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Your business is but to inform ;
Make fools believe in their foreseeing
Lines 92 1-924.
For those that fy may fight again,
Lines 243, 244
He that complies against his will,
Is of his own opinion still. I Lines 547, 548. * This is a proverb of considerable antiquity ; it occurs frequently in the old dramas. Ben Jonson quotes it in his comedy of "Every Man in his Humour," act ii. scene i ; and Colman, in the “ Heir-at-Law," act i. scene 1. + It is a general opinion that the very familiar lines
“For he that fights and runs away,
May live to fight another day,” are in Hudibras ; this is a popular error. The quotation here given, which conveys a similar idea, has probably given rise to the erroneous impression which prevails as to the authorship of the lines; some remarks on the subject will be found in a subsequent part of this work. I Often incorrectly given thus
“A man convinced against his will."
But happy they! the happiest of their kind!
Spring. Lines 1113-1115.
Then infant reason grows apace, and calls
Nor undelightful is the ceaseless hum,
Summer. Lines 282, 283.
Autumn. Lines 204-206.
Ah, little think the gay licentious proud,
Winter. Lines 322-328.
Behold, fond man ! See here thy pictur'd life ; pass some few years, Thy flowering Spring, thy Summer's ardent strength, Thy sober Autumn fading into age, And pale concluding Winter comes at last, And shuts the scene.
Yes, we must follow soon, will glad obey ;
Epitaph on Miss Stanley.
To put the power
Tears oft look graceful on the manly cheek :
Sophonisba. Act v. Scene 2.
Rash fruitless war, from wanton glory waged,
Edward and Eleonora. Act 1.
The heart of woman tastes no truer joy,
Keep virtue's simple path before your eyes,
When Britain first, at Heaven's command,
Arose from out the azure main,
« Rule Britannia ! rule the waves ;
Britons never will be slaves."
The nations not so bless'd as thee,
Must in their turns to tyrants fall ;
“ Rule Britannia !” etc.
Still more majestic shalt thou rise,
More dreadful from each foreign stroke ;
« Rule Britannia !” etc.
Thee haughty tyrants ne'er shall tame,
All their attempts to bend thee down
« Rule Britannia !” etc.
To thee belongs thy rural reign ;
Thy cities shall with commerce shine ;
66 Rule Britannia !” etc.
The Muses, still with freedom found,
Shall to thy happy coast repair.
Ode in the Masque of Alfred.
* The insertion of “ Rule Britannia," in its complete form, may perhaps be deemed scarcely in consonance with the object of this Work-nor is it so, strictly speaking; but as so much misapprehension exists in the public mind