|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|Alexander Pope. (16881744) (continued)|
| Praise undeservd is scandal in disguise. 1|
| Satires, Epistles, and Odes of Horace. Epistle i. Book ii. Line 413.|
| Years following years steal something every day;|
At last they steal us from ourselves away.
| Satires, Epistles, and Odes of Horace. Epistle ii. Book ii. Line 72.|
| The vulgar boil, the learned roast, an egg.|
| Satires, Epistles, and Odes of Horace. Epistle ii. Book ii. Line 85.|
| Words that wise Bacon or brave Raleigh spoke.|
| Satires, Epistles, and Odes of Horace. Epistle ii. Book ii. Line 168.|
| Gracd as thou art with all the power of words,|
So known, so honourd at the House of Lords. 2
| Satires, Epistles, and Odes of Horace. Epistle vi. Book i. To. Mr. Murray.|
| Vain was the chiefs the sages pride!|
They had no poet, and they died.
| Odes. Book iv. Ode 9.|
| Nature and Natures laws lay hid in night:|
God said, Let Newton be! and all was light.
| Epitaph intended for Sir Isaac Newton.|
| Ye Gods! annihilate but space and time,|
And make two lovers happy.
| Martinus Scriblerus on the Art of Sinking in Poetry. Chap. xi.|
| O thou! whatever title please thine ear,|
Dean, Drapier, Bickerstaff, or Gulliver!
Whether thou choose Cervantes serious air,
Or laugh and shake in Rabelais easy-chair.
| The Dunciad. Book i. Line 19.|
| Poetic Justice, with her lifted scale,|
Where in nice balance truth with gold she weighs,
And solid pudding against empty praise.
| The Dunciad. Book i. Line 52.|
This line is from a poem entitled To the Celebrated Beauties of the British Court, given in Bells Fugitive Poetry, vol. iii. p. 118.
The following epigram is from The Grove, London, 1721:
When one good line did much my wonder raise,
In Brsts work, I stood resolved to praise,
And had, but that the modest author cries,
Praise undeserved is scandal in disguise.
On a certain line of Mr. Br, Author of a Copy of Verses called the British Beauties. [back]
See Cibber, Quotation 21. [back]