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Is there a parson much bemused in beer,
A maudlin poetess, a rhyming peer,

A clerk foredoomed his father's soul to cross,
Who pens a stanza when he should engross.

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Friend to my life, which did not you prolong,
The world had wanted many an idle song. Line 27.

Obliged by hunger and request of friends.

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Fired that the house rejects him, "sdeath I'll print it, And shame the fools.'

No creature smarts so little as a fool.

Destroy his fib, or sophistry in vain !
The creature's at his dirty work again.

As yet a child, nor yet a fool to fame,

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I lisped in numbers, for the numbers came. Line 127.

Pretty! in amber to observe the forms,

Of hairs, or straws, or dirt, or grubs, or worms!

The things, we know, are neither rich nor rare,
But wonder how the devil they got there.

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And he whose fustian's so sublimely bad,
It is not poetry, but prose run mad.

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Should such a man, too fond to rule alone,
Bear, like the Turk, no brother near the throne.

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Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer,
And without sneering teach the rest to sneer;
Willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike,
Just hint a fault, and hesitate dislike.

By flatterers besieged,

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And so obliging that he ne'er obliged;
Like Cato, give his little senate laws,
And sit attentive to his own applause.

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Who but must laugh, if such a man there be?
Who would not weep, if Atticus were he?

Cursed be the verse, how well soe'er it flow,
That tends to make one worthy man my foe.

Satire or sense, alas! can Sporus feel,
Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel?

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Eternal smiles his emptiness betray,
As shallow streams run dimpling all the way.

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Wit that can creep, and pride that licks the dust.

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Me, let the tender office long engage

To rock the cradle of reposing age,

With lenient arts extend a mother's breath,
Make languor smile, and smooth the bed of death;
Explore the thought, explain the asking eye,

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Lord Fanny spins a thousand such a day.

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Satire's my weapon, but I'm too discreet
To run a muck, and tilt at all I meet.

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But touch me, and no minister so sore;
Whoe'er offends, at some unlucky time
Slides into verse, and hitches in a rhyme;
Sacred to ridicule his whole life long,
And the sad burden of some merry song.

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There St. John mingles with my friendly bowl,
The feast of reason and the flow of soul.

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For I, who hold sage Homer's rule the best,
Welcome the coming, speed the going guest.*

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Above all Greek, above all Roman fame.†

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The mob of gentlemen who wrote with ease.

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One simile that solitary shines

In the dry desert of a thousand lines.

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Who says in verse what others say in prose.

* See the Odyssey, Book xv. line 84.

† Above any Greek or Roman name.

DRYDEN. Upon the Death of Lord Hastings.

Waller was smooth; but Dryden taught to join
The varying verse, the full resounding line,
The long majestic march, and energy divine.

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The last and greatest art, the art to blot.

The many-headed monster of the pit.

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Years following years steal something every day;

At last they steal us from ourselves away.

The vulgar boil, the learned roast an egg.

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Words that wise Bacon or brave Raleigh spoke.

Vain was the chief's, the sage's pride!
They had no poet, and they died.

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Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame.

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Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in night :
God said, 'Let Newton be!' and all was light.

Epitaph intended for Sir Isaac Newton.


O thou! whatever title please thine ear,
Dean, Drapier, Bickerstaff, or Gulliver!
Whether thou choose Cervantes' serious air,
Or laugh and shake in Rabelais' easy-chair,

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And solid pudding against empty praise.

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Now night descending, the proud scene was o'er,
But lived in Settle's numbers one day more.

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Sleepless themselves to give their readers sleep.

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Next o'er his books his eyes began to roll
In pleasing memory of all he stole.

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How index-learning turns no student pale,
Yet holds the eel of science by the tail.

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And gentle Dulness ever loves a joke. Book ii. Line 34.

All crowd, who foremost shall be damned to fame.

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Silence, ye wolves! while Ralph to Cynthia howls, And makes night hideous ;*-answer him ye owls.

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A wit with dunces, and a dunce with wits.

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The right divine of kings to govern wrong.

Stuff the head

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With all such reading as was never read ;
For thee explain a thing till all men doubt it,
And write about it, goddess, and about it.

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* Making night hideous.

Hamlet. Act i. Sc. 4.

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