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PETER PINDAR
(PSEUDONYM OF DR. JOHN WOLCOT) (WOLCOTT)
English physician and satiric poet
(1738 - 1819)

Care to our coffin adds a nail, no doubt;
  And ev'ry grin so merry draws one out.
      - [Mirth]

Discord; a sleepless hag, who never dies,
  With snipe-like nose and ferret-glowing eyes
    Lean sallow cheeks, long chin, with beard supplied,
      Poor crackling joints, and wither'd parchment hide,
        As if old drums, worn out with martial din,
          Had clubb'd their yellow heads to form her skin.
      - [Discord]

O delicious kiss,
  Why thou so sudden art gone?
    Lost in the moment thou art won?
      - [Kisses]

Some one has said of a fine and honorable old age, that it was the childhood of immortality.
      - [Age]

The best of healers is good cheer.
      - [Medicine]

The present will not long endure.
      - [Present]

The turnpike road to people's hearts, I find,
  Lies through their mouths or I mistake mankind.
      - [Feasting]

To wear long faces, just as if our Maker,
  The God of goodness, was an undertaker.
      - [Hypocrisy]

Wedlock's a saucy, sad, familiar state,
  Where folks are very apt to scold and hate:--
    Love keeps a modest distance, is divine,
      Obliging, and says ev'ry thing that's fine.
      - [Matrimony]

Wit, says an author that I do not know,
  Is like Time's scythe--cuts down both friend and foe;--
    Ready, each object, tiger-like, to leap on!
      "Lord! what a butcher this same wit!"
      - [Wit]

With vivid words your just conceptions grace,
  Much truth compressing in a narrow space;
    Then many shall peruse, but few complain,
      And envy frown, and critics snarl in vain.
      - [Brevity]


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