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A man of sense can artifice disdain,
As men of wealth may venture to go plain.
. . . .
I find the fool when I behold the screen,
For 'tis the wise man's interest to be seen.
- Love of Fame (satire II, l. 193)
Where nature's end of language is declined,
And men talk only to conceal the mind.
- Love of Fame (satire II, l. 207) [Speech]
But fate ordains that dearest friends must part.
- Love of Fame (satire II, l. 232) [Parting]
Be wise with speed;
A fool at forty is a fool indeed.
- Love of Fame (satire II, l. 281)
[Folly : Wisdom]
For what are men who grasp at praise sublime,
But bubbles on the rapid stream of time,
That rise, and fall, that swell, and are no more,
Born, and forgot, ten thousand in an hour?
- Love of Fame (satire II, l. 285) [Life]
Unlearned men of books assume the care,
As eunuchs are the guardians of the fair.
- Love of Fame (satire II, l. 83) [Books]
Who borrow much, then fairly make it known,
And damn it with improvements of their own.
- Love of Fame (satire III, l. 23)
Of boasting more than of a bomb afraid,
A soldier should be modest as a maid.
- Love of Fame (satire IV) [Soldiers]
How his eyes languish! how his thoughts adore
That painted coat, which Joseph never wore!
He shows, on holidays, a sacred pin,
That touch'd the ruff, that touched Queen Bess' chin.
- Love of Fame (satire IV, l. 119) [Apparel]
A dedication is a wooden leg.
- Love of Fame (satire IV, l. 192) [Books]
Narcissus is the glory of his race:
For who does nothing with a better grace?
- Love of Fame (satire IV, l. 85) [Grace]
A tender smile, our sorrows' only balm.
- Love of Fame (satire V, l. 108) [Smiles]
I've known my lady (for she loves a tune)
For fevers take an opera in June:
And, though perhaps you'll think the practice bold,
A midnight park is sov'reign for a cold.
- Love of Fame (satire V, l. 185) [Sickness]
A strange alternative . . .
Must women have a doctor or a dance?
- Love of Fame (satire V, l. 189) [Choice]
Then lady Cynthia, mistress of the shade,
Goes, with the fashionable owls, to bed.
- Love of Fame (satire V, l. 209) [Owls]
Such blessings Nature pours,
O'erstock'd mankind enjoy but half her stores.
In distant wilds, by human eyes unseen,
She rears her flowers, and spreads her velvet green;
Pure gurgling rills the lonely desert trace
And waste their music on the savage race.
- Love of Fame (satire V, l. 232) [Nature]
O sacred solitude! divine retreat!
Choice of the prudent! envy of the great,
By thy pure stream, or in thy waving shade,
We court fair wisdom, that celestial maid.
- Love of Fame (satire V, l. 254) [Solitude]
Can wealth give happiness? look round and see
What gay distress! what splendid misery!
Whatever fortunes lavishly can pour,
The mind annihilates, and calls for more.
- Love of Fame (satire V, l. 394) [Wealth]
Nought treads so silent as the foot of Time;
Hence we mistake our autumn for our prime.
- Love of Fame (satire V, l. 497) [Time]
A dearth of words a woman need not fear;
But 'tis a task indeed to learn to hear:
In that the skill of conversation lies;
That shows and makes you both polite and wise.
- Love of Fame (satire V, l. 57)
With you own heart confer;
And dread even there to find a flatterer.
- Love of Fame (satire VI) [Flattery]
What's female beauty, but an air divine,
Through which the mind's all-gentle graces shine!
They, like the Sun, irradiate all between;
The body charms, because the soul is seen.
- Love of Fame (satire VI, l. 151) [Beauty]
For her own breakfast she'll project a scheme,
Nor take her tea without a stratagem.
- Love of Fame (satire VI, l. 187)
Think nought a trifle, though it small appear;
Small sands the mountain, moments make the year,
And trifles life.
- Love of Fame (satire VI, l. 205)
[Proverbs : Trifles]
Wouldst thou be famed? have those high acts in view,
Brave men would act though scandal would ensue.
- Love of Fame (satire VII, l. 175) [Fame]
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