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There is no greater sign of a general decay of virtue in a nation, than a want of zeal in its inhabitants for the good of their country.
- Freeholder (no. 5) [Zeal]
Should the whole frame of nature round him break
In ruin and confusion hurled,
He, unconcerned, would hear the mighty crack,
And stand secure amidst a falling world.
- Horace--Ode III (bk. III) [Ruin]
When all thy mercies, O my God,
My rising soul surveys,
Transported with the view I'm lost,
In wonder, love and praise.
- Hymn [Mercy]
For whereso'er I turn my ravished eyes,
Gay gilded scenes and shining prospects rise;
Poetic fields encompass me around,
And still I seem to tread on classic ground.
- Letter from Italy [Italy]
Amidst the soft variety I'm lost.
- Letter from Italy (l. 100) [Variety]
Yet then from all my grief, O Lord,
Thy mercy set me free,
Whilst in the confidence of pray'r
My soul took hold on thee.
- Miscellaneous Poems--Divine Ode made by Gentleman on Conclusion of his Travels
(verse 6) [Prayer]
Let echo, too, perform her part,
Prolonging every note with art;
And in a low expiring strain,
Play all the comfort o'er again.
- Ode for St. Cecelia's Day [Echo]
The spacious firmament on high,
With all the blue ethereal sky,
And spangled heavens, a shining frame,
Their great Original proclaim.
Forever singing, as they shine,
The hand that made us is divine.
- Ode--The Spacious Firmament on High
Mysterious love, uncertain treasure,
Hast thou more of pain or pleasure!
. . . .
Endless torments dwell above thee:
Yet who would live, and live without thee!
- Rosamond (act III, sc. 2) [Love]
A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart, his next to escape the censures of the world.
- Sir Roger on the Bench [Heart : Proverbs]
And pleas'd th' Almighty's orders to perform,
Rides in the whirlwind and directs the storm.
- The Campaign [Providence]
Rides in the whirlwind, and directs the storm.
- The Campaign [Storms]
Great souls by instinct to each other turn,
Demand alliance, and in friendship burn.
- The Campaign (l. 102) [Friendship]
And those who paint 'em truest praise 'em most.
- The Campaign (last line) [Painting]
Why, a spirit is such a little, little thing, that I have heard man, who was a great scholar, say that he'll dance ye a hornpipe upon the point of a needle.
- The Drummer (act I, sc. 1) [Spirits]
We are growing serious, and, let me tell you, that's the very next step to being dull.
- The Drummer (act IV, sc. 6) [Stupidity]
There is nothing more requisite in business than dispatch.
- The Drummer (act V, sc. 1) [Business]
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