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JOHN DRYDEN
English poet and dramatist
(1631 - 1700)
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Let old Timotheus yield the prize
  Or both divide the crown;
    He rais'd a mortal to the skies
      She drew an angel down.
      - Alexander's Feast (last st.) [Angels]

The god-like hero sate
  On his imperial throne:
    His valiant peers were placed around,
      Their brows with roses and with myrtles bound
        (So should desert in arms be crowned).
          The lovely Thais by his side,
            Sate like a blooming Eastern bride
              In flower of youth and beauty's pride.
                Happy, happy, happy pair!
                  None but the brave,
                    None but the brave,
                      None but the brave deserve the fair.
      - Alexander's Feast (st. 1) [Bravery]

Deserted, at his utmost need,
  By those his former bounty fed;
    On the bare earth exposed he lies,
      With not a friend to close his eyes.
      - Alexander's Feast (st. 4) [Ingratitude]

Give, you gods,
  Give to your boy, your Caesar,
    The rattle of a globe to play withal,
      This gewgaw world, and put him cheaply off;
        I'll not be pleased with less than Cleopatra.
      - All for Love (act II, sc. 1) [Love]

Men are but children of a larger growth,
  Our appetites as apt to change as theirs,
    And full of cravings too, and full as vain.
      - All for Love (act IV, sc. 1) [Man]

Welcome, thou kind deceiver!
  Thou best of thieves! who, with an easy key,
    Dost open life, and, unperceived by us,
      Even steal us from ourselves.
      - All for Love (act V, sc. 1) [Death]

Errors, like straws, upon the surface flow;
  He who would search for pearls, must dive below.
      - All for Love (prologue) [Error]

A knock-down argument; 'tis but a word and a blow.
      - Amphitryon (act I, sc. 1) [Argument]

Whistling to keep myself from being afraid.
      - Amphitryon (act III, sc. 1) [Courage]

You know I met you,
  Kist you, and prest you close within my arms,
    With all the tenderness of wifely love.
      - Amphitryon (act III, sc. 1) [Wives]

The true Amphitryon.
      - Amphitryon (act IV, sc. 1) [Eating]

By viewing nature, nature's handmaid, art,
  Makes mighty things from small beginnings grow;
    That fishes first to shipping did impart,
      Their tail the rudder, and their head the prow.
      - Annus Mirabilis (st. 155) [Nature]

And all at Worcester but the honour lost.
      - Astraea Redux [Honor]

(Time) with his silent sickle.
      - Astroea Redux (l. 110) [Time]

Roused by the lash of his own stubborn tail,
  Our lion now will foreign foes assail.
      - Astroea Redux (l. 117) [England]

The winds that never moderation knew,
  Afraid to blow too much, too faintly blew;
    Or out of breath with joy, could not enlarge
      Their straighten'd lungs or conscious of their charge.
      - Astroea Redux (l. 242) [Wind]

At home the hateful names of parties cease,
  And factious souls are wearied into peace.
      - Astroea Redux (l. 312) [Peace]

A horrid stillness first invades the ear,
  And in that silence we the tempest fear.
      - Astroea Redux (l. 7) [Silence]

He made all countries where he came his own.
      - Astroea Redux (l. 76) [Love of Country]

Youth should watch joys and shoot them as they fly.
      - Aureng-Zebe (act III, sc. 1) [Youth]

'Tis not for nothing that we life pursue;
  It pays our hopes with something still that's new.
      - Aureng-Zebe (act IV, sc. 1) [Life]

Trust on and think To-morrow will repay;
  To-morrow's falser than the former day;
    Lies worse; and while it says, we shall be blest
      With some new Joys, cuts off what we possest.
      - Aureng-zebe (act IV, sc. 1) [Tomorrow]

When I consider life, 'tis all a cheat;
  Yet, fooled with hope, men favour the deceit.
      - Aureng-Zebe (act IV, sc. 1) [Life]

Death in itself is nothing; but we fear
  To be we know not what, we know not where.
      - Aurengzebe (act IV, sc. 1) [Death]

Our vows are heard betimes! and Heaven takes care
  To grant, before we can conclude the prayer:
    Preventing angels met it half the way,
      And sent us back to praise, who came to pray.
      - Britannia Rediviva (first lines) [Prayer]


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