THE MOST EXTENSIVE
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To balance Fortune by a just expense,
Join with Economy, Magnificence.
- Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 223) [Economy]
Ye little stars, hide your diminish'd rays.
- Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 282) [Stars]
Who builds a church to God, and not to Fame,
Will never mark the marble with his Name.
- Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 285) [Churches]
Trade it may help, society extend,
But lures the Pirate, ant corrupts the friend:
It raises armies in a nation's aid,
But bribes a senate, and the land's betray'd.
- Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 29) [Money]
Banished the doctor, and expell'd the friend.
- Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 330) [Medicine]
Where London's column, pointing at the skies,
Like a tall bully, lifts the head and lies.
- Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 339) [Monuments]
Constant at Church and 'Change; his gains were sure;
His givings rare, save farthings to the poor.
- Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 347) [Hypocrisy]
But Satan now is wiser than of yore,
And tempts by making rich, not making poor.
- Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 351)
Some scruple rose, but thus he eas'd his thought,
"I'll now give sixpence where I gave a groat;
Where once I went to church, I'll now go twice--
And am so clear too of all other vice."
- Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 365)
One solid dish his week-day meal affords,
An added pudding solemniz'd the Lord's.
- Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 447) [Eating]
"Live like yourself," was soon my lady's word,
And lo! two puddings smok'd upon the board.
- Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 461) [Eating]
What riches give us let us then inquire:
Meat, fire, and clothes. What more? Meat, clothes, and fire.
Is this too little?
- Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 79) [Wealth]
But thousands die without or this or that,
Die, and endow a college of a cat.
- Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 95) [Death]
Die and endow a college or a cat.
- Moral Essays (ep. III, To Bathurst, l. 96)
'Tis strange the miser should his cares employ
To gain those riches he can ne'er enjoy;
Is it less strange the prodigal should waste
His wealth to purchase what he ne'er can taste?
- Moral Essays (ep. IV, l. 1) [Misers]
Grove nods at grove, each alley has a brother,
And half the platform just reflects the other.
The suff'ring eye inverted nature sees,
Trees cut in statues, statues thick as trees;
With here a fountain never to be play'd,
And there a summer-house that knows no shade.
- Moral Essays (ep. IV, l. 117)
[Gardens : Trees]
Light quirks of music, broken and uneven,
Make the soul dance upon a jig to Heav'n.
- Moral Essays (ep. IV, l. 143) [Music]
To rest, the cushion and soft dean invite,
Who never mentions hell to ears polite.
- Moral Essays (ep. IV, l. 149) [Hell]
'Tis use alone that sanctifies expense
And splendor borrow all her rays from sense.
- Moral Essays (ep. IV, l. 179) [Sense]
Good sense which only is the gift of Heaven,
And though no science, fairly worth the seven.
- Moral Essays (ep. IV, l. 43) [Sense]
Unthought-of Frailties cheat us in the Wise.
- Moral Essays (ep. To Temple, l. 69)
Like doctors thus, when much dispute has past,
We find our tenets just the same at last.
- Moral Essays (epis. III, l. 15) [Argument]
Not always actions show the man; we find
Who does a kindness is not therefore kind.
- Moral Essays (epistle I, l. 109) [Action]
Who combats bravely is not therefore brave:
He dreads a death-bed like the meanest slave.
- Moral Essays (epistle I, l. 115) [Bravery]
Grown all to all, from no one vice exempt,
And most contemptible to shun contempt.
- Moral Essays (pt. III, l. 21) [Contempt]
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