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JOHN DRYDEN
English poet and dramatist
(1631 - 1700)
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For friendship, of itself a holy tie,
  Is made more sacred by adversity.
      - The Hind and the Panther (pt. III, l. 47)
        [Friendship]

For your ignorance is the mother of your devotion to me.
      - The Maiden Queen (act I, sc. 2)
        [Ignorance]

I am resolved to grow fat and look young till forty, and then slip out of the world with the first wrinkle and the reputation of five and twenty.
      - The Maiden Queen (act III, sc. 1) [Women]

And plenty makes us poor.
      - The Medal (l. 126) [Poverty]

A very merry, dancing, drinking,
  Laughing, quaffing, and unthinking time.
      - The Secular Masque (l. 40) [Merriment]

Joy rul'd the day, and Love the night.
      - The Secular Masque (l. 82) [Joy]

Bless the hand that gave the blow.
      - The Spanish Friar (act II, sc. 1) [Hand]

Like a led victim, to my death I'll go,
  And dying, bless the hand that gave the blow.
      - The Spanish Friar (act II, sc. 1, l. 64)
        [Death]

He's a sure card.
      - The Spanish Friar (act II, sc. 2) [Cards]

Second thoughts, they say, are best.
      - The Spanish Friar (act II, sc. 2)
        [Thought]

Nor can his blessed soul look down from heaven,
  Or break the eternal sabbath of his rest.
      - The Spanish Friar (act V, sc. 2) [Heaven]

The glorious lamp of heaven, the radiant sun,
  Is Nature's eye.
      - The Story of Acis, Polyphemus, and Galatea
         (l. 165),
        from Ovid "Metamorphoses", bk. xiii
        [Sun]

But Shakespeare's magic could not copied be;
  Within that circle none durst walk but he.
      - The Tempest--Prologue [Shakespeare]

Long stood the noble youth oppress'd with awe,
  And stupid at the wondrous things he saw,
    Surpassing common faith, transgressing nature's law.
      - Theodore and Honoria (l. 217) [Wonder]

The clouds dispell'd, the sky resum'd her light,
  And Nature stood recover'd of her fright.
    But fear, the last of ills, remain'd behind,
      And horrow heavy sat on every mind.
      - Theodore and Honoria (l. 336) [Fear]

And that one hunting, which the devil design'd
  For one fair female, lost him half the kind.
      - Theodore and Honoria (l. 427) [Women]

Content with poverty, my soul I arm;
  And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm.
      - Third Book of Horace (ode 29) [Poverty]

Thou spring'st a leak already in thy crown,
  A flaw is in thy ill-bak'd vessel found;
    'Tis hollow, and returns a jarring sound,
      Yet thy moist clay is pliant to command,
        Unwrought, and easy to the potter's hand:
          Now take the mould; now bend thy mind to feel
            The first sharp motions of the forming wheel.
      - Third Satire of Persius (l. 35) [Pottery]

Out of the solar walk and Heaven's highway.
      - Threnodia Augustalis [Sun]

Ill news is wing'd with fate, and flies apace.
      - Threnodia Augustalis (l. 49) [News]

As when the dove returning bore the mark
  Of earth restored to the long labouring ark;
    The relics of mankind, secure at rest,
      Open every window to receive the guest,
        And the fair bearer of the message bless'd.
      - To Her Grace of Ormond (l. 70) [Doves]

So liv'd our sires, ere doctors learn'd to kill,
  And multiplied with theirs the weekly bill.
      - To John Dryden, Esq. (l. 71) [Medicine]

Maintain your post: That's all the fame you need;
  For 'tis impossible you should proceed.
      - To Mr. Congreve, on his Comedy "The Double Dealer"
        [Duty]

Hard features every bungler can command:
  To draw true beauty shows a master's hand.
      - To Mr. Lee, on his Alexander (l. 53)
        [Painting]

Wit will shine
  Through the harsh cadence of a rugged line.
      - To the Memory of Mr. Oldham [Wit]


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