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There was a laughing devil in his sneer,
; And where his frown of hatred darkly fell, Hope withering fled, and mercy sighed farewell.
ENGLISH BARDS AND SCOTCH
'Tis pleasant, sure, to see one's name in print ; A book's a book, although there's nothing in't.
Lines 51, 52
Unhappy White ! while life was in its spring,
Keen were his pangs, but keener far to feel
Yet truth will sometimes lend her noblest fires,
There's not a joy the world can give
Stanzas for Music.
* These lines, not excelled in imagery by anything in the works of the noble poet, refer to Henry Kirke White, whose death was accelerated by too close an application to study. On account of the fame acquired by this portion of the poem, the extract containing the allusion to Kirke White is given in its entirety. The idea here conveyed is imitated by Moore in his “ Corruption-an Epistle," lines 95-98
“Like a young eagle, who has lent his plume
She was his life,
A change came o'er
Yes ! where is he, the champion and the child *
The Age of Bronze.
* Napoleon Buonaparte.
I've often wish'd that I had clear,
Second Book of Horace. Lines 1-6.
This was a visionary scheme,
Cadenus and Vanessa. Lines 584-587.
'Tis an old maxim in the schools,
Ibid. Lines 758-761.
Then, rising with Aurora's light,
On Poetry. Lines 85-90.
He has more goodness in his little finger than you have in your whole body.
Mary the Cookmaid's Letter to Dr. Sheridan.
I love to tell truth and shame the devil.*
In all distresses of our friends,
On the Death of Dr. Swift. Lines 7-10.
* See also Quotations from Shakspere, Henry IV., Part 1.
This and the quotation immediately preceding it from Mary's Letter, are proverbial expressions, probably in use long prior to the days of either Swift or Shakspere. The Dean's writings abound with old proverbs : most of those in familiar use in his day will be found in his “Polite Conversation."
+ An adaptation of the well-known maxim of Rochetoucault, “ Dans l'adversité de nos meilleurs amis, nous