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'T is the voice of the sluggard ; I heard him complain, "You have waked me too soon, I must slumber again.'
Against Lying. Hark! from the tombs a doleful sound.
A Funeral Thought. Strange! that a harp of thousand strings Should keep in tune so long.
Hymns and Spiritual Songs. Book ii. Hymn 19. The mind's the standard of the man.
Horæ Lyricæ. Book ii. False Greatness.
MATTHEW GREEN. 1696-1737.
FLING but a stone, the giant dies.
The Spleen. Line 93.
SUSANNAH CENTLIVRE. 1667-1772.
'HE real Simon Pure.
A Bold Stroke for a Wife.
Aci v. 9. 1.
AARON HILL. 1685-1750.
FIRST, then, a woman will, or won'tzdepend on't
If she will do’t, she will; and there's an end on't. But, if she won't, since safe and sound your trust is, Fear is affront: and jealousy injustice.*
Epilogue to Zara.
And it stings you for your pains ;
And it soft as silk remains.
Verses written on a Window in Scotland.
'T is the same with common natures :
Use 'em kindly, they rebel ;
And the rogues obey you well.
SIR SAMUEL TUKE.
E is a fool who thinks by force or skill
Adventures of Five Hours. Act v. Sc. 3.
* The following lines are copied from the pillar erected on the mount in the Dane John Field, Canterbury :
Where is the man who has the power and skill
JAMES THOMSON. 1700-1748.
COME, gentle Spring ! ethereal Mildness! come.
Spring Line 1. Base envy withers at another's joy, And hates that excellence it cannot reach.
But who can paint Like Nature? Can imagination boast, Amid its gay creation, hues like hers ?
Amid the roses fierce Repentance rears
Delightful task! to rear the tender thought,
An elegant sufficiency, content,
The meek-eyed Morn appears, mother of dews.
But yonder comes the powerful King of Day
Ships dim-discovered, dropping from the clouds.
Sighed and looked unutterable things.
A lucky chance, that oft decides the fate
So stands the statue that enchants the world,
Autumn, Line 204. For still the world prevailed, and its dread laugh, Which scarce the firm philosopher can scorn.
See Winter comes, to rule the varied year.
Winter. Line 1. Cruel as death, and hungry as the grave.
The kiss, snatched hasty from the side-long maid.
.These as they change, Almighty Father ! these
Hymn. Line 1.
Shade, unperceived, so softening into shade.
From seeming evil still educing good.
Come then, expressive silence, muse his praise.
Placed far amid the melancholy main.
Castle of Indolence. Canto i. Stansa 30. A little, round, fat, oily man of God.
Canto i. St. 69.
Rule Britannia, Britannia rules the waves ;
Alfred. Act i. Sc. 5
For ever, Fortune, wilt thou prove
An unrelenting foe to love;
Song, ‘For ever Fortune.' O Sophonisba ! Sophonisba, O !*
Sophonisba. Act iii. Sc. 2. Whoe'er amidst the sons Of reason, valour, liberty, and virtue, Displays distinguished merit, is a noble Of Nature's own creating. Coriolanus. Act iü. Sc. 3.
JOHN DYER. 1700-1758.
Grongar Hill. Line 103.
PHILIP DODDRIDGE. 1702-1751.
LIVE while you live, the epicure would say,
And seize the pleasures of the present day;
* The line was altered, after the second edition, to
O Sophonisba ! I am wholly thine.'