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MATTHEW PRIOR
English poet and diplomat
(1664 - 1721)
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Variety alone gives joy;
  The sweetest meats the soonest cloy.
      - The Turtle and the Sparrow (l. 234)
        [Variety]

A Rechabite poor Will must live,
  And drink of Adam's ale.
      - The Wandering Pilgrim [Water]

Let him be kept from paper, pen, and ink;
  So may he cease to write, and learn to think.
      - To a Person who Wrote Ill--On Same Person
        [Authorship : Proverbs]

Live to explain thy doctrine by thy life.
      - To Dr. Sherlock--On his Practical Discourse Concerning Death
        [Doctrine]

Our hopes, like tow'ring falcons, aim
  At objects in an airy height;
    The little pleasure of the game
      Is from afar to view the flight.
      - To Hon. Charles Montague [Hope]

For, when with beauty we can virtue join,
  We paint the semblance of a form divine.
      - To the Countess of Oxford [Beauty]

The little pleasure of the game
  Is from afar to view the flight.
      - To the Hon. C. Montague [Pleasure]

From ignorance our comfort flows,
  The only wretched are the wise.
      - To the Hon. Charles Montague [Ignorance]

I never strove to rule the roast,
  She ne'er refus'd to pledge my toast.
      - Turtle and Sparrow [Cookery]

They never taste who always drink;
  They always talk who never think.
      - Upon a Passage in the Scaligerana
        [Drinking : Talk]


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