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SIR JOHN DENHAM
Irish poet
(1615 - 1669)
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Who fears not to do ill fears the name,
  And free from conscience, is a slave to fame.
      - Cooper's Hill (l. 129) [Fame]

O, could I flow like thee! and make thy stream
  My great example, as it is my theme;
    Though deep yet clear, though gentle yet not dull;
      Strong without rage, without o'erflowing full.
      - Cooper's Hill (l. 189) [Thames River]

Uncertain ways unsafest are,
  And doubt a greater mischief than despair.
      - Cooper's Hill (l. 399) [Doubt]

Darkness our guide, Despair our leader was.
      - Essay on Vergil's Aeneid [Despair]

Books should to one of these four ends conduce,
  For wisdom, piety, delight, or use.
      - Of Prudence [Books]

Youth, what man's age is like to be, doth show;
  We may our ends by our beginnings know.
      - Of Prudence (l. 225) [Youth]

Learn to live well, that thou may'st die so too;
  To live and die is all we have to do.
      - Of Prudence (l. 93) [Life]

'Tis the most certain sign, the world's accurst
  That the best things corrupted, are the worst;
    'Twas the corrupted Light of knowledge, hurl'd
      Sin, Death, and Ignorance o'er all the world;
        That Sun like this (from which our sight we have)
          Gaz'd on too long, resumes the light he gave.
      - Progress of Learning [Corruption]

I can no more believe old Homer blind,
  Than those who say the sun hath never shined;
    The age wherein he lived was dark, but he
      Could not want sight who taught the world to see.
      - Progress of Learning (l. 61) [Poets]

Actions of the last age are like almanacs of the last year.
      - The Sophy--A Tragedy [Action]


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