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SIR WILLIAM D'AVENANT
English dramatic poet
(1606 - 1668)
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Your politicians
  Have evermore a taint of vanity,
    As hasty still to show, and boast a plot
      As they are greedy to contrive it.
      - [Politics]

For angling-rod he took a sturdy oak;
  For line, a cable that in storm ne'er broke;
    His hook was such as heads the end of pole
      To pluck down house ere fire consumes it whole;
        This hook was bated with a dragon's tail,--
          And then on rock he stood to bob for whale.
      - Brittania Triumphans (p. 15) [Fishing]

The monument of vanished mindes.
      - Gondibert (bk. II, canto V) [Books]

Because they commonly make use of treasure found in books, as of other treasure belonging to the dead and hidden underground; for they dispose of both with great secrecy, defacing the shape and image of the one as much as of the other.
      - Gondibert--Preface [Plagiarism]

But ask not bodies (doomed to die),
  To what abode they go;
    Since knowledge is but sorrow's spy,
      It is not safe to know.
      - The Just Italian (act V, sc. 1)
        [Knowledge]

The lark now leaves his watery nest,
  And climbing, shakes his dewy wings.
    He takes your window for the East
      And to implore your light he sings.
      - The Lark now Leaves his Watery Nest
        [Larks]


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