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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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Sir John Suckling. (1609–1642) (continued)
 
2841
    Nick of time.
          The Goblins.
2842
    “High characters,” cries one, and he would see
Things that ne’er were, nor are, nor e’er will be. 1
          The Goblins. Epilogue.
 
James Graham, Marquess of Montrose. (1612–1650)
 
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    He either fears his fate too much,
  Or his deserts are small,
That dares not put it to the touch
  To gain or lose it all. 2
          My Dear and only Love.
2844
    I ’ll make thee glorious by my pen,
  And famous by my sword. 3
          My Dear and only Love.
 
Sir John Denham. (1615–1669)
 
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    Though with those streams he no resemblance hold,
Whose foam is amber and their gravel gold;
His genuine and less guilty wealth t’ explore,
Search not his bottom, but survey his shore.
          Cooper’s Hill. Line 165.
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    Oh, could I flow like thee, and make thy stream
My great example, as it is my theme!
Though deep, yet clear; though gentle, yet not dull;
Strong without rage; without o’erflowing, full.
          Cooper’s Hill. Line 189.
 
Note 1.
Whoever thinks a faultless piece to see,
Thinks what ne’er was, nor is, nor e’er shall be.
Alexander Pope: Essay on Criticism, part ii. line 53.

There ’s no such thing in Nature, and you ’ll draw
A faultless monster which the world ne’er saw.
Sheffield, Duke of Buckinghamshire: Essay on Poetry. [back]
Note 2.
That puts it not unto the touch
To win or lose it all.
Sir W. F. P. Napier: Montrose and the Covenanters, vol. ii. p. 566. [back]
Note 3.
I ’ll make thee famous by my pen,
And glorious by my sword.
Sir Walter Scott: Legend of Montrose, chap. xv. [back]
 

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