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Half our knowledge we must snatch, not take.

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'T is from high life high characters are drawn ; A saint in crape is twice a saint in lawn.

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'T is education forms the common mind: Just as the twig is bent the tree's inclined.

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Manners with fortunes, humours turn with climes,
Tenets with books, and principles with times.*

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Odious! in woollen ! 't would a saint provoke,
Were the last words that poor Narcissa spoke.

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And you, brave Cobham! to the latest breath
Shall feel your ruling passion strong in death.

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Whether the charmer sinner it, or saint it,
If folly grow romantic, I must paint it.

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Choose a firm cloud before it fall, and in it
Catch, ere she change, the Cynthia of this minute.

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Fine by defect, and delicately weak.

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With too much quickness ever to be taught ;
With too much thinking to have common thought.
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To heirs unknown descends th' unguarded store,
Or wanders, heaven-directed, to the poor.


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* Tempora mutantur nos et mutamur in illis.


Virtue she finds too painful an endeavour,

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Men, some to business, some to pleasure take;

But every woman is at heart a rake.

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See how the world its veterans rewards!

A youth of frolics, an old age of cards.

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Oh! blessed with temper, whose unclouded ray
Can make to-morrow cheerful as to-day.

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She who ne'er answers till a husband cools,
Or, if she rules him, never shows she rules.

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And mistress of herself, though china fall.

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Woman's at best a contradiction still. Epistle ii. Line 270.

Who shall decide, when doctors disagree,
And soundest casuists doubt, like you and me?

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Blest paper-credit! last and best supply!
That lends corruption lighter wings to fly.

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But thousands die without or this or that,
Die, and endow a college or a cat.

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The ruling passion, be it what it will,
The ruling passion conquers reason still.

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Extremes in nature equal good produce.

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Rise, honest muse! and sing the man of Ross.

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Who builds a church to God, and not to fame,
Will never mark the marble with his name.

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Good sense, which only is the gift of Heaven,
And though no science, fairly worth the seven.

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To rest, the cushion and soft dean invite,
Who never mentions hell to ears polite.*

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'Tis with our judgments as our watches, none Go just alike, yet each believes his own.+

One science only will one genius fit;
So vast is art, so narrow human wit.

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And snatch a grace beyond the reach of art.

Pride, the never failing vice of fools.

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* In the reign of Charles II. a certain worthy divine at Whitehall thus addressed himself to the auditory at the conclusion of his sermon :-' In short, if you don't live up to the precepts of the gospel, but abandon yourselves to your irregular appetites, you must expect to receive your reward in a certain place, which 't is not good manners to mention here.' -TOM BROWN. Laconics.

But as when an authentic watch is shown,
Each man winds up and rectifies his own,

So in our very judgments, &c.

SUCKLING. Epilogue to Aglaura.

A little learning is a dangerous thing;

Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring :*
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
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Hills peep o'er hills, and Alps on Alps arise.

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Whoever thinks a faultless piece to see,
Thinks what ne'er was, nor is, nor e'er shall be.†
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True wit is nature to advantage dressed,
What oft was thought, but ne'er so well expressed.

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Words are like leaves; and where they most abound, Much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found.

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Such laboured nothings, in so strange a style.

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In words, as fashions, the same rule will hold,
Alike fantastic, if too new or old :

Be not the first by whom the new are tried,

Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.

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These equal syllables alone require,

Though oft the ear the open vowels tire,
While expletives their feeble aid to join,
And ten low words oft creep in one dull line.

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* A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.

LORD BACON. Essay on Atheism.

† 'High characters,' cries one, and he would see
Things that ne'er were, nor are, nor e'er will be.
SUCKLING. Epilogue to the Goblins.

A needless Alexandrine ends the song,

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True ease in writing comes from art, not chance,
As those move easiest who have learned to dance.
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The sound must seem an echo to the sense :
Soft is the strain when zephyr gently blows,
And the smooth stream in smoother numbers flows;
But when loud surges lash the sounding shore,
The hoarse rough verse should like the torrent roar.
When Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to throw,
The line too labours, and the words move slow;
Not so, when swift Camilla scours the plain,
Flies o'er th' unbending corn, and skims along the


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For fools admire, but men of sense approve.

Envy will merit as its shade pursue,

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But like a shadow, proves the substance true.

To err is human, to forgive divine.

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All seems infected that th' infected spy,
As all looks yellow to the jaundiced eye.

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And make each day a critic on the last.

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* Solvuntur tardosque trahit sinus ultimus orbes.
VIRGIL. Georgics, Lib. iii. 424.

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