Miscellaneous Pieces, in Verse and Prose

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J. Dodsley, 1770 - 452 էջ

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Էջ 266 - Ignorance, or the want of knowledge and literature, the appointed lot of all born to poverty, and the drudgeries of life, is the only opiate capable of infusing that insensibility which can enable them to endure the miseries of the one and the fatigues of the other. It is a cordial administered by the gracious hand of Providence ; of which they ought never to be deprived by an ill-judged and improper education.
Էջ 20 - Quick bufy hands, and bridling heads declare, The fond impatience of the ftarting fair. And fee, the fprightly dance is now begun ! Now here, now there the giddy maze they run, Now with flow fteps they pace the circling ring, Now all confus'd, too fwift for fight they fpring : So, in a wheel with rapid fury tofs'd, Tho undiftinguim'd fpokes are in the motion loft.
Էջ 52 - He digs no longer in th' exhaufted mine, But feeks preferment, as the laft refort, Cringes each morn at levees, bows at court, And, from the hand he hates, implores fupport...
Էջ 30 - fquires: Attorneys, for a barley-ftraw, Whole ages hamper folks in law; And every neighbour's in a flame About their rates, or tythes, or game : Some quarrel for their hares and pigeons, And fome for difference in religions...
Էջ 279 - Evil ever so great, it could not be remedied but by one much greater, which is by living for ever ; by which means our...
Էջ 44 - ... us here, To guide our views to a fublimer fphere, In more exalted joys to fix our tafte, And wean us from delights that cannot laft. Our prefent good the eafy tafk is made, To earn fuperior blifs, when this...
Էջ 40 - Hence youth good-humour, frugal craft old-age, Warm politicians term It party-rage, True churchmen zeal right orthodox ; and hence Fools think it gravity, and wits pretence ; To conftancy alone fond lovers join it, And maids unafk'd to chaftity confine it. But have we then no law befides our will ? No juft criterion fix'd to good and ill ? As well at noon we may...
Էջ 218 - ... and a great room is added behind to dine in, which, was it ever inhabited, would make all the little ones appear ftill lefs : but having never yet been...
Էջ 34 - O'er all the rolling orbs on high, Vifit new worlds, and for a minute This old one fcorn...
Էջ 23 - Ah, thoughtlefs fair ! the tempting draught refufe, When thus fore-warn'd by my experienc'd Mufe ; Let the fad confequence your thoughts employ, Nor hazard future pains, for prefent joy, Deftruftion lurks within the pois'nous dofe, A fatal fever, or a pimpled nofe. Thus thro...

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