|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|How shall I speak thee, or thy power address,|
Thou god of our idolatry, the Press?
By thee religion, liberty, and laws,
Exert their influence, and advance their cause;
By thee, worse plagues than Pharaohs land befell,
Diffused, make earth the vestibule of hell;
Thou fountain, at which drink the good and wise;
Thou ever bubbling spring of endless lies:
Like Edens dread probationary tree,
Knowledge of good and evil is from thee!
Cowper.Progress of Error, Line 460.
|Lies have possessd the press so, as their due,|
Twill scarce, I fear, henceforth print Bibles true.
Cowley.The Puritan and Papist.
|All, all but truth, drops dead-born from the press.|
Pope.Epilogue to Sat., Dialogue II. Line 226.
|Did charity prevail, the press would prove|
A vehicle of virtue, truth, and love.
Cowper.Charity, Line 624.