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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
 
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  Circles are prais’d, not that abound / In largeness, but th’ exactly round; / So life we praise, that does excel, / Not in much time, but acting well.  1
  Could we forbear dispute and practise love, / We should agree as angels do above.  2
  Illustrious acts high raptures do infuse, / And every conqueror creates a muse.  3
  Music so softens and disarms the mind, / That not an arrow does resistance find.  4
  Poets lose half the praise they should have got, / Could it be known what they discreetly blot.  5
  The fountain which from Helicon proceeds, / That sacred stream, should never water weeds.  6
  The sacred wrestler, till a blessing given, / Quits not his hold, but, halting, conquers heaven.  7
  The soul’s dark cottage, battered and decayed, / Lets in new light through chinks that time has made.  8
  Toils of empires pleasures are.  9
 
 
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