Preface on the manner of writing dialogue. Dialogue 1. On sincerity in the commerce of the world between Dr. More and Mr. Waller. Dialogue 2. On retirement between Mr. Cowley and Dr. Sprat. Dialogue 3. On the age of Q. Elizabeth between Mr. Digby, Dr. Arbuthnot and Mr. Addison

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Page 119 - Full little knowest thou that hast not tried, What hell it is, in suing long to bide: To lose good days, that might be better spent; To waste long nights in pensive discontent; To speed today, to be put back tomorrow; To feed on hope, to pine with fear and sorrow; To have thy prince's grace, yet want her peers...
Page 92 - Where do we finer strokes and colours see Of the Creator's real poetry, Than when we with attention look Upon the third day's volume of the book...
Page 190 - I'll have Italian masques by night, Sweet speeches, comedies, and pleasing shows; And in the day when he shall walk abroad, Like sylvan nymphs my pages shall be clad; My men like satyrs grazing on the lawns Shall with their goat-feet dance the antic hay.
Page 137 - Kings have long hands (they say) and though I be So distant, they may reach at length to me. However, of all Princes, thou...
Page 194 - But we shall hardly mistake in supposing it lies somewhere between the rude essays of uncorrected fancy, on the one hand, and the refinements of reason and science, on the other. AND such appears to have been the condition of our language in the age of ELIZABETH.
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