|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|Sir John Denham. (16151669)|
| Though with those streams he no resemblance hold,|
Whose foam is amber and their gravel gold;
His genuine and less guilty wealth t explore,
Search not his bottom, but survey his shore.
| Coopers Hill. Line 165.|
| Oh, could I flow like thee, and make thy stream|
My great example, as it is my theme!
Though deep, yet clear; though gentle, yet not dull;
Strong without rage; without oerflowing, full.
| Coopers Hill. Line 189.|
| Actions of the last age are like almanacs of the last year.|
| The Sophy. A Tragedy.|
| But whither am I strayed? I need not raise|
Trophies to thee from other mens dispraise;
Nor is thy fame on lesser ruins built;
Nor needs thy juster title the foul guilt
Of Eastern kings, who, to secure their reign,
Must have their brothers, sons, and kindred slain. 1
| On Mr. John Fletchers Works.|
Poets are sultans, if they had their will;
For every author would his brother kill.
Orrery: Prologues (according to Johnson).
Should such a man, too fond to rule alone,
Bear, like the Turk, no brother near the throne.
Alexander Pope: Prologue to the Satires, line 197. [back]