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THOMAS WARTON, THE YOUNGER
English poet and critic
(1728 - 1790)

Ages of ignorance and simplicity are thought to be ages of purity. But the direct contrary I believe to be the case. Rude periods have that grossness of manners, which is as unfriendly to virtue as luxury itself. Men are less ashamed as they are less polished.
      - [Refinement]

All the human race, from China to Peru, pleasure, howev'r disguised by art, pursue.
      - [Pleasure]

Montesquieu wittily observes that, by building professed madhouses, men tacitly insinuate that all who are out of their senses are to be found only in those places.
      - [Madness]

Nor rough, nor barren, are the winding ways
  Of hoar Antiquity, but strewn with flowers.
      - written in a blank leaf of Dugdale's Monasticon
        [Antiquity]

Our royal master saw with heedful eyes
  The state of his two universities;
    To one he sends a regiment, for why?
      That learned body wanted loyalty.
        To the other books he gave, as well discerning,
          How much that loyal body wanted learning.
      - attributed to,
        on George I's donation to Cambridge University
        [Learning]

Where in venerable rows
  Widely waving oaks enclose
    The moat of yonder antique hall,
      Swarm the rooks with clamorous call;
        And, to the toils of nature true,
          Wreath their capacious nests anew.
      - Ode X [Rooks]

Fancy with prophetic glance
  Sees the teeming months advance;
    The field, the forest, green and gay;
      The dappled slope, the tedded hay;
        Sees the reddening orchard blow,
          The Harvest wave, the vintage flow.
      - Ode--The First of April (l. 97) [Harvest]

All human race from China to Peru,
  Pleasure, howe'er disguis'd by art, pursue.
      - The Universal Love of Pleasure [Traveling]


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