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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:2984
AUTHOR:John Dryden (1631–1700)
QUOTATION:Happy who in his verse can gently steer
From grave to light, from pleasant to severe. 1
ATTRIBUTION:The Art of Poetry. Canto i. Line 75.
 
Note 1.
Heureux qui, dans ses vers, sait d’une voix légère,
Passer du grave au doux, du plaisant au sévère.
Nicholas Boileau-Despreaux: L’Art Poétique, chant 1er.

Formed by thy converse, happily to steer
From grave to gay, from lively to severe.
Alexander Pope: Essay on Man, epistle iv. line 379. [back]
 

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