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Song, “For ever Fortune.”
An unrelenting foe to love;
Step rudely in, and bid us part?
Sophonisba. Act iii. Sc. 2.
Grongar Hill. Line 103.
Epigram on his Family Arms. Live while you live, the epicure would say, And seize the pleasures of the present day; Live while you live, the sacred preacher cries, And give to God each moment as it flies. Lord, in my views let both united be; I live in pleasure, when I live to thee.
* This line was altered, after the second edition, to
“O Sophonisba! I am wholly thine."
1709-1784. Prologue on the Opening of Drury Lane Theatre. Each change of many-colored life he drew, Exhausted worlds, and then imagined new.
And panting time toiled after him in vain.
For we that live to please must please to live.
Vanity of Human Wishes.
* The Universal Love of Pleasure, line 1:
“All human race, from China to Peru,
Rev. Thos. Warton.
Line 308. Superfluous lags the veteran on the stage.
Line 317. From Marlborough's eyes the tears of dotage flow, And Swift expires, a driveller and a show.
Lines added to Goldsmith's Traveller. How small, of all that human hearts endure, That part which laws or kings can cause or cure! Still to ourselves in every place consigned, Our own felicity we make or find. With secret course, which no loud storms annoy, Glides the smooth current of domestic joy.
Line added to Goldsmith's Deserted Village. Trade's proud empire hastes to swift decay.
From Dr. Madden's "Boulter's Monument.” Supposed
to have been inserted by Dr. Johnson. 1745. Words are men's daughters, but God's sons are things.*
Rasselas. Chapter i. Ye who listen with credulity to the whispers of fancy, and
pursue with eagerness the phantoms of hope; who expect that age will perform the promises of youth, and that the deficiencies of the present day will be supplied by the morrow; attend to the history of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia.
Epitaph on Robert Levett.
His useful care was ever nigh,
And lonely Want retired to die.
Epitaph on Claudius Phillips, the Musician.
* Words are women, deeds are men.26
Jacula Prudentum. HERBERT.
Epitaph on Goldsmith.
Boswell's Life of Johnson.
Chapter xlix. Hell is paved with good intentions.
*“Nullum quod tetigit non ornavit.”
Eulogy on Cicero. FENELON. † Hell is full of good meanings and wishings.
Jacula Prudentum. GEORGE HERBERT.