Letters of Mr. Pope, and Several Eminent Persons, from the Year 1705, to 1711

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booksellers of London and Westminster, 1735

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Page 194 - L. walked with me three or four hours by moonlight, and we met no creature of any quality but the King, who gave audience to the vicechamberlain all alone under the garden wall.
Page 106 - HAPPY the man whose wish and care A few paternal acres bound, Content to breathe his native air, In his own ground ; Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread, Whose flocks supply him with attire ; Whose trees in Summer yield him shade, In Winter fire.
Page 65 - People seek for what they call wit, on all subjects, and in all places ; not considering that nature loves truth so well, that it hardly ever admits of flourishing : Conceit is to nature what paint is to beauty ; it is not only needless, but impairs what it would improve.
Page 107 - ... shade. In winter fire. Blest, who can unconcern'dly find Hours, days, and years slide soft away. In health of body, peace of mind, Quiet by day. Sound sleep by night; study and ease, Together mixt; sweet recreation: And innocence, which most does please With meditation.
Page 197 - I wanted nothing but a black gown and a salary, to be as mere a book-worm as any there. I...
Page 113 - Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends...
Page 194 - As soon as they can wipe off the sweat of the day, they must simper an hour, and catch cold, in the princess's apartment : from thence (as Shakespear has it) to dinner, with what appetite they may and after that, till midnight, walk, work, or think, which they please.
Page 73 - Niceties, which, tho' not much obferved even by eon-eft verfifiers, I cannot but think, deferve to be better regarded. i . It is not enough that nothing offends the ear, but a good Poet will adapt the very Sounds, as well as Words, to the thing he treats of.
Page 67 - A mutual commerce makes Poetry flourish; but then Poets like Merchants, shou'd repay with something of their own what they take from others; not like Pyrates, make prize of all they meet.
Page 79 - Such was Roscommon, not more learn'd than good, With manners gen'rous as his noble blood; To him the wit of Greece and Rome was known, And ev'ry author's merit, but his own. Such late was Walsh — the Muse's judge and friend, Who justly knew to blame or to commend; To failings mild, but zealous for desert; The clearest head, and the sincerest heart.

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