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English poet and dramatist
(1631 - 1700)
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She knows her man, and when you rant and swear,
  Can draw you to her with a single hair.
      - Persius (satire V, l. 246) [Hair]

They who write ill, and they who ne'er durst write,
  Turn critics out of mere revenge and spite.
      - Prologue to Conquest of Granada

The unhappy man, who once has trail'd a pen,
  Lives not to please himself, but other men;
    Is always drudging, wastes his life and blood,
      Yet only eats and drinks what you think good.
      - Prologue to Lee's Caesar Borgia

All who (like him) have writ ill plays before,
  For they, like thieves, condemned, are hangman made,
    To execute the members of their trade.
      - Prologue to Rival Queens [Criticism]

Thespis, the first professor of our art,
  At country wakes snug ballads from a cart.
      - Prologue to Sophonisba [Ballads]

But 'tis the talent of our English nation,
  Still to be plotting some new reformation.
      - Prologue to Sophonisba (l. 9)

Take not away the life you cannot give:
  For all things have an equal right to live.
      - Pythagorean Phil (l. 705) [Life]

And that the Scriptures, though not everywhere
  Free from corruption, or entire, or clear,
    Are uncorrupt, sufficient, clear, entire
      In all things which our needful faith require.
      - Religio Laici (l. 297) [Scripture]

The welcome news is in the letter found;
  The carrier's not commission'd to expound;
    It speaks itself, and what it does contain,
      In all things needful to be known is plain.
      - Religio Laici (l. 366) [Post]

And after hearing what our Church can say,
  If still our reason runs another way,
    That private reason 'tis more just to curb,
      Than by disputes the public peace disturb;
        For points obscure are of small use to learn,
          But common quiet is mankind's concern.
      - Religio Laici (l. 445) [Doctrine]

I have a soul that, like an ample shield,
  Can take in all, and verge enough for more.
      - Sebastian (act I, sc. 1) [Soul]

Ev'n wit's a burthen, when it talks too long.
      - Sixth Satire of Juvenal (l. 573) [Wit]

Who climbs the grammar-tree, distinctly knows
  Where noun, and verb, and participle grows.
      - Sixth Satire of Juvenal (l. 583)

Skill'd in the globe and sphere, he gravely stands,
  And, with his compass, measures seas and lands.
      - Sixth Satire of Juvenal (l. 760)

The poorest of the sex have still an itch
  To know their fortunes, equal to the rich.
    The dairy-maid inquires, if she shall take
      The trusty tailor, and the cook forsake.
      - Sixth Satire of Juvenal (l. 762)

Lord of human kind.
      - Spanish Friar (act II, sc. 1) [Pride]

There is a pleasure, sure,
  In being mad, which none but madmen know!
      - Spanish Friar (act II, st. 1) [Insanity]

Happy who in his verse can gently steer
  From grave to light, from pleasant to severe.
      - The Art of Poetry (canto I, l. 75) [Poets]

Murder may pass unpunish'd for a time,
  But tardy justice will o'ertake the crime.
      - The Cock and the Fox (l. 285) [Murder]

Fame then was cheap, and the first courier sped;
  And they have kept it since, by being dead.
      - The Conquest of Granada (epilogue) [Fame]

What precious drops are those,
  Which silently each other's track pursue,
    Bright as young diamonds in their faint dew?
      - The Conquest of Grenada
         (pt. II, act III, sc. 1) [Tears]

Plain without pomp, and rich without a show.
      - The Flower and the Leaf (l. 187)

The fresh eglantine exhaled a breath,
  Whose odours were of power to raise from death.
      - The Flower and the Leaf (l. 96)
        [Sweetbrier Roses]

To take up half on trust, and half to try,
  Name it not faith but bungling bigotry.
      - The Hind and the Panther (pt. I, l. 141)

For truth has such a face and such a mien,
  As to be lov'd needs only to be seen.
      - The Hind and the Panther (pt. I, l. 33)

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