The Works of John Dryden: Dramatic works

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Page 262 - Twas pleasure first made it an oath. If I have pleasures for a friend, And further love in store, What wrong has he whose joys did end, And who could give no more ? 'Tis a madness that he should be jealous of me, Or that I should bar him of another: For all we can gain, is to give ourselves pain, When neither can hinder the other.
Page 249 - Melantha is as finished an impertinent as ever fluttered in a drawing-room, and seems to contain the most complete system of female foppery that could possibly be crowded into the tortured form of a fine lady.
Page 121 - Our author fears those critics as his fate ; And those he fears by consequence must hate, For they the traffic of all wit invade, As scriveners draw away the bankers
Page 4 - No, there is a necessity in Fate, Why still the brave bold man is fortunate; He keeps his object ever full in sight, And that assurance holds him firm and right, True, 'tis a narrow way that leads to bliss, \ But right before there is no precipice; ) Fear makes men look aside, and so their footing miss.
Page 10 - Forgiveness to the injured does belong ; But they ne'er pardon who have done the wrong.
Page 228 - ... either in rejecting such old words, or phrases, which are ill sounding, or improper; or in admitting new, which are more proper, more sounding and more significant.
Page 51 - Of small advantages too much you boast ; You beat the out-guards of my master's host : This little loss, in our vast body, shows So small, that half have never heard the news. Fame's out of breath, ere she can fly so far, To tell them all, that you have e'er made war. Almanz. It pleases me your army is so great ; For now I know there 's more to conquer yet.
Page 241 - Learning I never saw in any of them ; and wit no more than they could remember. In short, they were unlucky to have been bred in an unpolished age, and more unlucky to live to a refined one.
Page 227 - It is therefore my part to make it clear, that the language, wit, and conversation of our age, are improved and refined above the last ; and then it will not be difficult to infer, that our plays have received some part of those advantages.
Page 67 - Rather than lose the spotless name of maid!" Faintly, methought, she spoke; for all the while She bid me not believe her, with a smile. "Then die," said I: she still denied; " And is it thus, thus, thus," she cried, " You use a harmless maid ? "—and so she died!

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