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" Like mine, thy gentle numbers feebly creep ; Thy Tragic Muse gives smiles ; thy Comic, sleep. With whate'er gall thou sett'st thyself to write, Thy inoffensive satires never bite. In thy felonious heart though venom lies, It does but touch thy Irish pen,... "
The Works of John Dryden: Now First Collected ... - Page 440
by John Dryden, Walter Scott - 1808
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W.H. Auden's Book of Light Verse

Wystan Hugh Auden - 2004 - 553 pages
...tympany of sense. A tun of man in thy large bulk is writ, But sure thou'rt but a kilderkin of wit. Like mine thy gentle numbers feebly creep; Thy tragic...smiles, thy comic sleep. With whate'er gall thou sett'st thy self to write, Thy inoffensive satires never bite. In thy felonious heart though venom lies, It...
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The Pleasure of Poetry: Reading and Enjoying British Poetry from Donne to Burns

Nicolas H. Nelson - 2006 - 267 pages
...fact, to produce the opposite of his intentions: Like mine, thy gentle numbers feebly creep; verses Thy tragic Muse gives smiles, thy comic sleep. With...venom lies, It does but touch thy Irish pen, and dies. (197-202) Thus Shadwell's artistic power, like Flecknoe's, is nonexistent, though he thinks it is great....
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