The Works of the English Poets: With Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, Volume 21

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Samuel Johnson
C. Bathurst, 1779
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Page 3 - Disastrous acts forebode. In his right hand Long scrolls of paper solemnly he waves, With characters and figures dire inscrib'd, Grievous to mortal eyes.
Page 4 - The wasp insidious, and the buzzing drone, And butterfly proud of expanded wings Distinct with gold, entangled in her snares...
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Page 214 - Near some obliging, modest fair to live : For there's that sweetness in a female mind Which in a man's we cannot hope to find...
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