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Live while you live, the sacred preacher cries,
Epigram on his Family Ar.:1s.*
ROBERT DODSLEY. 1703-1764.
NE kind kiss before we part,
Drop a tear and bid adieu ; Though we sever, my fond heart
Till we meet shall pant for you.
The Parting K'iss.
JOHN BROWN. 1715-1765.
OW 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. Line 1.
* 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,
Hides from himself his state, and shuns to know
Superfluous lags the veteran on the stage.
From Marlborough's eyes the tears of dotage flow,
Roll darkling down the torrent of his fate.
Catch, then, O catch the transient hour ;
Improve each moment as it flies; Life's a short summer--man a flower
He dies-alas! how soon he dies.
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. Ibid.
How small, of all that human hearts endure,
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.
Wo 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.
His useful care was ever nigh,
Epitaph on Robert Levett.
* Words are women, deeds are men.
HERBERT. Jacula Prudentum. Words are women, and deeds are men.
SIR THOMAS BODLEY. Letter to his Librarian, 1604. Words are for women ; actions for men.
THOMAS FULLER. Gronologia.
Phillips, whose touch harmonious could remove
Epitaph on Claudius Phillips, the Musician.
Epitaph on Goldsmith. Hell is paved with good intentions."
Boswell's Life of Johnson. Ibid. Who drives fat oxen should himself be fat.I
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,
Johnsoniana. Piozzi 30.
Ibid. Piozzi 39.
* 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. + Hell is full of good meanings and wishings.
HERBERT. Facula Prudentum. 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
Prologue to Thomson's Coriolanus.
Epigram. Where none admire, 't is useless to excel ; Where none are beaux, 't is vain to be a belle.
Soliloquy on a Beauty in the Country.
We every bliss must gain ;
EDWARD MOORE. 1712-1757.
CAN'T I another's face commend,
And to her virtues be a friend,
Fable ix. The Farmer, the Spaniel, and the Cat.