The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the force of the Crown. It may be frail; its roof may shake; the wind may blow through it; the storms may enter, the rain may enter,but the King of England cannot enter; all his forces dare not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement!
Fears of the brave, and follies of the wise! From Marlbroughs eyes the streams of dotage flow, And Swift expires, a drivler and a show.
Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 316.
Note 1. All human race, from China to Peru, Pleasure, howeer disguised by art, pursue. Thomas Warton: Universal Love of Pleasure.
De Quincey (Works, vol. x. p. 72) quotes the criticism of some writer, who contends with some reason that this high-sounding couplet of Dr. Johnson amounts in effect to this: Let observation with extensive observation observe mankind extensively. [back]