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English poet and critic
(1688 - 1744)
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What dire Offence from am'rous Causes springs,
  What mighty Contests rise from trivial Things.
      - Rape of the Lock (canto I, l. 1)
        [Results : Trifles]

Here files of pins extend their shining rows,
  Puffs, powders, patches, bibles, billet-doux.
      - Rape of the Lock (canto I, l. 137)

Bright as the sun her eyes the gazers strike,
  And, like the sun, they shine on all alike.
      - Rape of the Lock (canto II, l. 13) [Eyes]

If to her share some female errors fall
  Look on her face, and you'll forget 'em all.
      - Rape of the Lock (canto II, l. 17) [Face]

Hair tresses man's imperial race insnare,
  And beauty draws us with a single hair.
      - Rape of the Lock (canto II, l. 27) [Hair]

And soften'd sounds along the waters die:
  Smooth flow the waves, the zephyrs gently play.
      - Rape of the Lock (canto II, l. 50)

Soft o'er the shrouds aerial whispers breathe,
  That seemed but zephyrs to the train beneath.
      - Rape of the Lock (canto II, l. 58)

Oh her white breast a sparkling cross she wore,
  Which Jews might kiss and Infidels adore.
      - Rape of the Lock (canto II, l. 7) [Jewels]

Then flash'd the living lightning from her eyes,
  And screams of horror rend th' affrighted skies,
    Not louder shrieks to pitying Heaven are cast,
      When husbands, or when lap dogs, breathe their last;
        Or when rich China vessels fallen, from high,
          In glittering dust and painted fragments lie.
      - Rape of the Lock (canto III, l. 155)

The hungry judges soon the sentence sign,
  And wretches hang that jurymen may dine.
      - Rape of the Lock (canto III, l. 21)

Hoary whiskers and a forky beard.
      - Rape of the Lock (canto III, l. 37) [Hair]

Here, thou, great Anna! whom three realms obey,
  Dost sometimes counsel take--and sometimes tea.
      - Rape of the Lock (canto III, l. 7) [Tea]

When to mischief mortals bend their will,
  How soon they find it instruments of ill.
      - Rape of the Lock (canto III, st. 125)

Sir Plume, of amber snuff-box justly vain,
  And the nice conduct of a clouded cane.
      - Rape of the Lock (canto IV, l. 122)

Like roses, that in deserts bloom and die.
      - Rape of the Lock (canto IV, l. 158)

But see how oft ambition's aims are cross'd,
  And chiefs content 'til all the prize is lost!
      - Rape of the Lock (canto V, l. 108)

Oh! if to dance all night, and dress all day,
  Charm'd the small-pox, or chas'd old age away;
    . . . .
      To patch, nay ogle, might become a saint,
        Nor could it sure be such a sin to paint.
      - Rape of the Lock (canto V, l. 19)

What then remains, but well our power to use,
  And keep good-humor still whate'er we lose?
    And trust me, dear, good-humor can prevail,
      When airs, and flights, and screams, and scolding fail.
      - Rape of the Lock (canto V, l. 29)

Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll;
  Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.
      - Rape of the Lock (canto V, l. 33) [Beauty]

Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.
      - Rape of the Lock (canto V, l. 34)

The doubtful beam long nods from side to side.
      - Rape of the Lock (canto V, l. 73) [Doubt]

Just where the breath of life his nostrils drew,
  A charge of snuff the wily virgin threw;
    The gnomes direct, to every atom just,
      The pungent grains of titillating dust,
        Sudden, with starting tears each eye o'erflows,
          And the high dome re-echoes to his nose.
      - Rape of the Lock (canto V, l. 81)

Then cease, bright nymph! to mourn thy ravish'd hair
  Which adds new glory to the shining sphere;
    Not all the tresses that fair head can boast
      Shall draw such envy as the lock you lost,
        For after all the murders of your eye,
          When, after millions slain, yourself shall die;
            When those fair suns shall set, as set they must,
              And all those tresses shall be laid in dust,
                This Lock the Muse shall consecrate to fame,
                  And 'midst the stars inscribe Belinda's name.
      - Rape of the Lock (canto V, last lines)

Know then, unnumber'd Spirits round thee fly,
  The light Militia of the lower sky.
      - Rape of the Lock (I, 41) [Spirits]

In various talk th' instructive hours they past,
  Who gave the ball, or paid the visit last;
    One speaks the glory of the British queen,
      And one describes a charming Indian screen;
        A third interprets motions, looks, and eyes;
          At every word a reputation dies.
      - Rape of the Lock (pt. III, l. 11),
        this stanza not found in his printed works

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