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English poet and critic
(1688 - 1744)
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Of all the causes that conspire to blind
  Man's erring judgment, and misguide the mind,
    What the weak head with strongest bias rules,
      Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools.
      - [Pride]

Of darkness visible so much be lent, as half to show, half veil, the deep intent.
      - [Deceit]

Of little use, the man you may suppose,
  Who says in verse what others say in prose;
    Yet let me show a poet's of some weight,
      And (though no soldier) useful to the state,
        What will a child learn sooner than a song?
          What better teach a foreigner the tongue?
            What's long or short, each accent where to place
              And speak in public with some sort of grace?
      - [Verse]

Oft in dreams invention we bestow to change a flounce or add a furbelow.
      - [Dress]

Oh! be thou blest with all that Heaven can send,
  Long health, long youth, long pleasure--and a friend.
      - [Birthday]

Oh! blest with temper, whose unclouded ray
  Can make to-morrow cheerful as to-day.
      - [Temper]

On the rich quilt sinks with becoming woe,
  Wrapt in a gown, for sickness and show.
      - [Affectation]

One master-passion in the breast,
  Like Aaron's serpent, swallows up the rest.
      - [Passion]

One self-approving hour whole years outweighs.
      - [Conscience]

Or will you think, my friend, your bus'ness done
  When, of a hundred thorns, you pull out one.
      - [Proverbs]

Our passions are like convulsion fits, which, though they make us stronger for a time, leave us the weaker ever after.
      - [Passion]

Papillia, wedded to her amorous spark,
  Sighs for the shades--"How charming is a park?"
    A park is purchas'd, but the fair he sees
      All bath'd in tears--"O odious, odious trees!"
      - [Fickleness]

Peaceful sleep out the Sabbath of the tomb.
      - [Sabbath]

Pleas'd to look forward, pleas'd to look behind,
  And count each birthday with a grateful mind.
      - [Birthday]

Pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.
      - [Proverbs]

Pleasure, or wrong or rightly understood,
  Our greatest evil, or our greatest good.
      - [Pleasure]

Poplars and alders ever quivering played, and nodding cypress formed a fragrant shade.
      - [Trees]

Pretty conceptions, fine metaphors, glittering expressions, and something of a neat cast of verse are properly the dress, gems, or loose ornaments of poetry.
      - [Poetry]

Pride, where wit fails, steps in to our defence, and fills up all the mighty void of sense.
      - [Pride]

Ravished with the whistling of a name.
      - [Names]

Reason raise o'er instinct as you can,
  In this 'tis God directs, in that 'tis man.
      - [Reason]

Riches, like insects, when conceal'd they lie,
  Wait but for wings, and in their season fly.
    Who sees pale Mammon pine amidst his store,
      Sees but a backward steward for the poor;
        This year a reservoir, to keep and spare;
          The next a fountain, spouting thro' his heir
            In lavish streams to quench a country's thirst,
              And men and dogs shall drink him till they burst.
      - [Avarice]

Rogues in rags are kept in countenance by rogues in ruffles.
      - [Rogues]

Say why are beauties praised and honored most,
  The wise man's passion and the vain man's Toast.
      - [Toasts]

Scipio, great in his triumphs, in retirement great.
      - [Retirement]

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