Miscellanies of literature, by the author of 'Curiosities of literature'.

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Strona 196 - Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer, And without sneering, teach the rest to sneer; Willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike, Just hint a fault and hesitate dislike...
Strona 69 - But Appius reddens at each word you speak, And stares, tremendous, with a threatening eye, Like some fierce tyrant in old tapestry.
Strona 401 - For not on downy plumes, nor under shade Of canopy reposing, fame is won; Without which whosoe'er consumes his days, Leaveth such vestige of himself on earth, As smoke in air or foam upon the wave.
Strona 67 - They are always in earnest, and think their profession serious, and dwell upon trifles, and reverence learning. I laugh at all these things, and write only to laugh at them and divert myself. None of us are authors of any consequence, and it is the most ridiculous of all vanities to be vain of being mediocre.
Strona 126 - Love framed with Mirth a gay fantastic round : Loose were her tresses seen, her zone unbound; And he, amidst his frolic play, As if he would the charming air repay, Shook thousand odours from his dewy wings.
Strona 70 - Should Dennis publish you had stabb'd your brother, Lampoon'd your monarch, or debauch'd your mother ; Say, what revenge on Dennis can be had, Too dull for laughter, for reply too mad ? On one so poor you cannot take the law, On one so old your sword you scorn to draw, Uncag'd then, let the harmless monster rage, Secure in dulness, madness, want, and age.
Strona 411 - I feel, and shall continue to feel, that domestic solitude, however it may be alleviated by the world, by study,' and even by friendship, is a comfortless state, which will grow more painful as I descend in the vale of years.
Strona 240 - At his majesty's happy J-eturn, JM did partake, even as you yourself, did, - for all your huffing, of his regal clemency, and has ever since expiated himself in a retired silence.
Strona 136 - For what other reason have I spent my life in so unprofitable a study ? why am I grown old, in seeking so barren a reward as fame ? The same parts and application, which have made me a poet, might have raised me to any honours of the gown, which are often given to men of as little learning and less honesty than myself.
Strona 342 - His lieutenant here ye should remain : Reward the just ; be steadfast, true, and plain ; Repress the proud, maintaining aye the right ; Walk always so as ever in His sight, Who guards the godly, plaguing the profane. And so ye shall in princely virtues shine, Resembling right your mighty King divine.

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