The works of the English poets. With prefaces, biographical and critical, by S. Johnson, Volume 13

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Page 8 - For rhetoric, he could not ope His mouth, but out there flew a trope ; And when he happen'd to break off I...
Page 6 - t has been held by many, that As Montaigne, playing with his cat, Complains she thought him but an ass, Much more she would Sir Hudibras.
Page 120 - In all the trade of war no feat Is nobler than a brave retreat : For those that run away, and fly, Take place at least o' the
Page 148 - Thou hast most traitorously corrupted the youth of the realm in erecting a grammar school: and whereas, before, our forefathers had no other books but the score and the tally, thou hast caused printing to be used ; and, contrary to the king, his crown, and dignity, thou hast built a paper-mill.
Page 130 - But cannot blur my lost renown : I am not now in Fortune's power, He that is down can fall no lower. The ancient heroes were illustrious For being benign, and not blustrous Against a vanquish'd foe ; their swords Were sharp and trenchant, not their words ; And did in fight but cut work out T' employ their courtesies about.
Page 27 - Still they are sure to be i' th' right. 'Tis a dark lantern of the Spirit, Which none see by but those that bear it ; A light that falls down from on high, For spiritual trades to cozen by ; An ignis fatuus, that bewitches, And leads men into pools and ditches...
Page 29 - He took her naked, all alone, Before one rag of form was on. The Chaos, too, he had descry'd, And seen quite through, or else he ly'd : Not that of Pasteboard, which men shew 565 For groats at fair of Barthol'mew ; But its great grandsire, first o...
Page 7 - tis known he could speak Greek As naturally as pigs squeak ; That Latin was no more difficile, Than to a blackbird 'tis to whistle : Being rich in both, he never scanted His bounty unto such as wanted; But much of either would afford To many, that had not one word.
Page 24 - The beast was sturdy, large, and tall, With mouth of meal, and eyes of wall ; I would say eye, for he' had but one, As most agree, though some say none.
Page 29 - As well as they themselves do words ; Could tell what subtlest parrots mean, That speak and think contrary clean ; What member 'tis of whom they talk When they cry ' Rope, ' and

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