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GEORGE GRANVILLE, LORD LANDSDOWNE
English statesman and poet
(1667 - 1735)

A thousand fears still overawe when she appears.
      - [Timidity]

Shall Nature, erring from her first command, self-preservation, fall by her own hand?
      - [Suicide]

The radiant sun sends from above ten thousand blessings down, nor is he set so high for show alone.
      - [Sun]

What we frankly give, forever is our own.
      - [Charity]

Who would with care some happy fiction frame, so mimics truth it looks the very same.
      - [Fiction]

Wycherley in his writings is the sharpest satirist of his time, but in his nature he has all the softness of the tenderest dispositions. In his writings he is severe, bold, undertaking; in his nature, gentle, modest, inoffensive.
      - [Satire]

The virtuous nothing fear but life with shame,
  And death's a pleasant road that leads to fame.
      - l. 47, verses written 1690 [Virtue]

Happy the man, of mortals happiest he,
  Whose quiet mind from vain desires is free;
    Whom neither hopes deceive, nor fears torment,
      But lives at peace, within himself content;
        In thought, or act, accountable to none
          But to himself, and to the gods alone.
      - Epistle to Mrs. Higgons (l. 79)
        [Contentment]

The kiss you take is paid by that you give:
  The joy is mutual, and I'm still in debt.
      - Heroic Love (act V, sc. 1) [Kisses]

Whoe'er thou art, thy lord and master see,
  Thou wast my Slave, thou art, or thou shalt be.
      - Inscription for a Figure representing the God of Love,
        see "Genuine Works", (1732), I, 129
        [Love]

Thy thoughts to nobler meditations give,
  And study how to die, not how to live.
      - Meditations on Death (st. 1) [Meditation]

But, oh! what mighty magician can assuage
  A woman's envy?
      - Progress of Beauty [Envy]

Mankind, from Adam, have been women's fools;
  Women, from Eve, have been the devil's tools:
    Heaven might have spar'd one torment when we fell;
      Not left us women, or not threatened hell.
      - She-Gallants [Women]

Since truth and constancy are vain,
  Since neither love, nor sense of pain,
    Nor force of reason, can persuade,
      Then let example be obey'd.
      - To Myra [Example]

'Tis impious pleasure to delight in harm.
  And beauty should be kind, as well as charm.
      - To Myra (l. 21) [Beauty]


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