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DAVID MALLET (ORIGINALLY MALLOCH)
Scottish poet
(c. 1705 - 1765)

Affliction is the wholesome soil of virtue, where patience, honor, sweet humanity, calm fortitude, take root and strongly flourish.
      - [Adversity]

Ambition! deadly tyrant! inexorable master! what alarms, what anxious hours, what agonies of heart, are the sure portion of thy gaudy slaves?
      - [Ambition]

Are afflictions aught
  But mercies in disguise? th' alternate cup.
    Medicinal though bitter, and prepar'd
      By love's own hand for salutary ends.
      - [Affliction]

Look, from the turbid south
  What floods of flame in red diffusion burst,
    Frequent and furious, darted thro' the dark
      And broken ridges of a thousand clouds,
        Pil'd hill on hill; and hark, the thunder rous'd,
          Groans in long roarings through the distant gloom.
      - [Tempests]

O grant me, heav'n, a middle state,
  Neither too humble nor too great;
    More than enough for nature's ends,
      With something left to treat my friends.
      - [Poverty]

The multitude unaw'd is insolent;
  Once seiz'd with fear, contemptible and vain.
      - [Mob]

The rose was budded in her cheek, just opening to the view.
      - [Blushes]

The vulgar refuse or crouch beneath their load; the brave bear theirs without repining.
      - [Fortitude]

True valor, friends, on virtue founded strong,
  Meets all events alike.
      - [Courage]

Uncertainty!
  Fell demon of our fears! the human soul,
    That can support despair, supports not thee.
      - [Uncertainty]

Who despises fame will soon renounce the virtues that deserve it.
      - [Fame]

Who hath not known ill-fortune, never knew
  Himself, or his own virtue.
      - [Misfortune]

Words that weep, and strains that agonise.
      - Amyntor and Theodora (II, 306) [Words]

The wailing owl
  Screams solitary to the mournful moon.
      - Excursion [Owls]

Strains that sigh and words that weep.
      - Funeral Hymn (23) [Words]


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