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Sida 20 - The English have only to boast of Spenser and Milton, who neither of them wanted either genius or learning to have been perfect poets; and yet both of them are liable to many censures.
Sida 80 - It is asking from them what we cannot restore to them. There are only two reasons, for which we may be permitted to write lampoons; and I will not promise that they can always justify us : the first is revenge, when we have been affronted in the same nature, or have been any ways notoriously abused, and can make ourselves no other reparation.
Sida 22 - JUVENILIA, or verses written in his youth ; where his rhyme is always constrained and forced, and comes hardly from him, at an age when the soul is most pliant, and the passion of love makes almost every man a rhymer, though not a poet.
Sida 95 - How easy it is to call rogue and villain, and that wittily ! But how hard to make a man appear a fool, a blockhead, or a knave, without using any of those opprobrious terms...
Sida 10 - You equal Donne in the variety, multiplicity, and choice of thoughts ; you excel him in the manner, and the words. I read you both, with the same admiration, but not with the same delight.
Sida 7 - Good sense and good nature are never separated, though the ignorant world has thought otherwise. Good nature, by which I mean beneficence and candour, is the product of right reason; which of necessity will give allowance to the failings of others, by considering that there is nothing perfect in mankind...
Sida 113 - Had I time, I could enlarge on the beautiful turns of words and thoughts, which are as requisite in this, as in heroic poetry itself, of which the satire is undoubtedly a species.
Sida 39 - Adam and Eve in Paradise, the husband and wife excused themselves by laying the blame on one another, and gave a beginning to those conjugal dialogues in prose, which the poets have perfected in verse. The third chapter of Job is one of the first instances of this poem in Holy Scripture, unless we will take it higher, from the latter end of the second — where his wife advises him to curse his Maker.
Sida 191 - What beauty or what chastity can bear So great a price ? If stately and severe, She still insults, and you must still adore ; Grant that the honey's much, the gall is more. Upbraided with the virtues she displays, Seven hours in twelve, you loath the wife you praise: