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Thus each extreme to equal danger tends,
Plenty, as well as Want, can separate friends.
- Davideis (bk. III, l. 205) [Extremes]
Stones of small worth may lie unseen by day,
But night itself does the rich gem betray.
- Davideis (bk. III, l. 37) [Jewels]
Nay, in death's hand, the grape-stone proves
As strong as thunder is in Jove's.
- Elegy upon Anacreon (l. 106) [Grapes]
This only grant me, that my means may lie
Too low for envy, for contempt too high.
- Essays in Prose and Verse--Of Myself,
(translation of Horace) [Moderation]
His time's forever, everywhere his place.
- Friendship in Absence (st. 3) [Time]
Enjoy the present hour, be thankful for the past,
And neither fear nor wish th' approaches of the last.
- Imitations--Martial (bk. X, ep. XLVII)
Money was made, not to command our will,
But all out lawful pleasure to fulfil.
Shame and woe to use, if we our wealth obey;
The horse doth with the horseman run away.
- Imitations--Tenth Epistle of Horace
(bk. I, l. 75) [Money]
Life for delays and doubts no time does give,
None ever yet made haste enough to live.
- Martial (lib. II, XC) [Life]
Vain, weak-built isthmus, which dost proudly rise
Up between two eternities!
- Ode on Life and Fame (l. 18) [Eternity]
Hence ye profane; I hate ye all;
Both the great vulgar, and the small.
- Of Greatness,
translation of Horace, ode I, bk. III
[Proverbs : Public]
Books should, not Business, entertain the Light;
And Sleep, as undisturb'd as Death, the Night.
- Of Myself [Books]
The Sunflow'r, thinking 'twas for him foul shame
To nap by daylight, strove t' excuse the blame;
It was not sleep that made him nod, he said,
But too great weight and largeness of his head.
- Of Plants
(bk. IV, Of Flowers, The Poppy, l. 102)
His faith, perhaps, in some nice tenets might
Be wrong; his life, I'm sure, was in the right.
- On the Death of Crashaw (l. 55)
[Faith : Life]
Poets by Death are conquer'd but the wit
Of poets triumphs over it.
- On the Praise of Poetry (ode I, l. 13)
Who lets slip fortune, her shall never find:
Occasion once past by, is bald behind.
- Pyramus and Thisbe (XV) [Opportunity]
Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise,
He who defers this work from day to day,
Does on a river's bank expecting stay,
Till the whole stream, which stopped him, should be gone,
That runs, and as it runs, for ever will run on.
- The Danger of Procrastination [Time]
Hope! of all ills that men endure,
The only cheap and universal cure.
- The Mistress--For Hope [Hope]
What shall I do to be forever known,
And make the age to come my own?
- The Motto (l. 1) [Fame]
Words that weep, and tears that speak.
- The Prophet (st. 2, l. 8) [Tears : Words]
Ah, yet, e'er I descend to th' grave,
May I a small House and a large Garden have.
And a few Friends, and many Books both true,
Both wise, and both delightful too.
And since Love ne'er will from me flee,
A mistress moderately fair,
And good as Guardian angels are,
Only belov'd and loving me.
- The Wish (st. 2) [Possession]
Life is an incurable disease.
- To Dr. Scarborough [Life]
For the whole world, without a native home,
Is nothing but a prison of larger room.
- To the Bishop of Lincoln (l. 27) [Home]
We griev'd, we sigh'd, we wept; we never blushed before.
- Works (p. 60),
(1693 ed.), a discourse concerning the government of Oliver Cromwell
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