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English poet and critic
(1688 - 1744)
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How the wit brightens! how the style refines!
      - Essay on Criticism (l. 421) [Wit]

If faith itself has different dresses worn,
  What wonder modes in wit should take their turn?
      - Essay on Criticism (l. 446) [Wit]

To what base ends, and by what abject ways,
  Are mortals urg'd through sacred lust of praise!
      - Essay on Criticism (l. 520) [Praise]

Good-nature and good-sense must ever join;
  To err is human, to forgive, divine.
      - Essay on Criticism (l. 522) [Forgiveness]

All seems infected that the infected spy,
  As all looks yellow to the jaundiced eye.
      - Essay on Criticism (l. 568) [Suspicion]

Be niggards of advice on no pretense;
  For the worst avarice is that of sense.
      - Essay on Criticism (l. 578) [Advice]

Fear not the anger of the wise to raise;
  Those best can fear reproof who merit praise.
      - Essay on Criticism (l. 582) [Anger]

The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read,
  With loads of learned lumber in his head.
      - Essay on Criticism (l. 612) [Stupidity]

With him most authors steal their works, or buy;
  Garth did not write his own Dispensary.
      - Essay on Criticism (l. 618) [Plagiarism]

For wit and judgment often are at strife,
  Though meant each other's aid, like man and wife.
      - Essay on Criticism (l. 82) [Wit]

'Tis with our judgments as our watches, none
  Go just alike, yet each believes his own.
      - Essay on Criticism (l. 9) [Judgment]

The generous Critic fann'd the Poet's fire,
  And taught the world with reason to admire.
      - Essay on Criticism (pt. I, l. 100)

Those oft are stratagems which errors seem,
  Nor is it Homer nods, but we that dream.
      - Essay on Criticism (pt. I, l. 177)

So by false learning is food sense defac'd;
  Some are bewilder'd in the maze of schools,
    And some made coxcombs Nature meant but fools.
      - Essay on Criticism (pt. I, l. 25) [Folly]

Ten censure wrong for one who writes amiss.
      - Essay on Criticism (pt. I, l. 6)

The line too labours, and the words move slow.
      - Essay on Criticism (pt. II, l. 171)

Some praise at morning what they blame at night,
  But always think the last opinion right.
      - Essay on Criticism (pt. II, l. 230)

A perfect Judge will read each work of Wit
  With the same spirit that its author writ:
    Survey the Whole, nor seek slight faults to find
      Where nature moves, and rapture warms the mind.
      - Essay on Criticism (pt. II, l. 235)

In every work regard the writer's End,
  Since none can compass more than they intend;
    And if the means be just, the conduct true,
      Applause, in spite of trivial faults, is due.
      - Essay on Criticism (pt. II, l. 255)
        [Authorship : Criticism]

Envy will merit as its shade pursue,
  But like a shadow, proves the substance true.
      - Essay on Criticism (pt. II, l. 266)
        [Envy : Proverbs]

Hills peep o'er hills, and Alps on Alps arise.
      - Essay on Criticism (pt. II, l. 32)

Be not the first by whom the new are tried,
  Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
      - Essay on Criticism (pt. II, l. 336)
        [Criticism : Fidelity]

Soft is the strain when zephyr gently blows.
      - Essay on Criticism (pt. II, l. 366)

What woful stuff this madrigal would be
  In some starv'd hackney sonneteer or me!
    But let a lord once own the happy lines,
      How the Wit brightens! how the Style refines!
      - Essay on Criticism (pt. II, l. 418)
        [Music : Poetry]

We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow;
  Our wiser sons, no doubt, will think us so.
      - Essay on Criticism (pt. II, l. 438)
        [Folly : Youth]

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