. Part iii. Canto i. Line 481.

Still amorous and fond and billing, Like Philip and Mary on a shilling.

Hudibras. Part iii. Canto i. Line 687.

What makes all doctrines plain and clear? About two hundred pounds a year. And that which was prov'd true before Prove false again? Two hundred more.

Hudibras. Part iii. Canto i. Line 1277.

'Cause grace and virtue are within Prohibited degrees of kin; And therefore no true saint allows They shall be suffer'd to espouse.

Hudibras. Part iii. Canto i. Line 1293.

Nick Machiavel had ne'er a trick, Though he gave his name to our Old Nick.

Hudibras. Part iii. Canto i. Line 1313.

With crosses, relics, crucifixes, Beads, pictures, rosaries, and pixes,— The tools of working our salvation By mere mechanic operation.

Hudibras. Part iii. Canto i. Line 1495.

True as the dial to the sun,[215-1] Although it be not shin'd upon.

Hudibras. Part iii. Canto ii. Line 175.

But still his tongue ran on, the less Of weight it bore, with greater ease.

Hudibras. Part iii. Canto ii. Line 443.

For those that fly may fight again, Which he can never do that 's slain.[215-2]

Hudibras. Part iii. Canto iii. Line 243.

He that complies against his will Is of his own opinion still.

Hudibras. Part iii. Canto iii. Line 547.

With books and money plac'd for show Like nest-eggs to make clients lay, And for his false opinion pay.

Hudibras. Part iii. Canto iii. Line 624.

And poets by their sufferings grow,[216-1]— As if there were no more to do, To make a poet excellent, But only want and discontent.



[210-1] He Greek and Latin speaks with greater ease Than hogs eat acorns, and tame pigeons peas.

CRANFIELD: Panegyric on Tom Coriate.

[210-2] See Shakespeare, page 50.

[210-3] See Skelton, page 8.

[210-4] See Bacon, page 170.

[211-1] See Heywood, page 11.

[211-2] See Middleton, page 172.

[211-3] See Fortescue, page 7.

[211-4] Bid the Devil take the slowest.—PRIOR: On the Taking of Namur.

Deil tak the hindmost.—BURNS: To a Haggis.

[211-5] See Spenser, page 27.

[211-6] Sure as a gun.—DRYDEN: The Spanish Friar, act iii. sc. 2. CERVANTES: Don Quixote, part i. book iii. chap. vii.

[212-1] See Middleton, page 172.

[212-2] He that is down needs fear no fall.—BUNYAN: Pilgrim's Progress, part ii.

[212-3] Outrun the constable.—RAY: Proverbs, 1670.

[213-1] Our wasted oil unprofitably burns, Like hidden lamps in old sepulchral urns.

COWPER: Conversation, line 357.

[213-2] See Skelton, page 8.

[214-1] See Lyly, page 33.

[214-2] See Heywood, page 9.

[214-3] Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.—Galatians vi.

[214-4] This couplet is enlarged on by Swift in his "Tale of a Tub," where he says that the happiness of life consists in being well deceived.

[215-1] True as the needle to the pole, Or as the dial to the sun.


[215-2] Let who will boast their courage in the field, I find but little safety from my shield. Nature's, not honour's, law we must obey: This made me cast my useless shield away.

And by a prudent flight and cunning save A life, which valour could not, from the grave. A better buckler I can soon regain; But who can get another life again?

ARCHILOCHUS: Fragm. 6. (Quoted by Plutarch, Customs of the Lacedaemonians.)

Sed omissis quidem divinis exhortationibus illum magis Graecum versiculum secularis sententiae sibi adhibent, "Qui fugiebat, rursus proeliabitur:" ut et rursus forsitan fugiat (But overlooking the divine exhortations, they act rather upon that Greek verse of worldly significance, "He who flees will fight again," and that perhaps to betake himself again to flight).—TERTULLIAN: De Fuga in Persecutione, c. 10.

The corresponding Greek, Aner o pheugon kai palin machesetai, is ascribed to Menander. See Fragments (appended to Aristophanes in Didot's Bib. Graeca,), p. 91.

That same man that runnith awaie Maie again fight an other daie.

ERASMUS: Apothegms, 1542 (translated by Udall).

Celuy qui fuit de bonne heure Pent combattre derechef (He who flies at the right time can fight again).

Satyre Menippee (1594).

Qui fuit peut revenir aussi; Qui meurt, il n'en est pas ainsi (He who flies can also return; but it is not so with him who dies).

SCARRON (1610-1660).

He that fights and runs away May turn and fight another day; But he that is in battle slain Will never rise to fight again.

RAY: History of the Rebellion (1752), p. 48.

For he who fights and runs away May live to fight another day; But he who is in battle slain Can never rise and fight again.

GOLDSMITH: The Art of Poetry on a New Plan (1761), vol. ii. p. 147.

[216-1] Most wretched men Are cradled into poetry by wrong; They learn in suffering what they teach in song.

SHELLEY: Julian and Maddalo.


The assembled souls of all that men held wise.

Gondibert. Book ii. Canto v. Stanza 37.

Since knowledge is but sorrow's spy, It is not safe to know.[217-1]

The Just Italian. Act v. Sc. 1.

For angling-rod he took a sturdy oake;[217-2] For line, a cable that in storm ne'er broke; His hooke was such as heads the end of pole To pluck down house ere fire consumes it whole; The hook was baited with a dragon's tale,— And then on rock he stood to bob for whale.

Britannia Triumphans. Page 15. 1637.


[217-1] From ignorance our comfort flows.—PRIOR: To the Hon. Charles Montague.

Where ignorance is bliss, 'T is folly to be wise.

GRAY: Eton College, Stanza 10.

[217-2] For angling rod he took a sturdy oak; For line, a cable that in storm ne'er broke; . . . . . . His hook was baited with a dragon's tail,— And then on rock he stood to bob for whale.

From The Mock Romance, a rhapsody attached to The Loves of Hero and Leander, published in London in the years 1653 and 1677. Chambers's Book of Days, vol. i. p. 173. DANIEL: Rural Sports, Supplement, p. 57.

His angle-rod made of a sturdy oak; His line, a cable which in storms ne'er broke; His hook he baited with a dragon's tail,— And sat upon a rock, and bobb'd for whale.

WILLIAM KING (1663-1712): Upon a Giant's Angling (In Chalmers's "British Poets" ascribed to King.)


Too rashly charged the troops of error, and remain as trophies unto the enemies of truth.

Religio Medici. Part i. Sect. vi.

Rich with the spoils of Nature.[217-3]

Religio Medici. Part i. Sect. xiii.

Nature is the art of God.[218-1]

Religio Medici. Part i. Sect. xvi.

The thousand doors that lead to death.[218-2]

Religio Medici. Part i. Sect. xliv.

The heart of man is the place the Devil 's in: I feel sometimes a hell within myself.[218-3]

Religio Medici. Part i. Sect. li.

There is no road or ready way to virtue.

Religio Medici. Part i. Sect. lv.

It is the common wonder of all men, how among so many million of faces there should be none alike.[218-4]

Religio Medici. Part ii. Sect. ii.

There is music in the beauty, and the silent note which Cupid strikes, far sweeter than the sound of an instrument; for there is music wherever there is harmony, order, or proportion; and thus far we may maintain the music of the spheres.[218-5]

Religio Medici. Part ii. Sect. ix.

Sleep is a death; oh, make me try By sleeping what it is to die, And as gently lay my head On my grave as now my bed!

Religio Medici. Part ii. Sect. xii.

Ruat coelum, fiat voluntas tua.[218-6]

Religio Medici. Part ii. Sect. xii.

Times before you, when even living men were antiquities,—when the living might exceed the dead, and to depart this world could not be properly said to go unto the greater number.[219-1]

Dedication to Urn-Burial.

I look upon you as gem of the old rock.[219-2]

Dedication to Urn-Burial.

Man is a noble animal, splendid in ashes and pompous in the grave.

Dedication to Urn-Burial. Chap. v.

Quietly rested under the drums and tramplings of three conquests.

Dedication to Urn-Burial. Chap. v.

Herostratus lives that burnt the temple of Diana; he is almost lost that built it.[219-3]

Dedication to Urn-Burial. Chap. v.

What song the Sirens sang, or what name Achilles assumed when he hid himself among women.

Dedication to Urn-Burial. Chap. v.

When we desire to confine our words, we commonly say they are spoken under the rose.

Vulgar Errors.


[217-3] Rich with the spoils of time.—GRAY: Elegy, stanza 13.

[218-1] The course of Nature is the art of God.—YOUNG: Night Thoughts, night ix. line 1267.

[218-2] See Massinger, page 194.

[218-3] The mind is its own place, and in itself Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.

MILTON: Paradise Lost, book i. line 253.

[218-4] The human features and countenance, although composed of but some ten parts or little more, are so fashioned that among so many thousands of men there are no two in existence who cannot be distinguished from one another.—PLINY: Natural History, book vii. chap. i.

Of a thousand shavers, two do not shave so much alike as not to be distinguished.—JOHNSON (1777).

There never were in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.—MONTAIGNE: Of the Resemblance of Children to their Fathers, book i. chap. xxxvii.

[218-5] Oh, could you view the melody Of every grace And music of her face.

LOVELACE: Orpheus to Beasts.

[218-6] See Herbert, page 204.

[219-1] 'T is long since Death had the majority.—BLAIR: The Grave, part ii. line 449.

[219-2] Adamas de rupe praestantissimus (A most excellent diamond from the rock).

A chip of the old block.—PRIOR: Life of Burke.

[219-3] The aspiring youth that fired the Ephesian dome Outlives in fame the pious fool that raised it.

CIBBER: Richard III. act iii. sc. 1.

EDMUND WALLER. 1605-1687.

The yielding marble of her snowy breast.

On a Lady passing through a Crowd of People.

That eagle's fate and mine are one, Which on the shaft that made him die Espied a feather of his own, Wherewith he wont to soar so high.[219-4]

To a Lady singing a Song of his Composing.

A narrow compass! and yet there Dwelt all that 's good, and all that 's fair; Give me but what this riband bound, Take all the rest the sun goes round.

On a Girdle.

For all we know Of what the blessed do above Is, that they sing, and that they love.

While I listen to thy Voice.

Poets that lasting marble seek Must come in Latin or in Greek.

Of English Verse.

Under the tropic is our language spoke, And part of Flanders hath receiv'd our yoke.

Upon the Death of the Lord Protector.

Go, lovely rose! Tell her that wastes her time and me That now she knows, When I resemble her to thee, How sweet and fair she seems to be.

Go, Lovely Rose.

How small a part of time they share That are so wondrous sweet and fair!

Go, Lovely Rose.

Illustrious acts high raptures do infuse, And every conqueror creates a muse.

Panegyric on Cromwell.

In such green palaces the first kings reign'd, Slept in their shades, and angels entertain'd; With such old counsellors they did advise, And by frequenting sacred groves grew wise.

On St. James's Park.

And keeps the palace of the soul.[221-1]

Of Tea.

Poets lose half the praise they should have got, Could it be known what they discreetly blot.

Upon Roscommon's Translation of Horace, De Arte Poetica.

Could we forbear dispute and practise love, We should agree as angels do above.

Divine Love. Canto iii.

The soul's dark cottage, batter'd and decay'd, Lets in new light through chinks that Time has made.[221-2] Stronger by weakness, wiser men become As they draw near to their eternal home: Leaving the old, both worlds at once they view That stand upon the threshold of the new.

On the Divine Poems.


[219-4] So in the Libyan fable it is told That once an eagle, stricken with a dart, Said, when he saw the fashion of the shaft, "With our own feathers, not by others' hands, Are we now smitten."

AESCHYLUS: Fragm. 123 (Plumptre's Translation).

So the struck eagle, stretch'd upon the plain, No more through rolling clouds to soar again, View'd his own feather on the fatal dart, And wing'd the shaft that quiver'd in his heart.

BYRON: English Bards and Scotch Reviewers, line 826.

Like a young eagle, who has lent his plume To fledge the shaft by which he meets his doom, See their own feathers pluck'd to wing the dart Which rank corruption destines for their heart.

THOMAS MOORE: Corruption.

[221-1] The dome of thought, the palace of the soul.—BYRON: Childe Harold, canto ii. stanza 6.

[221-2] See Daniel, page 39.

To vanish in the chinks that Time has made.—ROGERS: Paestum.

THOMAS FULLER. 1608-1661.

Drawing near her death, she sent most pious thoughts as harbingers to heaven; and her soul saw a glimpse of happiness through the chinks of her sickness-broken body.

Life of Monica.

He was one of a lean body and visage, as if his eager soul, biting for anger at the clog of his body, desired to fret a passage through it.[221-3]

Life of the Duke of Alva.

She commandeth her husband, in any equal matter, by constant obeying him.

Holy and Profane State. The Good Wife.

He knows little who will tell his wife all he knows.

Holy and Profane State. The Good Husband.

One that will not plead that cause wherein his tongue must be confuted by his conscience.

Holy and Profane State. The Good Advocate.

A little skill in antiquity inclines a man to Popery; but depth in that study brings him about again to our religion.[222-1]

Holy and Profane State. The True Church Antiquary.

But our captain counts the image of God—nevertheless his image—cut in ebony as if done in ivory, and in the blackest Moors he sees the representation of the King of Heaven.

Holy and Profane State. The Good Sea-Captain.

To smell to a turf of fresh earth is wholesome for the body; no less are thoughts of mortality cordial to the soul.

Holy and Profane State. The Virtuous Lady.

The lion is not so fierce as painted.[222-2]

Holy and Profane State. Of Preferment.

Their heads sometimes so little that there is no room for wit; sometimes so long that there is no wit for so much room.

Holy and Profane State. Of Natural Fools.

The Pyramids themselves, doting with age, have forgotten the names of their founders.

Holy and Profane State. Of Tombs.

Learning hath gained most by those books by which the printers have lost.

Holy and Profane State. Of Books.

They that marry ancient people, merely in expectation to bury them, hang themselves in hope that one will come and cut the halter.

Holy and Profane State. Of Marriage.

Fame sometimes hath created something of nothing.

Holy and Profane State. Fame.

Often the cockloft is empty in those whom Nature hath built many stories high.[222-3]

Andronicus. Sect. vi. Par. 18, 1.


[221-3] A fiery soul, which, working out its way, Fretted the pygmy-body to decay, And o'er-inform'd the tenement of clay.

DRYDEN: Absalom and Achitophel, part i. line 156.

[222-1] See Bacon, p. 166.

[222-2] See Herbert, p. 205.

[222-3] See Bacon, p. 170.

JOHN MILTON. 1608-1674.

Of Man's first disobedience, and the fruit Of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste Brought death into the world, and all our woe.

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 1.

Or if Sion hill Delight thee more, and Siloa's brook, that flow'd Fast by the oracle of God.

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 10.

Things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme.

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 16.

What in me is dark Illumine, what is low raise and support, That to the height of this great argument I may assert eternal Providence, And justify the ways of God to men.[223-1]

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 22.

As far as angels' ken.

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 59.

Yet from those flames No light, but rather darkness visible.

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 62.

Where peace And rest can never dwell, hope never comes That comes to all.

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 65.

What though the field be lost? All is not lost; th' unconquerable will, And study of revenge, immortal hate, And courage never to submit or yield.

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 105.

To be weak is miserable, Doing or suffering.

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 157.

And out of good still to find means of evil.

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 165.

Farewell happy fields, Where joy forever dwells: hail, horrors!

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 249.

A mind not to be chang'd by place or time. The mind is its own place, and in itself Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.[224-1]

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 253.

Here we may reign secure; and in my choice To reign is worth ambition, though in hell: Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 261.

Heard so oft In worst extremes, and on the perilous edge Of battle.

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 275.

His spear, to equal which the tallest pine Hewn on Norwegian hills to be the mast Of some great ammiral were but a wand, He walk'd with to support uneasy steps Over the burning marle.

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 292.

Thick as autumnal leaves that strow the brooks In Vallombrosa, where th' Etrurian shades High over-arch'd imbower.

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 302.

Awake, arise, or be forever fallen!

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 330.

Spirits when they please Can either sex assume, or both.

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 423.

Execute their airy purposes.

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 430.

When night Darkens the streets, then wander forth the sons Of Belial, flown with insolence and wine.

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 500.

Th' imperial ensign, which full high advanc'd Shone like a meteor, streaming to the wind.[224-2]

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 536.

Sonorous metal blowing martial sounds: At which the universal host up sent A shout that tore hell's concave, and beyond Frighted the reign of Chaos and old Night.

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 540.

Anon they move In perfect phalanx, to the Dorian mood Of flutes and soft recorders.

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 549.

His form had yet not lost All her original brightness, nor appear'd Less than archangel ruin'd, and th' excess Of glory obscur'd.

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 591.

In dim eclipse, disastrous twilight sheds On half the nations, and with fear of change Perplexes monarchs.

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 597.

Thrice he assay'd, and thrice in spite of scorn Tears, such as angels weep, burst forth.

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 619.

Who overcomes By force, hath overcome but half his foe.

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 648.

Mammon, the least erected spirit that fell From heaven; for ev'n in heaven his looks and thoughts Were always downward bent, admiring more The riches of heaven's pavement, trodden gold, Than aught divine or holy else enjoy'd In vision beatific.

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 679.

Let none admire That riches grow in hell: that soil may best Deserve the precious bane.

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 690.

Anon out of the earth a fabric huge Rose, like an exhalation.

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 710.

From morn To noon he fell, from noon to dewy eve,— A summer's day; and with the setting sun Dropp'd from the Zenith like a falling star.

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 742.

Fairy elves, Whose midnight revels by a forest side Or fountain some belated peasant sees, Or dreams he sees, while overhead the moon Sits arbitress.

Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 781.

High on a throne of royal state, which far Outshone the wealth of Ormus and of Ind, Or where the gorgeous East with richest hand Showers on her kings barbaric pearl and gold, Satan exalted sat, by merit rais'd To that bad eminence.

Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 1.

Surer to prosper than prosperity Could have assur'd us.

Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 39.

The strongest and the fiercest spirit That fought in heaven, now fiercer by despair.

Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 44.

Rather than be less, Car'd not to be at all.

Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 47.

My sentence is for open war.

Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 51.

That in our proper motion we ascend Up to our native seat: descent and fall To us is adverse.

Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 75.

When the scourge Inexorable and the torturing hour Call us to penance.

Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 90.

Which, if not victory, is yet revenge.

Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 105.

But all was false and hollow; though his tongue Dropp'd manna, and could make the worse appear The better reason,[226-1] to perplex and dash Maturest counsels.

Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 112.

Th' ethereal mould Incapable of stain would soon expel Her mischief, and purge off the baser fire, Victorious. Thus repuls'd, our final hope Is flat despair.[226-2]

Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 139.

For who would lose, Though full of pain, this intellectual being, Those thoughts that wander through eternity, To perish rather, swallow'd up and lost In the wide womb of uncreated night?

Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 146.

His red right hand.[227-1]

Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 174.

Unrespited, unpitied, unrepriev'd.

Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 185.

The never-ending flight Of future days.

Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 221.

Our torments also may in length of time Become our elements.

Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 274.

With grave Aspect he rose, and in his rising seem'd A pillar of state; deep on his front engraven Deliberation sat, and public care; And princely counsel in his face yet shone, Majestic though in ruin: sage he stood, With Atlantean shoulders, fit to bear The weight of mightiest monarchies; his look Drew audience and attention still as night Or summer's noontide air.

Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 300.

The palpable obscure.

Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 406.

Long is the way And hard, that out of hell leads up to light.

Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 432.

Their rising all at once was as the sound Of thunder heard remote.

Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 476.

The low'ring element Scowls o'er the darken'd landscape.

Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 490.

Oh, shame to men! devil with devil damn'd Firm concord holds, men only disagree Of creatures rational.

Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 496.

In discourse more sweet; For eloquence the soul, song charms the sense. Others apart sat on a hill retir'd, In thoughts more elevate, and reason'd high Of providence, foreknowledge, will, and fate, Fix'd fate, free-will, foreknowledge absolute; And found no end, in wand'ring mazes lost.

Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 555.

Vain wisdom all and false philosophy.

Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 565.

Arm th' obdur'd breast With stubborn patience as with triple steel.

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A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old, Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air Burns frore, and cold performs th' effect of fire. Thither by harpy-footed Furies hal'd, At certain revolutions all the damn'd Are brought, and feel by turns the bitter change Of fierce extremes,—extremes by change more fierce; From beds of raging fire to starve in ice Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine Immovable, infix'd, and frozen round, Periods of time; thence hurried back to fire.

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O'er many a frozen, many a fiery Alp, Rocks, caves, lakes, fens, bogs, dens, and shades of death.

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Gorgons and Hydras and Chimaeras dire.

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The other shape, If shape it might be call'd that shape had none Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb; Or substance might be call'd that shadow seem'd, For each seem'd either,—black it stood as night, Fierce as ten furies, terrible as hell, And shook a dreadful dart; what seem'd his head The likeness of a kingly crown had on. Satan was now at hand.

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Whence and what art thou, execrable shape?

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Back to thy punishment, False fugitive, and to thy speed add wings.

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So spake the grisly Terror.

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Incens'd with indignation Satan stood Unterrify'd, and like a comet burn'd That fires the length of Ophiuchus huge In th' arctic sky, and from his horrid hair Shakes pestilence and war.

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Their fatal hands No second stroke intend.

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Hell Grew darker at their frown.

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I fled, and cry'd out, DEATH! Hell trembled at the hideous name, and sigh'd From all her caves, and back resounded, DEATH!

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Before mine eyes in opposition sits Grim Death, my son and foe.

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Death Grinn'd horrible a ghastly smile, to hear His famine should be fill'd.

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On a sudden open fly, With impetuous recoil and jarring sound, Th' infernal doors, and on their hinges grate Harsh thunder.

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Where eldest Night And Chaos, ancestors of Nature, hold Eternal anarchy amidst the noise Of endless wars, and by confusion stand; For hot, cold, moist, and dry, four champions fierce, Strive here for mast'ry.

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Into this wild abyss, The womb of Nature and perhaps her grave.

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To compare Great things with small.[230-1]

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O'er bog or steep, through strait, rough, dense, or rare, With head, hands, wings, or feet, pursues his way, And swims or sinks, or wades, or creeps, or flies.

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With ruin upon ruin, rout on rout, Confusion worse confounded.

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So he with difficulty and labour hard Mov'd on, with difficulty and labour he.

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And fast by, hanging in a golden chain, This pendent world, in bigness as a star Of smallest magnitude, close by the moon.

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Hail holy light! offspring of heav'n first-born.

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The rising world of waters dark and deep.

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Thoughts that voluntary move Harmonious numbers.

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Thus with the year Seasons return; but not to me returns Day, or the sweet approach of even or morn, Or sight of vernal bloom or summer's rose, Or flocks, or herds, or human face divine; But cloud instead, and ever-during dark Surrounds me; from the cheerful ways of men Cut off, and for the book of knowledge fair Presented with a universal blank Of Nature's works, to me expung'd and raz'd, And wisdom at one entrance quite shut out.

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Sufficient to have stood, though free to fall.

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See golden days, fruitful of golden deeds, With joy and love triumphing.

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Dark with excessive bright.

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Embryos and idiots, eremites and friars, White, black, and gray, with all their trumpery.

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Since call'd The Paradise of Fools, to few unknown.

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And oft, though wisdom wake, suspicion sleeps At wisdom's gate, and to simplicity Resigns her charge, while goodness thinks no ill Where no ill seems.

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The hell within him.

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Now conscience wakes despair That slumber'd,—wakes the bitter memory Of what he was, what is, and what must be Worse.

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At whose sight all the stars Hide their diminish'd heads.[231-1]

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A grateful mind By owing owes not, but still pays, at once Indebted and discharg'd.

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Which way shall I fly Infinite wrath and infinite despair? Which way I fly is hell; myself am hell; And in the lowest deep a lower deep, Still threat'ning to devour me, opens wide, To which the hell I suffer seems a heaven.

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Such joy ambition finds.

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Ease would recant Vows made in pain, as violent and void.

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So farewell hope, and with hope farewell fear, Farewell remorse; all good to me is lost. Evil, be thou my good.

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That practis'd falsehood under saintly shew, Deep malice to conceal, couch'd with revenge.

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Sabean odours from the spicy shore Of Araby the Blest.

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And on the Tree of Life, The middle tree and highest there that grew, Sat like a cormorant.

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A heaven on earth.

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Flowers worthy of paradise.

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Flowers of all hue, and without thorn the rose.[232-1]

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Proserpine gathering flowers, Herself a fairer flower.

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For contemplation he and valour form'd, For softness she and sweet attractive grace; He for God only, she for God in him. His fair large front and eye sublime declar'd Absolute rule; and hyacinthine locks Round from his parted forelock manly hung Clustering, but not beneath his shoulders broad.

Paradise Lost. Book iv. Line 297.

Implied Subjection, but requir'd with gentle sway, And by her yielded, by him best receiv'd,— Yielded with coy submission, modest pride, And sweet, reluctant, amorous delay.

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Adam the goodliest man of men since born His sons, the fairest of her daughters Eve.

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And with necessity, The tyrant's plea,[232-2] excus'd his devilish deeds.

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As Jupiter On Juno smiles, when he impregns the clouds That shed May flowers.

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Imparadis'd in one another's arms.

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Live while ye may, Yet happy pair.

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Now came still evening on, and twilight gray Had in her sober livery all things clad; Silence accompany'd; for beast and bird, They to their grassy couch, these to their nests, Were slunk, all but the wakeful nightingale; She all night long her amorous descant sung; Silence was pleas'd. Now glow'd the firmament With living sapphires; Hesperus, that led The starry host, rode brightest, till the moon, Rising in clouded majesty, at length Apparent queen unveil'd her peerless light, And o'er the dark her silver mantle threw.

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The timely dew of sleep.

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With thee conversing I forget all time, All seasons, and their change,—all please alike. Sweet is the breath of morn, her rising sweet, With charm of earliest birds; pleasant the sun When first on this delightful land he spreads His orient beams on herb, tree, fruit, and flower, Glist'ring with dew; fragrant the fertile earth After soft showers; and sweet the coming on Of grateful ev'ning mild; then silent night With this her solemn bird and this fair moon, And these the gems of heaven, her starry train: But neither breath of morn when she ascends With charm of earliest birds, nor rising sun On this delightful land, nor herb, fruit, flower, Glist'ring with dew, nor fragrance after showers, Nor grateful ev'ning mild, nor silent night With this her solemn bird, nor walk by moon Or glittering starlight, without thee is sweet.

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Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth Unseen, both when we wake and when we sleep.

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In naked beauty more adorn'd, More lovely than Pandora.[234-1]

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Eas'd the putting off These troublesome disguises which we wear.

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Hail wedded love, mysterious law, true source Of human offspring.

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Squat like a toad, close at the ear of Eve.

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Him thus intent Ithuriel with his spear Touch'd lightly; for no falsehood can endure Touch of celestial temper.

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Not to know me argues yourselves unknown, The lowest of your throng.

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Abash'd the devil stood, And felt how awful goodness is, and saw Virtue in her shape how lovely.

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All hell broke loose.

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Like Teneriff or Atlas unremoved.

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The starry cope Of heaven.

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Fled Murmuring, and with him fled the shades of night.

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Now morn, her rosy steps in th' eastern clime Advancing, sow'd the earth with orient pearl, When Adam wak'd, so custom'd; for his sleep Was aery light, from pure digestion bred.

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Hung over her enamour'd, and beheld Beauty, which, whether waking or asleep, Shot forth peculiar graces.

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My latest found, Heaven's last, best gift, my ever new delight!

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Good, the more Communicated, more abundant grows.

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These are thy glorious works, Parent of good!

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Fairest of stars, last in the train of night, If better thou belong not to the dawn.

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A wilderness of sweets.

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Another morn Ris'n on mid-noon.

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So saying, with despatchful looks in haste She turns, on hospitable thoughts intent.

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Nor jealousy Was understood, the injur'd lover's hell.

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The bright consummate flower.

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Thrones, Dominations, Princedoms, Virtues, Powers.

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They eat, they drink, and in communion sweet Quaff immortality and joy.

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Satan; so call him now, his former name Is heard no more in heaven.

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Midnight brought on the dusky hour Friendliest to sleep and silence.

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Innumerable as the stars of night, Or stars of morning, dewdrops which the sun Impearls on every leaf and every flower.

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So spake the seraph Abdiel, faithful found; Among the faithless, faithful only he.

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Morn, Wak'd by the circling hours, with rosy hand Unbarr'd the gates of light.

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Servant of God, well done; well hast thou fought The better fight.

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Arms on armour clashing bray'd Horrible discord, and the madding wheels Of brazen chariots rag'd: dire was the noise Of conflict.

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Spirits that live throughout, Vital in every part, not as frail man, In entrails, heart or head, liver or reins, Cannot but by annihilating die.

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Far off his coming shone.

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More safe I sing with mortal voice, unchang'd To hoarse or mute, though fall'n on evil days, On evil days though fall'n, and evil tongues.

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Still govern thou my song, Urania, and fit audience find, though few.

Paradise Lost. Book vii. Line 30.

Heaven open'd wide Her ever during gates, harmonious sound, On golden hinges moving.

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Hither, as to their fountain, other stars Repairing, in their golden urns draw light.

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Now half appear'd The tawny lion, pawing to get free His hinder parts.

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Indu'd With sanctity of reason.

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A broad and ample road, whose dust is gold, And pavement stars,—as stars to thee appear Seen in the galaxy, that milky way Which nightly as a circling zone thou seest Powder'd with stars.

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The Angel ended, and in Adam's ear So charming left his voice, that he awhile Thought him still speaking, still stood fix'd to hear.

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There swift return Diurnal, merely to officiate light Round this opacous earth, this punctual spot.

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And grace that won who saw to wish her stay.

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And touch'd by her fair tendance, gladlier grew.

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With centric and eccentric scribbled o'er, Cycle and epicycle, orb in orb.

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Her silent course advance With inoffensive pace, that spinning sleeps On her soft axle.

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Be lowly wise: Think only what concerns thee and thy being.

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To know That which before us lies in daily life Is the prime wisdom.

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Liquid lapse of murmuring streams.

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And feel that I am happier than I know.

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Among unequals what society Can sort, what harmony, or true delight?

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Grace was in all her steps, heaven in her eye, In every gesture dignity and love.

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Her virtue and the conscience of her worth, That would be woo'd, and not unsought be won.

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She what was honour knew, And with obsequious majesty approv'd My pleaded reason. To the nuptial bower I led her blushing like the morn; all heaven And happy constellations on that hour Shed their selectest influence; the earth Gave sign of gratulation, and each hill; Joyous the birds; fresh gales and gentle airs Whisper'd it to the woods, and from their wings Flung rose, flung odours from the spicy shrub.

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The sum of earthly bliss.

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So well to know Her own, that what she wills to do or say Seems wisest, virtuousest, discreetest, best.

Paradise Lost. Book viii. Line 548.

Accuse not Nature: she hath done her part; Do thou but thine.

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Oft times nothing profits more Than self-esteem, grounded on just and right Well manag'd.[238-1]

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Those graceful acts, Those thousand decencies that daily flow From all her words and actions.

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With a smile that glow'd Celestial rosy red, love's proper hue.

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My unpremeditated verse.

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Pleas'd me, long choosing and beginning late.

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Unless an age too late, or cold Climate, or years, damp my intended wing.

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Revenge, at first though sweet, Bitter ere long back on itself recoils.

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The work under our labour grows, Luxurious by restraint.

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Smiles from reason flow, To brute deny'd, and are of love the food.

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For solitude sometimes is best society, And short retirement urges sweet return.

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At shut of evening flowers.

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As one who long in populous city pent, Where houses thick and sewers annoy the air.

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So gloz'd the tempter.

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Hope elevates, and joy Brightens his crest.

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Left that command Sole daughter of his voice.[239-1]

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Earth felt the wound; and Nature from her seat, Sighing through all her works, gave signs of woe That all was lost.

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In her face excuse Came prologue, and apology too prompt.

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A pillar'd shade High overarch'd, and echoing walks between.

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Yet I shall temper so Justice with mercy, as may illustrate most Them fully satisfy'd, and thee appease.

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So scented the grim Feature, and upturn'd His nostril wide into the murky air, Sagacious of his quarry from so far.

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How gladly would I meet Mortality my sentence, and be earth Insensible! how glad would lay me down As in my mother's lap!

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Must I thus leave thee, Paradise?—thus leave Thee, native soil, these happy walks and shades?

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Then purg'd with euphrasy and rue The visual nerve, for he had much to see.

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Moping melancholy And moon-struck madness.

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And over them triumphant Death his dart Shook, but delay'd to strike, though oft invok'd.

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So may'st thou live, till like ripe fruit thou drop Into thy mother's lap.

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Nor love thy life, nor hate; but what thou liv'st Live well: how long or short permit to heaven.[240-1]

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A bevy of fair women.

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The brazen throat of war.

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Some natural tears they dropp'd, but wip'd them soon; The world was all before them, where to choose Their place of rest, and Providence their guide. They hand in hand, with wand'ring steps and slow, Through Eden took their solitary way.

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Beauty stands In the admiration only of weak minds Led captive.

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Rocks whereon greatest men have oftest wreck'd.

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Of whom to be disprais'd were no small praise.

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Elephants endors'd with towers.

Paradise Regained. Book iii. Line 329.

Syene, and where the shadow both way falls, Meroe, Nilotic isle.

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Dusk faces with white silken turbans wreath'd.

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The childhood shows the man, As morning shows the day.[241-1]

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Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts And eloquence.

Paradise Regained. Book iv. Line 240.

The olive grove of Academe, Plato's retirement, where the Attic bird Trills her thick-warbled notes the summer long.

Paradise Regained. Book iv. Line 244.

Thence to the famous orators repair, Those ancient, whose resistless eloquence Wielded at will that fierce democratie, Shook the arsenal, and fulmin'd over Greece, To Macedon, and Artaxerxes' throne.

Paradise Regained. Book iv. Line 267.

Socrates . . . Whom well inspir'd the oracle pronounc'd Wisest of men.

Paradise Regained. Book iv. Line 274.

Deep vers'd in books, and shallow in himself.

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As children gath'ring pebbles on the shore. Or if I would delight my private hours With music or with poem, where so soon As in our native language can I find That solace?

Paradise Regained. Book iv. Line 330.

Till morning fair Came forth with pilgrim steps in amice gray.

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O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon, Irrecoverably dark, total eclipse Without all hope of day!

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The sun to me is dark And silent as the moon, When she deserts the night Hid in her vacant interlunar cave.

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Ran on embattled armies clad in iron, And, weaponless himself, Made arms ridiculous.

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Just are the ways of God, And justifiable to men; Unless there be who think not God at all.

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What boots it at one gate to make defence, And at another to let in the foe?

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But who is this, what thing of sea or land,— Female of sex it seems,— That so bedeck'd, ornate, and gay, Comes this way sailing Like a stately ship Of Tarsus, bound for th' isles Of Javan or Gadire, With all her bravery on, and tackle trim, Sails fill'd, and streamers waving, Courted by all the winds that hold them play, An amber scent of odorous perfume Her harbinger?

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Yet beauty, though injurious, hath strange power, After offence returning, to regain Love once possess'd.

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He 's gone, and who knows how he may report Thy words by adding fuel to the flame?

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For evil news rides post, while good news baits.

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And as an ev'ning dragon came, Assailant on the perched roosts And nests in order rang'd Of tame villatic fowl.

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Nothing is here for tears, nothing to wail Or knock the breast, no weakness, no contempt, Dispraise, or blame,—nothing but well and fair, And what may quiet us in a death so noble.

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Above the smoke and stir of this dim spot Which men call earth.

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That golden key That opes the palace of eternity.

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The nodding horror of whose shady brows Threats the forlorn and wandering passenger.

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I will tell you now What never yet was heard in tale or song, From old or modern bard, in hall or bower.

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Bacchus, that first from out the purple grape Crush'd the sweet poison of misused wine.

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These my sky-robes spun out of Iris' woof.

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The star that bids the shepherd fold.

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Midnight shout and revelry, Tipsy dance and jollity.

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Ere the blabbing eastern scout, The nice morn, on th' Indian steep From her cabin'd loop-hole peep.

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When the gray-hooded Even, Like a sad votarist in palmer's weed, Rose from the hindmost wheels of Phoebus' wain.

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A thousand fantasies Begin to throng into my memory, Of calling shapes, and beck'ning shadows dire, And airy tongues that syllable men's names On sands and shores and desert wildernesses.

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O welcome, pure-ey'd Faith, white-handed Hope, Thou hovering angel, girt with golden wings!

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Was I deceiv'd, or did a sable cloud Turn forth her silver lining on the night?

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Can any mortal mixture of earth's mould Breathe such divine enchanting ravishment?

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How sweetly did they float upon the wings Of silence through the empty-vaulted night, At every fall smoothing the raven down Of darkness till it smil'd!

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Who, as they sung, would take the prison'd soul And lap it in Elysium.

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Such sober certainty of waking bliss.

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I took it for a faery vision Of some gay creatures of the element, That in the colours of the rainbow live, And play i' th' plighted clouds.

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It were a journey like the path to heaven, To help you find them.

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With thy long levell'd rule of streaming light.

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Virtue could see to do what virtue would By her own radiant light, though sun and moon Were in the flat sea sunk. And Wisdom's self Oft seeks to sweet retired solitude, Where with her best nurse Contemplation She plumes her feathers and lets grow her wings, That in the various bustle of resort Were all-to ruffled, and sometimes impair'd. He that has light within his own clear breast May sit i' th' centre and enjoy bright day; But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts Benighted walks under the midday sun.

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The unsunn'd heaps Of miser's treasure.

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'T is chastity, my brother, chastity: She that has that is clad in complete steel.

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Some say no evil thing that walks by night, In fog or fire, by lake or moorish fen, Blue meagre hag, or stubborn unlaid ghost That breaks his magic chains at curfew time, No goblin, or swart fairy of the mine, Hath hurtful power o'er true virginity.

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So dear to heav'n is saintly chastity, That when a soul is found sincerely so, A thousand liveried angels lackey her, Driving far off each thing of sin and guilt, And in clear dream and solemn vision Tell her of things that no gross ear can hear, Till oft converse with heav'nly habitants Begin to cast a beam on th' outward shape.

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How charming is divine philosophy! Not harsh and crabbed, as dull fools suppose, But musical as is Apollo's lute,[245-1] And a perpetual feast of nectar'd sweets Where no crude surfeit reigns.

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And sweeten'd every musk-rose of the dale.

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Fill'd the air with barbarous dissonance.

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I was all ear, And took in strains that might create a soul Under the ribs of death.

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That power Which erring men call Chance.

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If this fail, The pillar'd firmament is rottenness, And earth's base built on stubble.

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The leaf was darkish, and had prickles on it, But in another country, as he said, Bore a bright golden flow'r, but not in this soil; Unknown, and like esteem'd, and the dull swain Treads on it daily with his clouted shoon.

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Enter'd the very lime-twigs of his spells, And yet came off.

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This cordial julep here, That flames and dances in his crystal bounds.

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Budge doctors of the Stoic fur.

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And live like Nature's bastards, not her sons.

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It is for homely features to keep home,— They had their name thence; coarse complexions And cheeks of sorry grain will serve to ply The sampler and to tease the huswife's wool. What need a vermeil-tinctur'd lip for that, Love-darting eyes, or tresses like the morn?

Comus. Line 748.

Swinish gluttony Ne'er looks to heav'n amidst his gorgeous feast, But with besotted base ingratitude Crams, and blasphemes his feeder.

Comus. Line 776.

Enjoy your dear wit and gay rhetoric, That hath so well been taught her dazzling fence.

Comus. Line 790.

His rod revers'd, And backward mutters of dissevering power.

Comus. Line 816.

Sabrina fair, Listen where thou art sitting Under the glassy, cool, translucent wave, In twisted braids of lilies knitting The loose train of thy amber-dropping hair.

Comus. Line 859.

But now my task is smoothly done, I can fly, or I can run.

Comus. Line 1012.

Or if Virtue feeble were, Heav'n itself would stoop to her.

Comus. Line 1022.

I come to pluck your berries harsh and crude, And with forc'd fingers rude Shatter your leaves before the mellowing year.

Lycidas. Line 3.

He knew Himself to sing, and build the lofty rhyme.

Lycidas. Line 10.

Without the meed of some melodious tear.

Lycidas. Line 14.

Under the opening eyelids of the morn.

Lycidas. Line 26.

But oh the heavy change, now thou art gone, Now thou art gone and never must return!

Lycidas. Line 37.

The gadding vine.

Lycidas. Line 40.

And strictly meditate the thankless Muse.

Lycidas. Line 66.

To sport with Amaryllis in the shade, Or with the tangles of Neaera's hair.

Lycidas. Line 68.

Fame is the spur that the clear spirit doth raise[247-1] (That last infirmity of noble mind) To scorn delights, and live laborious days; But the fair guerdon when we hope to find, And think to burst out into sudden blaze, Comes the blind Fury with th' abhorred shears And slits the thin-spun life.

Lycidas. Line 70.

Fame is no plant that grows on mortal soil.

Lycidas. Line 78.

It was that fatal and perfidious bark, Built in th' eclipse, and rigg'd with curses dark.

Lycidas. Line 100.

The pilot of the Galilean lake; Two massy keys he bore, of metals twain (The golden opes, the iron shuts amain).

Lycidas. Line 109.

But that two-handed engine at the door Stands ready to smite once, and smite no more.

Lycidas. Line 130.

Throw hither all your quaint enamell'd eyes That on the green turf suck the honied showers, And purple all the ground with vernal flowers. Bring the rathe primrose that forsaken dies, The tufted crow-toe, and pale jessamine, The white pink, and the pansy freakt with jet, The glowing violet, The musk-rose, and the well-attir'd woodbine, With cowslips wan that hang the pensive head, And every flower that sad embroidery wears.

Lycidas. Line 139.

So sinks the day-star in the ocean bed, And yet anon repairs his drooping head, And tricks his beams, and with new-spangled ore Flames in the forehead of the morning sky.

Lycidas. Line 168.

He touch'd the tender stops of various quills, With eager thought warbling his Doric lay.

Lycidas. Line 188.

To-morrow to fresh woods and pastures new.

Lycidas. Line 193.

Haste thee, Nymph, and bring with thee Jest and youthful Jollity, Quips and Cranks and wanton Wiles, Nods and Becks and wreathed Smiles.

L'Allegro. Line 25.

Sport, that wrinkled Care derides, And Laughter holding both his sides. Come and trip it as ye go, On the light fantastic toe.

L'Allegro. Line 31.

The mountain nymph, sweet Liberty.

L'Allegro. Line 36.

And every shepherd tells his tale Under the hawthorn in the dale.

L'Allegro. Line 67.

Meadows trim with daisies pied, Shallow brooks and rivers wide; Towers and battlements it sees Bosom'd high in tufted trees, Where perhaps some beauty lies, The cynosure of neighboring eyes.

L'Allegro. Line 75.

Herbs, and other country messes, Which the neat-handed Phillis dresses.

L'Allegro. Line 85.

To many a youth and many a maid Dancing in the chequer'd shade.

L'Allegro. Line 95.

Then to the spicy nut-brown ale.

L'Allegro. Line 100.

Tower'd cities please us then, And the busy hum of men.

L'Allegro. Line 117.

Ladies, whose bright eyes Rain influence, and judge the prize.

L'Allegro. Line 121.

Such sights as youthful poets dream On summer eyes by haunted stream. Then to the well-trod stage anon, If Jonson's learned sock be on, Or sweetest Shakespeare, Fancy's child, Warble his native wood-notes wild.

L'Allegro. Line 129.

And ever against eating cares Lap me in soft Lydian airs, Married to immortal verse,[249-1] Such as the meeting soul may pierce, In notes with many a winding bout Of linked sweetness long drawn out.

L'Allegro. Line 135.

Untwisting all the chains that tie The hidden soul of harmony.

L'Allegro. Line 143.

The gay motes that people the sunbeams.

Il Penseroso. Line 8.

And looks commercing with the skies, Thy rapt soul sitting in thine eyes.

Il Penseroso. Line 39.

Forget thyself to marble.

Il Penseroso. Line 42.

And join with thee calm Peace and Quiet, Spare Fast, that oft with gods doth diet.

Il Penseroso. Line 45.

And add to these retired Leisure, That in trim gardens takes his pleasure.

Il Penseroso. Line 49.

Sweet bird, that shun'st the noise of folly, Most musical, most melancholy!

Il Penseroso. Line 61.

I walk unseen On the dry smooth-shaven green, To behold the wandering moon Riding near her highest noon, Like one that had been led astray Through the heav'n's wide pathless way; And oft, as if her head she bow'd, Stooping through a fleecy cloud.

Il Penseroso. Line 65.

Where glowing embers through the room Teach light to counterfeit a gloom.

Il Penseroso. Line 79.

Far from all resort of mirth Save the cricket on the hearth.

Il Penseroso. Line 81.

Sometime let gorgeous Tragedy In sceptred pall come sweeping by, Presenting Thebes, or Pelops' line, Or the tale of Troy divine.

Il Penseroso. Line 97.

Or bid the soul of Orpheus sing Such notes as, warbled to the string, Drew iron tears down Pluto's cheek.

Il Penseroso. Line 105.

Or call up him that left half told The story of Cambuscan bold.

Il Penseroso. Line 109.

Where more is meant than meets the ear.

Il Penseroso. Line 120.

When the gust hath blown his fill, Ending on the rustling leaves With minute drops from off the eaves.

Il Penseroso. Line 128.

Hide me from day's garish eye.

Il Penseroso. Line 141.

And storied windows richly dight, Casting a dim religious light.

Il Penseroso. Line 159.

Till old experience do attain To something like prophetic strain.

Il Penseroso. Line 173.

Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie.

Arcades. Line 68.

Under the shady roof Of branching elm star-proof.

Arcades. Line 88.

O fairest flower! no sooner blown but blasted, Soft silken primrose fading timelessly.

Ode on the Death of a fair Infant, dying of a Cough.

Such as may make thee search the coffers round.

At a Vacation Exercise. Line 31.

No war or battle's sound Was heard the world around.

Hymn on Christ's Nativity. Line 53.

Time will run back and fetch the age of gold.

Hymn on Christ's Nativity. Line 135.

Swinges the scaly horror of his folded tail.

Hymn on Christ's Nativity. Line 172.

The oracles are dumb, No voice or hideous hum Runs through the arched roof in words deceiving. Apollo from his shrine Can no more divine, With hollow shriek the steep of Delphos leaving. No nightly trance or breathed spell Inspires the pale-eyed priest from the prophetic cell.

Hymn on Christ's Nativity. Line 173.

From haunted spring and dale Edg'd with poplar pale The parting genius is with sighing sent.

Hymn on Christ's Nativity. Line 184.

Peor and Baaelim Forsake their temples dim.

Hymn on Christ's Nativity. Line 197.

What needs my Shakespeare for his honour'd bones,— The labour of an age in piled stones? Or that his hallow'd relics should be hid Under a star-y-pointing pyramid? Dear son of memory, great heir of fame, What need'st thou such weak witness of thy name?

Epitaph on Shakespeare.

And so sepulchred in such pomp dost lie, That kings for such a tomb would wish to die.

Epitaph on Shakespeare.

Thy liquid notes that close the eye of day.[251-1]

Sonnet to the Nightingale.

As ever in my great Taskmaster's eye.

On his being arrived to the Age of Twenty-three.

The great Emathian conqueror bid spare The house of Pindarus, when temple and tower Went to the ground.

When the Assault was intended to the City.

That old man eloquent.

To the Lady Margaret Ley.

That would have made Quintilian stare and gasp.

On the Detraction which followed upon my writing certain Treatises.

License they mean when they cry, Liberty! For who loves that must first be wise and good.

On the Detraction which followed upon my writing certain Treatises.

Peace hath her victories No less renown'd than war.

To the Lord General Cromwell.

Ev'n them who kept thy truth so pure of old, When all our fathers worshipp'd stocks and stones.

On the late Massacre in Piedmont.

Thousands at his bidding speed, And post o'er land and ocean without rest; They also serve who only stand and wait.

On his Blindness.

What neat repast shall feast us, light and choice, Of Attic taste?

To Mr. Lawrence.

In mirth that after no repenting draws.

Sonnet xxi. To Cyriac Skinner.

For other things mild Heav'n a time ordains, And disapproves that care, though wise in show, That with superfluous burden loads the day, And when God sends a cheerful hour, refrains.

Sonnet xxi. To Cyriac Skinner.

Yet I argue not Against Heav'n's hand or will, nor bate a jot Of heart or hope; but still bear up and steer Right onward.

Sonnet xxii. To Cyriac Skinner.

Of which all Europe rings from side to side.

Sonnet xxii. To Cyriac Skinner.

But oh! as to embrace me she inclin'd, I wak'd, she fled, and day brought back my night.

On his Deceased Wife.

Have hung My dank and dropping weeds To the stern god of sea.

Translation of Horace. Book i. Ode 5.

For such kind of borrowing as this, if it be not bettered by the borrower, among good authors is accounted Plagiare.

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