The Poetical Works of John Dryden, المجلد 1

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Little, Brown,, 1854
 

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الصفحة 147 - Stiff in opinions, always in the wrong, Was everything by starts and nothing long ; But in the course of one revolving moon Was chemist, fiddler, statesman, and buffoon ; Then all for women, painting, rhyming, drinking, Besides ten thousand freaks that died in thinking.
الصفحة 147 - For, spite of him, the weight of business fell On Absalom and wise Achitophel: Thus, wicked but in will, of means bereft, He left not faction, but of that was left.
الصفحة 146 - Some of their chiefs were princes of the land ; In the first rank of these did Zimri ' stand, A man so various that he seemed to be Not one, but all mankind's epitome : Stiff in opinions, always in the wrong, Was everything by starts and nothing long ; But in the course of one revolving moon Was...
الصفحة 128 - Of whatsoe'er descent their godhead be, Stock, stone, or other homely pedigree, In his defence his servants are as bold, As if he had been born of beaten gold.
الصفحة 47 - And certainly, as those who, in a logical dispute, keep in general terms, would hide a fallacy, so those who do it in any poetical description, would veil their ignorance.
الصفحة 147 - Then all for women, painting, rhyming, drinking, Besides ten thousand freaks that died in thinking. Blest madman, who could every hour employ With something new to wish or to enjoy ! Railing and praising were his usual themes, And both to show his judgment, in extremes : So over violent or over civil, That every man with him was God or devil. In squandering wealth was his peculiar art ; Nothing went unrewarded but desert, Beggared by fools whom still he found too late, He had his jest, and they had...
الصفحة 148 - ... twere tedious to rehearse Of lords below the dignity of verse : Wits, warriors, common wealths-men, were the best ; Kind husbands, and mere nobles all the rest. And, therefore, in the name of dulness, be The well-hung Balaam and cold Caleb free ; And canting Nadab let oblivion damn, Who made new porridge for the paschal lamb.
الصفحة 150 - Thus heaping wealth by the most ready way Among the Jews, which was to cheat and pray, The City, to reward his pious hate Against his master, chose him magistrate. His hand a vare of justice did uphold, His neck was loaded with a chain of gold. During his office treason was no crime, The sons of Belial had a glorious time...
الصفحة 146 - Gainst form and order they their power employ, Nothing to build and all things to destroy. But far more numerous was the herd of such Who think too little and who talk too much. These out of mere instinct, they knew not why, Adored their fathers...
الصفحة 132 - ... a daring pilot in extremity, pleased with the danger when the waves went high, he sought the storms ; but for a calm unfit would steer too nigh the sands to boast his wit.

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