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English poet and critic
(1688 - 1744)
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To balance Fortune by a just expense,
  Join with Economy, Magnificence.
      - Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 223) [Economy]

Ye little stars, hide your diminish'd rays.
      - Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 282) [Stars]

Who builds a church to God, and not to Fame,
  Will never mark the marble with his Name.
      - Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 285) [Churches]

Trade it may help, society extend,
  But lures the Pirate, ant corrupts the friend:
    It raises armies in a nation's aid,
      But bribes a senate, and the land's betray'd.
      - Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 29) [Money]

Banished the doctor, and expell'd the friend.
      - Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 330) [Medicine]

Where London's column, pointing at the skies,
  Like a tall bully, lifts the head and lies.
      - Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 339) [Monuments]

Constant at Church and 'Change; his gains were sure;
  His givings rare, save farthings to the poor.
      - Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 347) [Hypocrisy]

But Satan now is wiser than of yore,
  And tempts by making rich, not making poor.
      - Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 351)

Some scruple rose, but thus he eas'd his thought,
  "I'll now give sixpence where I gave a groat;
    Where once I went to church, I'll now go twice--
      And am so clear too of all other vice."
      - Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 365)

One solid dish his week-day meal affords,
  An added pudding solemniz'd the Lord's.
      - Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 447) [Eating]

"Live like yourself," was soon my lady's word,
  And lo! two puddings smok'd upon the board.
      - Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 461) [Eating]

What riches give us let us then inquire:
  Meat, fire, and clothes. What more? Meat, clothes, and fire.
    Is this too little?
      - Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 79) [Wealth]

But thousands die without or this or that,
  Die, and endow a college of a cat.
      - Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 95) [Death]

Die and endow a college or a cat.
      - Moral Essays (ep. III, To Bathurst, l. 96)

'Tis strange the miser should his cares employ
  To gain those riches he can ne'er enjoy;
    Is it less strange the prodigal should waste
      His wealth to purchase what he ne'er can taste?
      - Moral Essays (ep. IV, l. 1) [Misers]

Grove nods at grove, each alley has a brother,
  And half the platform just reflects the other.
    The suff'ring eye inverted nature sees,
      Trees cut in statues, statues thick as trees;
        With here a fountain never to be play'd,
          And there a summer-house that knows no shade.
      - Moral Essays (ep. IV, l. 117)
        [Gardens : Trees]

Light quirks of music, broken and uneven,
  Make the soul dance upon a jig to Heav'n.
      - Moral Essays (ep. IV, l. 143) [Music]

To rest, the cushion and soft dean invite,
  Who never mentions hell to ears polite.
      - Moral Essays (ep. IV, l. 149) [Hell]

'Tis use alone that sanctifies expense
  And splendor borrow all her rays from sense.
      - Moral Essays (ep. IV, l. 179) [Sense]

Good sense which only is the gift of Heaven,
  And though no science, fairly worth the seven.
      - Moral Essays (ep. IV, l. 43) [Sense]

Unthought-of Frailties cheat us in the Wise.
      - Moral Essays (ep. To Temple, l. 69)

Like doctors thus, when much dispute has past,
  We find our tenets just the same at last.
      - Moral Essays (epis. III, l. 15) [Argument]

Not always actions show the man; we find
  Who does a kindness is not therefore kind.
      - Moral Essays (epistle I, l. 109) [Action]

Who combats bravely is not therefore brave:
  He dreads a death-bed like the meanest slave.
      - Moral Essays (epistle I, l. 115) [Bravery]

Grown all to all, from no one vice exempt,
  And most contemptible to shun contempt.
      - Moral Essays (pt. III, l. 21) [Contempt]

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