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JONATHAN SWIFT. 1667–1745.
I've often wished that I had clear,
Imitation of Horace. Book ii. Sat. 6.
Poetry, a Rhapsody.
Verses occasioned by Whitshed's Motto on his Coach. 1 As geographers crowd into the edges of their maps parts of the world which they do not know about, adding notes in the margin to the effect that beyond this lies nothing but sandy deserts full of wild beasts and unap. proachable bogs. — Plutarch, Theseus.
A college joke to cure the dumps.
Cassinus and Peter. 'Tis an old maxim in the schools, That flattery's the food of fools; Yet now and then your men of wit Will condescend to take a bit.
Cadenus and Vanessa.
And he gave it for his opinion, that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians puttogether. Gulliver's Travels. Pt. ii. Ch. vii. Voyage to Brobdingnag.
He had been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put in phials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw inclement summers. Ibid. Pt. iii. Ch. v. Voyage to Laputa.
Seamen have a custom, when they meet a whale, to fling him out an empty tub by way of amusement, to divert him from laying violent hands upon the ship. Tale of a Tub, Priface.
1 In Sebastian Munster's Cosmography, there is a cut of a ship, to which a whale was coming too close for her safety, and of the sailors throwing a tub to the whale evidently to play with. This practice is also mentioned in an old prose translation of the Ship of Fools. — Sir James Mackintosh, Appendix to the Life of Sir Thomas More.
Bread is the staff of life. Tale of a Tub.
The reason why so few marriages are happy is because young ladies spend their time in making nets, not in making cages.
Thoughts on Various Subjects. Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.
Ibid. A nice man is a man of nasty ideas. Ibid.
The two noblest things, which are sweetness and light.
Battle of the Books. Not die here in a rage like a poisoned rat in a hole. Letter to Bolingbroke, March 21, 1729. I shall be like that tree, I shall die at the top.
Scott's Life of Swift.2
ALAIN RENÉ LE SAGE. 1668–1747.
I wish you all sorts of prosperity with a little
more taste. Gil Blas. Book vii. Ch. 4. i See Mathew Henry, ante, p. 247.
? When the poem of “Cadenus and Vanessa ” was the general topic of conversation, some one said, "Surely that Vanessa must be an extraordinary woman, that could inspire the Dean to write so finely upon her." Mrs. Johnson smiled and answered, that “she thought that point not quite so clear, for it was well known the Dean could write finely upon a broomstick."-Johnson's Life of Swift.
COLLEY CIBBER. 1671-1757.
So mourned the dame of Ephesus her love;
Richard III. Altered. Act ii. Sc. 1.
Now by St. Paul the work goes bravely on.
Act iii. Sc. 1. The aspiring youth that fired the Ephesian dome Outlives in fame the pious fool that raised it.
Act iii. Sc. I. I've lately had two spiders . Crawling upon my startled hopes. Now tho' thy friendly hand has brushed 'em from
me, Yet still they crawl offensive to my eyes; I would have some kind friend to tread upon 'em.
Act iv. Sc. 3. . Off with his head! so much for Buckingham !
Act iv. Sc. 3. And the ripe harvest of the new-mown hay Gives it a sweet and wholesome odour.
Act v. Sc. 3. With clink of hammers' closing rivets up.
Act v. Sc. 3.
1 With busy hammers. - Shakespeare, Henry V., Act iv. Chorus.
264 Cibber. — Centlivre. — Steele.
(Richard III. continued. Perish that thought! No, never be it said That Fate itself could awe the soul of Richard. Hence, babbling dreams; you threaten here in
vain; Conscience, avaunt, Richard's himself again! Hark! the shrill trumpet sounds, to horse, away, My soul's in arms, and eager for the fray.
Act v. Sc. 3. A weak invention of the enemy.?
Act v. Sc. 3.
SUSANNAH CENTLIVRE. 1667 – 1723. .
The real Simon Pure.
A Bold Stroke for a Wife. Act v. Sc. 1. Lash the vice and follies of the age.
Prologue to the Maid Bewitched.
SIR RICHARD STEELE. 1671- 1729.
(Lady Elizabeth Hastings.) Though her mien carries much more invitation than command, to behold her is an immediate check to loose behavior ; to love her was a liberal education.
The Tatler. No. 49. Will Honeycomb calls these over-offended ladies the outrageously virtuous.
The Spectator. No. 266. 1 A thing devised by the enemy. --Shakespeare, Rich. ard III., Act v. Sc. 3.