The Miscellaneous Works: Containing All His Original Poems, Tales, and Translations, Volym 4
J. and R. Tonson, 1760
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Sida 306 - Look round the habitable world, how few Know their own good, or knowing it pursue.
Sida 212 - 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 76 - I take imitation of an author in their sense to be an endeavour of a later poet to write like one who has written before him on the same subject: that is, not to translate his words, or to be confined to his sense, but only to set him as a pattern, and to write as he supposes that author would have done had he lived in our age, and in our country.
Sida 6 - As well he may compare the day with night. Night is indeed the province of his reign: Yet all his dark exploits no more contain, Than a spy taken, and a sleeper slain...
Sida 213 - Neither is it true, that this fineness of raillery is offensive. A witty man is tickled while he is hurt in this manner, and a fool feels it not.
Sida 166 - Spenser; he aims at the accomplishment of no one action; he raises up a hero for every one of his adventures, and endows each of them with...
Sida 213 - ... there is still a vast difference betwixt the slovenly butchering of a man, and the fineness of a stroke that separates the head from the body, and leaves it standing in its place. A man may be capable, as Jack Ketch's wife said of his servant, of a plain piece of work, a bare hanging; but to make a malefactor die sweetly was only belonging to her husband.
Sida 77 - ... poesie is of so subtle a spirit, that in pouring out of one language into another, it will all evaporate ; and if a new spirit be not added in the transfusion, there will remain nothing but a caput mortuum...
Sida 42 - Not so the Golden Age, who fed on fruit, Nor durst with bloody meals their mouths pollute. Then birds in airy space might safely move. And...
Sida 288 - Provide against th' extremities of want ; But womankind, that never knows a mean, Down to the dregs their sinking fortune drain : Hourly they give, and spend, and waste, and wear : And think no pleasure can be bought too dear. There are, who in...