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I pity bashful men, who feel the pain
Of fancied scorn and undeserved disdain,
And bear the marks upon a blushing face,
OF needless shame, and self-impos'd disgrace.
- Conversation (l. 347) [Blushes]
Our wasted oil unprofitably burns,
Like hidden lamps in old sepulchral urns.
- Conversation (l. 357),
referring to story told by Pancirollus of lamp burned in the tomb of Tullia
That good diffused may more abundant grow.
- Conversation (l. 441) [Goodness]
They fix attention, heedless of your pain,
With oaths like rivets forced into the brain;
And e'en when sober truth prevails throughout,
They swear it, till affirmance breeds a doubt.
- Conversation (l. 63) [Oaths]
Words learn'd by rote a parrot may rehearse,
But talking is not always to converse,
Not more distinct from harmony divine
The constant creaking of a country sign.
- Conversation (l. 7) [Talk]
But conversation, choose what theme we may,
And chiefly when religion leads the way,
Should flow, like waters after summer show'rs,
Not as if raised by mere mechanic powers.
- Conversation (l. 703) [Conversation]
An honest man, close-button'd to the chin,
Broadcloth without, and a warm heart within.
- Epistle to Joseph Hill [Character : Man]
Sin let loose speaks punishment at hand.
- Expostulation (l. 160) [Sin]
Hast thou not learn'd what thou art often told,
A truth still sacred, and believed of old,
That no success attends on spears and swords
Unblest, and that the battle is the Lord's?
- Expostulation (l. 350) [Success]
And hast thou sworn on every slight pretence,
Till perjuries are common as bad pence,
While thousands, careless of the damning sin,
Kiss the book's outside, who ne'er look'd within?
- Expostulation (l. 384) [Oaths]
Religion, if in heavenly truths attired,
Needs only to be seen to be admired.
- Expostulation (l. 492) [Religion]
Wisdom and goodness are twin-born, one heart
Must hold both sisters, never seen apart.
- Expostulation (l. 634) [Wisdom]
Whoever keeps an open ear
For tattlers will be sure to hear
The trumpet of contention.
- Friendship (st. 17) [Gossip]
A hat not much worse for wear.
- History of John Gilpin [Hatters]
Now let us sing, long live the king.
- History of John Gilpin [Royalty]
That, though on pleasure she was bent,
She had a frugal mind.
- History of John Gilpin (st. 8) [Pleasure]
Men deal with life as children with their play,
Who first misuse, then cast their toys away.
- Hope (l. 127) [Life]
Such stuff the world is made of.
- Hope (l. 211) [World]
Could he with reason murmur at his case,
Himself sole author of his own disgrace?
- Hope (l. 316) [Disgrace]
Assail'd by scandal and the tongue of strife,
His only answer was a blameless life;
And he that forged, and he that threw the dart,
Had each a brother's interest in his heart.
- Hope (l. 570) [Scandal]
Seek to delight, that they may mend mankind.
And, while they captivate, inform the mind.
- Hope (l. 770) [Teaching]
But oars alone can ne'er prevail
To reach the distant coast;
The breath of Heaven must swell the sail,
Or all the toil is lost.
- Human Frailty (st. 6) [Boating]
God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.
- Hymn--Light Shining out of Darkness [God]
And Satan trembles when he sees
The weakest saint upon his knees.
- Hymns--Exhortation to Prayer [Prayer]
Thus neither the praise nor the blame is our own.
- Letter to Mr. Newton [Circumstance]
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