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EDMUND WALLER
English poet
(1606 - 1687)
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Could we forbear dispute, and practise love,
  We should agree as angels do above.
      - Divine Poems--Divine Love
         (canto III, l. 25) [Love]

Leaving the old, both worlds at once they view,
  That stand upon the threshold of the new.
      - Divine Poems--Works (p. 316), (ed. 1729)
        [World]

Virtue's stronger guard than brass.
      - Epigram Upon the Golden Medal (l. 14)
        [Virtue]

So must the writer, whose productions should
  Take with the vulgar, be of vulgar mould.
      - Epistle to Mr. Killegrew [Authorship]

Circle are praised, not that abound
  In largeness, but the exactly round.
      - Long and Short Life [Circles]

In other things the knowing artist may
  Judge better than the people; but a play,
    (Made for delight, and for no other use)
      If you approve it not, has no excuse.
      - Maid's Tragedy (prologue) [Acting]

Poets lose half the praise they should have got,
  Could it be known what they discreetly blot.
      - Miscellanies,
        upon the Earl of Roscommon's translation of Horace "Ars Poetica", l. 41
        [Poets]

All human things
  Of dearest value hang on slender strings.
      - Miscellanies (I, l. 163) [Worth]

His love at once and dread instruct our thought;
  As man He suffer'd and as God He taught.
      - Of Divine Love (canto III, l. 41) [Christ]

Tea does our fancy aid,
  Repress those vapours which the head invade
    And keeps that palace of the soul serene.
      - Of Tea [Tea]

And keeps that palace of the soul serene.
      - Of Tea (l. 9) [Soul]

The chain that's fixed to the throne of Jove,
  On which the fabric of our world depends,
    One link dissolved, the whole creation ends.
      - Of the Danger His Majesty Escaped (l. 68)
        [Creation]

Thrice happy is that humble pair,
  Beneath the level of all care!
    Over whose heads those arrows fly
      Of sad distrust and jealousy.
      - Of the Marriage of the Dwarfs (l. 7)
        [Matrimony]

The lark that shuns on lofty boughs to build
  Her humble nest, lies silent in the field.
      - Of the Queen [Larks]

The yielding marble of her snowy breast.
      - On a Lady Passing Through A Crowd of People
        [Beauty]

Others may use the ocean as their road;
  Only the English make it their abode.
      - On a War with Spain [England : Possession]

The seas are quiet when the winds give o'er;
  So calm are we when passions are no more!
      - On Divine Poems (l. 7) [Passion]

In such green palaces the first kings reign'd,
  Slept in their shades, and angels entertain'd;
    With such old counsellors they did advise,
      And by frequenting sacred groves grew wise.
      - On St. James' Park (l. 71) [Trees]

So all we know of what they do above
  Is that they happy are, and that they love.
      - On the Death of Lady Rich [Heaven]

Give us enough but with a sparing hand.
      - Reflections [Moderation]

Go, lovely Rose!
  Tell her that wastes her time and me
    That now she knows.
      When I resemble her to thee,
        How sweet and fair she seems to be.
      - The Rose [Roses]

That eagle's fate and mine are one,
  Which, on the shaft that made him die,
    Espied a feather of his own,
      Wherewith he wont to soar so high.
      - To a Lady Singing a Song of his Composing
         (ep. XIV) [Eagles : Proverbs]

Soft words, with nothing in them, make a song.
      - To Mr. Creech (l. 10) [Songs]

The rising sun complies with our weak sight,
  First gilds the clouds, then shows his globe of light
    At such a distance from our eyes, as though
      He knew what harm his hasty beams would do.
      - To the King upon His Majesty's Happy Return
         (l. 1) [Sunrise]

The soul's dark cottage, batter'd and decay'd,
  Lets in new light through chinks that Time has made.
      - Verses upon his Divine Poesy [Mind : Time]


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