First, then, a woman will or wont, depend on t; If she will do t, she will; and there s an end on t. But if she wont, since safe and sound your trust is, Fear is affront, and jealousy injustice.1
There taught us how to live; and (oh, too high The price for knowledge!) taught us how to die.2
On the Death of Mr. Addison. Line 81.
Note 1. The following lines are copied from the pillar erected on the mount in the Dane John Field, Canterbury:
Where is the man who has the power and skill To stem the torrent of a womans will? For if she will, she will, you may depend on t; And if she wont, she wont; so there s an end on t. The Examiner, May 31, 1829. [back]
Note 2. He who should teach men to die, would at the same time teach them to live.Montaigne: Essay, book i. chap. ix.
I have taught you, my dear flock, for above thirty years how to live; and I will show you in a very short time how to die.Sandys: Anglorum Speculum, p. 903.
Teach him how to live, And, oh still harder lesson! how to die. Porteus: Death, line 316.
He taught them how to live and how to die.Somerville: In Memory of the Rev. Mr. Moore. [back]