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Live while you live, the sacred preacher cries,
I live in pleasure, when I live to thee.
Epigram on his Family Arts.*
ROBERT DODSLEY. 1703-1764.
NE kind kiss before we part,
Though we sever, my fond heart
Till we meet shall pant for you.
The Parting Kiss.
JOHN BROWN. 1715-1765.
Now let us thank the Eternal Power : convinced
That Heaven but tries our virtue by affliction, That oft the cloud which wraps the present hour, Serves but to brighten all our future days.
Barbarossa. Act. v. Sc. 3.
SAMUEL JOHNSON. 1709-1784.
VANITY OF HUMAN WISHES.
ET observation with extensive view
Survey mankind, from China to Peru.
* From ORTON's Life of Doddridge.
There mark what ills the scholar's life assail,-
He left a name, at which the world grew pale,
To point a moral, or adorn a tale.
Hides from himself his state, and shuns to know
That life protracted is protracted woe.
Superfluous lags the veteran on the stage.
From Marlborough's eyes the tears of dotage flow,
Catch, then, O catch the transient hour;
Winter. An Ode.
Of all the griefs that harass the distressed,
This mournful truth is everywhere confessed,
Each change of many-coloured life he drew,
Prologue on the Opening of Drury Lane Theatre.
And panting Time toiled after him in vain.
Prologue on the Opening of Drury Lane Theatre. For we that live to please must please to live.
How small, of all that human hearts endure,
Our own felicity we make or find.
With secret course, which no loud storms annoy,
Lines added to Goldsmith's Traveller.
Trade's proud empire hastes to swift decay.
Line added to Goldsmith's Deserted Village.
Ye who listen with credulity to the whispers of fancy, and pursue with eagerness the phantoms of hope; who expect that age will perform the promises of youth, and that the deficiencies of the present day will be supplied by the morrow; attend to the history of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia. Rasselas. Chap. i.
Words are men's daughters, but God's sons are things.* From Dr. Madden's " Boulter's Monument." Supposed to have been inserted by Dr. Johnson, 1745.
In Misery's darkest cavern known,
His useful care was ever nigh,
Where hopeless Anguish poured his groan,
And lonely Want retired to die.
Epitaph on Robert Levett.
HERBERT. Facula Prudentum.
* Words are women, deeds are men.
Words are women, and deeds are men.
SIR THOMAS BODLEY. Letter to his Librarian, 1604.
Words are for women; actions for men.
THOMAS FULLER. Gnomologia.
Phillips, whose touch harmonious could remove
Epitaph on Claudius Phillips, the Musician.
A Poet, Naturalist, and Historian,
Who left scarcely any style of writing untouched,
Hell is paved with good intentions.†
Epitaph on Goldsmith.
Boswell's Life of Johnson. Ibid.
Who drives fat oxen should himself be fat.‡
Claret is the liquor for boys; port for men; but he
who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy.
If the man who turnips cries,
A good hater.
Nullum quod tetigit non ornavit.
FENELON. Eulogy on Cicero.
Whatever subject he either speaks or writes upon, he adorns it with the most splendid eloquence.
CHESTERFIELD's Letters. Vol. ii. p. 289.
HERBERT. Jacula Prudentum.
+ Hell is full of good meanings and wishings.
Parody on the line in Brooke's Gustavus Vasa. First edition :-'Who rules o'er freemen should himself be free.'
LORD LYTTELTON. 1709-1773.
'OR his chaste Muse employed her heaven-taught lyre
None but the noblest passions to inspire,
Not one immoral, one corrupted thought,
Prologue to Thomson's Coriolanus.
Where none admire, 't is useless to excel;
Soliloquy on a Beauty in the Country.
Alas! by some degree of woe
We every bliss must gain ;
The heart can ne'er a transport know,
That never feels a pain.
EDWARD MOORE. 1712-1757.
'AN'T I another's face commend,
And to her virtues be a friend,
But instantly your forehead lowers,
As if her merit lessened yours?
Fable ix. The Farmer, the Spaniel, and the Cat.
The maid who modestly conceals
Her beauties while she hides, reveals;