A Letter to Mr. Mason: On the Marks of Imitation

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W. Thurlbourn & J. Woodyer, 1757 - 76 pages

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Page 30 - Created half to rise, and half to fall: Great lord of all things, yet a prey to all; Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurl'd; The glory jest, and riddle of the world!
Page 43 - Wisdom's self Oft seeks to sweet retired solitude ; Where, with her best nurse, Contemplation, She plumes her feathers, and lets grow her wings, That in the various bustle of resort Were all too ruffled, and sometimes impair'd. He that has light within his own clear breast, May sit i...
Page 7 - In the sun's orb, made porous to receive And drink the liquid light ; firm to retain Her gather'd beams, great palace now of light. Hither, as to their fountain, other stars Repairing, in their golden urns draw light...
Page 57 - Oh, think what anxious moments pass between The birth of plots, and their last fatal periods! Oh, 'tis a dreadful interval of time, Fill'd up with horror all, and big with death...
Page 43 - Bear me, some god ! oh quickly bear me hence To wholesome solitude, the nurse of sense ; Where Contemplation prunes her ruffled wings, And the free soul looks down to pity kings ! There sober thought pursued th' amusing theme, Till fancy colour'd it, and form'da dream.
Page 55 - Th' adventure of the bear and fiddle Is sung, but breaks off in the middle. When civil fury first grew high, And men fell out, they knew not why; When hard words, jealousies, and fears, Set folks together by the ears, And made them fight, like mad or drunk, For Dame Religion, as for punk...
Page 17 - His honour and the greatness of his name Shall be, and make new nations ; he shall flourish, And, like a mountain cedar, reach his branches To all the plains about him ; our children's children Shall see this and bless heaven.
Page 23 - And turn the Adamantine fpindle round, On which the fate of gods and men is wound.
Page 20 - To lie in coldobftruftion, and to rot ; This fenfible warm motion to become A kneaded clod ; and the delighted fpirit To bathe in fiery floods...
Page 33 - Superior beings, when of late they faw A mortal Man unfold all Nature's Law, Admir'd fuch wifdom in an earthly fhape, And fhew'da NEWTON as we fhew an Ape. Could he, whofe rules the rapid Comet bind, 35 Defcribe or fix one movement of his Mind ? Who faw its fires here rife, and there...

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