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2 Aut insanit homo, aut versus facit. The man is either mad or he is making
verses. HoRACE—Satires. II. 7. 117.
3 Was ever poet so trusted before! so Johnson—Boswell's Life of Johnson. 1774
4 For a good poet's made, as well as born. BEN Jonson—To the Memory of Shakespeare. Trans. of Solus aut rex aut poeta non quotannis nascitur. FLORUS—De Qualitate Witae. Fragment. VIII. Poeta nascitur non fit. The poet is born not made. Earliest use in CAELIUS RHoDIGINUs—Lectiones Antiquae. I. VII. Ch. IV. P. 225. (Ed. 1525) 5 O'tis a very sin For one so weak to venture his poor verse In such a place as this. KEATs—Endymion. Bk. III. L. 965.
6 Much have I travell'd in the realms of gold, And many goodly states and kingdoms seen; Round many western islands have I been Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold. Oft of one wide expanse had I been told That deep-brow'd Homer ruled as his demesne, Yet did I never breathe its pure serene Till Iheard Chapman speak out loud and bold: Then felt I like some watcher of the skies When a new planet swims into his ken; Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes He stared at the Pacific, and all his men Look'd at each other with a wild surmise— Silent, upon a in Darien. KEATs. looking into CHAPMAN's HoMER. Cortez confused with Balboa.
7 Jechantais commel'oiseau gémit. I was singing as a bird mourns. LAMARTINE–Le Poète Mourant. (See also TENNYSON)
For next to being a great poet is the power of understanding one.
LoNGFELLow—Hyperion. Bk. II. Ch. III.
9. All that is best in the great poets of all coun
tries is not what is national in them, but what
is universal. LoNGFELLow—Kavanagh. Ch. XX.
id For voices pursue him by day, And haunt him by #o And he listens, and n must obey, When the Angel says: “Write!” LoNGFELLow—L'Envoi. The Poet and His Songs. St. 7. 11 Like the river, swift and clear, Flows his song through many a heart. Jongfellow—Oliver Basselin. St. 11.
1 13 Most wretched men Poets like pai , thus unskill'd to trace Are cradled into poetry by wrong; The naked nature and the living grace, They learn in suffering what they teach in song. With gold and jewels coverevery part, SHELLEY-Julian and Maddalo. L. 556.
And hide with ornaments their want of art. Pope—Essay on Criticism. L. 293.
19 lo.o.o.o.o. the Hub, the King Pin, the Main Spring, Mogul, and §. the final plot by which partisanship was installed in the Commission. Isa Ac H. BROMLEY-Editorial in the New York Tribune. Feb. 16, 1877. (See also PortER) 20 It is necessary that I should qualify the doctrine of its being not men, but measures, that I am determined to support. In a monarchy it is the duty of parliament to look at the men as well as at the measures. LoRD BRough AM—In the House of Commons. Nov., 1830. (See also BURKE, CANNING, GoLDSMITH) 21 We are Republicans, and don't propose to leave our party and identify ourselves with the party whose antecedents have been Rum, Romanism, and Rebellion. SAMUEL D. BURCHARD-One of the Deputation visiting Mr. Blaine. Oct. 29, 1884.
22 You had that action and counteraction which, in the natural and in the P. world, from the reciprocal struggle of discordant powers draws out the harmony of the universe. BURKE—Reflexions on the Revolution in France. Vol. III. P. 277.