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As ever in my great Taskmaster's eye.
On his being arrived to the Age of Twenty-three The great Emathian conqueror bid spare The house of Pindarus, when temple and tower Went to the ground. When the Assault was intended to the City. That old man eloquent.
To the Lady Margaret Ley. That would have made Quintilian stare and gasp.
On the Detraction which followed upon my writing certain Treatises. License they mean when they cry, Liberty! For who loves that must first be wise and good.
Peace hath her victories No less renown'd than war. To the Lord General Cromwell. Ev’n them who kept thy truth so pure of old, When all our fathers worshipp'd stocks and stones.
On the late Massacre in Piedmont. Thousands at his bidding speed, And post o’er land and ocean without rest; They also serve who only stand and wait. On his Blindness. What neat repast shall feast us, light and choice, Of Attic taste ? In mirth that after no repenting draws.
Sonnet xxi. To Cyriac Skinner.
Yet I argue not
Sonnet xxi. Ibid.
On his Deceased Wife
To Mr. Laurence.
Have hung My dank and dropping weeds To the stern god of sea. Translation of Horace. Book i. Ode 5.
For such kind of borrowing as this, if it be not bettered by the borrower, among good authors is accounted Plagiarè.
Iconoclastes, xxiii. Truth is as impossible to be soiled by any outward touch as the sunbeam." Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce.
A poet soaring in the high reason of his fancies, with his garland and singing robes about him.
The Reason of Church Government. Introduction, Book ü. By labour and intent study (which I take to be my portion in this life), joined with the strong propensity of nature, I might perhaps leave something so written to after times as they should not willingly let it die. Ibid.
Beholding the bright countenance of truth in the quiet and still air of delightful studies.
Ibid. He who would not be frustrate of his hope to write well hereafter in laudable things ought himself to be a true poem.
Apology for Smectymnuus. His words, like so many nimble and airy servitors, trip about him at command.
Ibid. Litigious terms, fat contentions, and flowing fees.
Tractate of Education. I shall detain you no longer in the demonstration of what we should not do, but straight conduct ye to a hillside, where I will point ye out the right path of a virtuous and noble education ; laborious indeed at the first ascent, but else so smooth, so green, so full of goodly prospect and melodious sounds on every side that the harp of Orpheus was not more charming.
1 See Bacon, page 169.
Enflamed with the study of learning and the admi. ration of virtue; stirred up with high hopes of living to be brave men and worthy patriots, dear to God, and famous to all ages.
Tractate of Education. Ornate rhetorick taught out of the rule of Plato. ... To which poetry would be made subsequent, or indeed rather precedent, as being less suttle and fine, but more simple, sensuous, and passionate.
Ibid. In those vernal seasons of the year, when the air is calm and pleasant, it were an injury and sullenness against Nature not to go out and see her riches, and partake in her rejoicing with heaven and earth. Ibid. Attic tragedies of stateliest and most regal argument.
Ibid. As good almost kill a man as kill a good book : who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book kills reason itself.
Areopagitica. A good book is the precious life-blood of a masterspirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.
ibid. Seasoned life of man preserved and stored up in books.
• Ibid. I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat.
Ibid. Who shall silence all the airs and madrigals that whisper softness in chambers ?
Ibid. Methinks I see in my mind a noble and puissant nation rousing herself like a strong man after sleep, and shaking her invincible locks; methinks I see her as
an eagle mewing her mighty youth, and kindling her undazzled eyes at the full midday beam.
Areopagitica. Though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do ingloriously, by licensing and prohibiting, to misdoubt her strength. Let her and Falsehood grapple: who ever knew Truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter ? 1
Men of most renowned virtue have sometimes by transgressing most truly kept the law. Tetrachordon.
By this time, like one who had set out on his way by night, and travelled through a region of smooth or idle dreams, our history now arrives on the confines, where daylight and truth meet us with a clear dawn, representing to our view, though at a far distance, true colours and shapes.
The History of England. Book i. Such bickerings to recount, met often in these our writers, what more worth is it than to chronicle the wars of kites or crows flocking and fighting in the air ?
EDWARD HYDE CLARENDON. 1608-1674.
He [Hampden] had a head to contrive, a tongue to persuade, and a hand to execute any mischief.?
History of the Rebellion. Vol. ij. Book vii. $ 84.
1 Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it. — JEFFERSON : Inaugural Address.
3 In every deed of mischief he had a heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute. - Gibbon : Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, chap. xlviii.
Heart to conceive, the understanding to direct, or the hand to execute. From Junius, letter xxxvii. Feb. 14, 1770.
SIR JOHN SUCKLING. 1609–1641.
Her feet beneath her petticoat
As if they feared the light;
Ballad upon a Wedding
Prithee, why so pale ?
Looking ill prevail ?
Song. 'T is expectation makes a blessing dear; Heaven were not heaven if we knew what it were.
Against Fruition. She is pretty to walk with, And witty to talk with, And pleasant, too, to think on.
Brennoralt. Act i. Her face is like the milky way i’ the sky, A meeting of gentle lights without a name. Act i. But as when an authentic watch is shown, Each man winds up and rectifies his own, So in our very judgments.?
Aglaura. Epilogue. The prince of darkness is a gentleman.8 The Goblins.
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i See Herrick, page 202.
2 'T is with our judgments as our watches, — none
Pope : Essay on Criticism, part i. line 9. 8 See Shakespeare, page 147.