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SIR JOHN SUCKLING
English poet
(1609 - 1642)

A quiet mediocrity is still to be preferred before a troubled superfluity.
      - [Mediocrity]

Abruptness is an eloquence in parting, when spinning out the time is but the weaving of new sorrow.
      - [Parting]

Beauties that from worth arise are like the grace of deities.
      - [Worth]

It is expectation makes a blessing dear; heaven were not heaven if we knew what it were.
      - [Anticipation]

Joy never feasts so high as when the first course is of misery.
      - [Joy]

Opportunity, to statesmen, is as the just degree of heat to chemists; it perfects all the work.
      - [Opportunity]

Our sins, like to our shadows, when our day was in its glory, scarce appeared; toward our evening, how great and monstrous!
      - [Guilt]

The prince of darkness is a gentleman.
      - [Devil]

Thou dwarf dressed up in giant's clothes, that showest far off still greater than thou art.
      - [Danger]

Your gift is princely, but it comes too late,
  And falls like sunbeams on a blasted blossom.
      - [Delay]

Her cheeks so rare a white was on,
  No daisy makes comparison;
    (Who sees them is undone);
      For streaks of red were mingled there,
        Such as are on a Cath'rine pear,
          (The side that's next the Sun).
      - A Ballad Upon a Wedding (st. 10) [Face]

He lips were red, and one was thin,
  Compared to that was next her chin.
    (Some bee had stung it newly.)
      - A Ballad Upon a Wedding (st. 11) [Mouth]

But O, she dances such a way!
  No sun upon an Easter-day,
    Is half so fine a sight.
      - A Ballad Upon a Wedding (st. 8) [Dancing]

'Tis expectation makes a blessing dear;
  Heaven were not Heaven, if we knew what it were.
      - Against Fruition [Expectation]

But as when an authentic watch is shown,
  Each man winds up and rectifies his own,
    So in our very judgments.
      - Aglaura (epilogue) [Judgment]

Her feet beneath her petticoat,
  Like little mice, stole in and out,
    As if they feared the light:
      But oh! she dances such a way!
        No sun upon an Easter day
          Is half so fine a sight.
      - Ballad Upon a Wedding (st. 8) [Feet]

She is pretty to walk with,
  And witty to talk with,
    And pleasant too, to think on.
      - Brennoralt (act II, sc. 1) [Women]

Her face is like the Milky Way i' the sky,--
  A meeting of gentle lights without a name.
      - Brennoralt (act III) [Face]

Out upon it! I have lov'd
  Three whole days together;
    And am like to love three more,
      If it prove fair weather.
      - Constancy [Constancy]

A health to the nut-brown lass,
  With the hazel eyes: let it pass.
    . . . .
      As much to the lively grey
        'Tis as good i' th' night as day:
          . . . .
            She's a savour to the glass,
              And excuse to make it pass.
      - Goblins (act III) [Toasts]

Why so pale and wan. fond lover,
  Prithee, why so pale?
    Will, when looking well can't move her,
      Looking ill prevail?
        Prithee, why so pale?
      - Song (st. 1) [Love]

High characters (cries one), and he would see
  Things that ne'er were, nor are, nor e'er will be.
      - The Goblin's Epilogue [Character]

Nick of Time!
      - The Goblins (act V) [Time]


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