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JOHN DYER
Welsh clergyman and poet
(1700? - 1758)

A man may go to heaven without health, without riches, without honors, without learning, without friends; but he can never go there without Christ.
      - [Christ (Saviour)]

And he that will this health deny,
  Down among the dead men let him lie.
      - From a Toast published during the Reign of Queen Anne
        [Toasts]

Thus is nature's vesture wrought
  Too instruct our wand'ring thought;
    Thus she dresses green and gay
      To disperse our cares away.
      - Grongar Hill [Country]

Ever charming, ever new,
  When will the landscape tire the view?
      - Grongar Hill (l. 102) [Nature]

A little rule, a little sway,
  A sunbeam in a winter's day,
    Is all the proud and might have
      Between the cradle and the grave.
      - Grongar Hill (l. 89) [Life]

And see the rivers how they run
  Through woods and meads, in shade and sun,
    Sometimes swift, sometimes slow,--
      Wave succeeding wave, they go
        A various journey to the deep,
          Like human life to endless sleep!
      - Grongar Hill (l. 93) [Rivers]

While the wanton Zephyr sings,
  And in the vale perfumes his wings.
      - Gronger Hill [Zephyrs]

So little distant dangers seem:
  So we mistake the future's face,
    Ey'd thro' Hope's deluding glass;
      As yon summits soft and fair,
        Clad in colours of the air,
          Which to those who journey near,
            Barren, brown, and rough appear.
      - Gronger Hill (l. 884) [Visions]

The solitary, silent, solemn scene,
  Where Caesars, heroes, peasants, hermits lie,
    Blended in dust together; where the slave
      Rests from his labors; where th' insulting proud
        Resigns his powers; the miser drops his hoard:
          Where human folly sleeps.
      - Ruins of Rome (l. 540) [Graves]


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