John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.
3419 Alexander Pope 1688-1744 John Bartlett
|AUTHOR:||Alexander Pope (1688–1744)|
|QUOTATION:||Behold the child, by Nature’s kindly law,|
Pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw;
Some livelier plaything gives his youth delight,
A little louder, but as empty quite;
Scarfs, garters, gold, amuse his riper stage,
And beads and prayer-books are the toys of age.
Pleased with this bauble still, as that before,
Till tired he sleeps, and life’s poor play is o’er.
|ATTRIBUTION:||Essay on Man. Epistle ii. Line 274.|