The Works of the English Poets: With Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, Volume 25

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H. Hughs, 1779
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Page 5 - I could otherwise delight to dwell, I mean your judgment in your choice of friends, because I have the honour to be one: after which, I am sure, you will more easily permit me to be silent in the care you have taken of my fortune, which you have rescued not only from the power of others, but from my worst of enemies, my own modesty and laziness...
Page 12 - Their fears eclipfe the glory of their grave : Before thy face they make indecent moan, And feel a hundred deaths in fearing one : Thy flame becomes unhallow'd in their breaft, And he a murderer who was a prieft.
Page 59 - O you pow'rs above, How rude I am in all the arts of love! My hand is yet untaught to write to men: This is th...
Page 77 - But fome fad accident, tho' yet unknown, Parting this pair, to leave the fwain alone ; He ftrait grows jealous, tho' we know not why ; Then, to oblige his rival, needs will die : But firft he makes a...
Page 3 - Poetry," which was published without a name, and of which I was not honoured with the confidence, I read over and over with much delight and as much instruction, and without flattering you, or making myself more moral than I am, not without some envy.
Page 56 - I'll not complain; for who's displeas'd with love, If it sincere, discreet, and constant prove? But that I fear ; not that I think you base, Or doubt the blooming beauties of my face ; But all your sex is subject to deceive, And ours alas, too willing to believe. Yet others yield; and love o'ercomes the best: But why should I not shine above the rest?
Page 173 - Ungrateful nymphs ! and, though a god, ador'd ' When could my wit, my beauty, or my youth, Move one hard heart ? or mov'd, fecure its truth...
Page 74 - tis a bold pretence To judgment, breeding, wit, and eloquence : Nay more ; for they must look within, to find Those secret turns of nature in the mind : Without this part, in vain would be the whole, And but a body all, without a soul.
Page 232 - Wycherley, every thing is masculine ; his Muse is not led forth as to a review, but as to a battle ; not adorned for parade, but execution ; he would be tried by the sharpness of his blade, and not by the finery ; like your heroes of antiquity, he charges in iron, and seems to despise all ornament but...
Page 139 - Beauty, and so wide the fame, Which, like our flag upon the seas, gives law By right avow'd, and keeps the world in awe* Our gallant kings, of whom large annals prove The mighty deeds...

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