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Give me th' avow'd, th' erect, the manly foe,
A steady patriot of the world alone,
The friend of every country but his own.
A sudden thought strikes me,
Let us swear an eternal friendship.
The Rovers, in the Poetry of the Antijacobin.
So down thy hill, romantic Ashbourn, glides
The Derby Dilly, carrying three Insides.
The Loves of the Triangles. Lines 178, 179.
He is a fool, who thinks by force or skill,
The Adventures of Five Hours.*
*This and the following extract are evidently the origin of the well-known and constantly repeated lines, the
A woman will, or won't, depend on't;
If she will do't, she will, and there's an end on't;
Epilogue to his play of Zara.
At the close of the day, when the hamlet is still,
authorship of which has occasioned so much discussion. The lines, as generally quoted, are thus—
"That man's a fool who tries by force or skill
To stem the current of a woman's will;
For if she will, she will, you may depend on 't,
And if she wont, she wont, and there's an end on 't."
Sir Samuel Tuke's play has long sunk into oblivion; it is an adaptation from the Spanish of Calderon. Tuke died in 1673. The Epilogue to Zara was spoken by Mrs. Clive. Hill wrote several other plays, but they have ceased to occupy a position on the stage. Shakspere (Two Gentlemen of Verona, act 1. scene 3) has a line very similar to one of Hill's-Antonio, addressing Proteus, says— "My will is something sorted with his wish; Muse not that I thus suddenly proceed; For what I will, I will, and there an end."
When nought but the torrent is heard on the hill,
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever;
Endymion. Lines 1-3.
EARL OF ROSCOMMON.
Immodest words admit of no defence,
For want of decency is want of sense.
Essay on Translated Verse.
* Frequently attributed to Pope. A curious illustration of this error occurred on the occasion of Ebenezer Elliott, the corn-law rhymer, lecturing some years ago in Manchester on Pope's works. In the course of his lecture Elliott pointedly criticised these lines as being Pope's. Dr. Franklin, too, in his Autobiography, quotes them very emphatically as Pope's, and suggests as a new reading
"Immodest words admit but this defence,
A fellow feeling makes one wondrous kind. Occasional Prologue, written and spoken by him on Leaving the Stage, June 10, 1776.
Are these the choice dishes the Doctor has sent us?
Care to our coffin adds a nail no doubt;
A fellow in a market town,
Most musical, cried razors up and down.*
Farewell Odes. Ode 3.
* The story of the country bumpkin who purchased razors "twelve for eighteen pence "of the peripatetic razor-seller, which were made to sell-not to shave, is familiar enough to render a more lengthy extract needless. It is scarcely necessary to say that it was Dr. Wolcot who wrote under the name of Peter Pindar.
There's a sweet little cherub that sits up aloft,
Justice is lame, as well as blind, amongst us. Venice Preserved. Act 1. Scene 1.
Oh woman! lovely woman! nature made thee
There's in you all that we believe of heaven,
Eternal joy, and everlasting love.
When the judgment's weak,
The prejudice is strong.
Midas. A Burletta. Act 1.