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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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Sir John Denham. (1615–1669) (continued)
 
2847
    Actions of the last age are like almanacs of the last year.
          The Sophy. A Tragedy.
2848
    But whither am I strayed? I need not raise
Trophies to thee from other men’s dispraise;
Nor is thy fame on lesser ruins built;
Nor needs thy juster title the foul guilt
Of Eastern kings, who, to secure their reign,
Must have their brothers, sons, and kindred slain. 1
          On Mr. John Fletcher’s Works.
 
Richard Crashaw. (1612?–1649)
 
2849
    The conscious water saw its God and blushed. 2
          Epigram.
2850
    Whoe’er she be,
That not impossible she,
That shall command my heart and me.
          Wishes to his Supposed Mistress.
2851
    Where’er she lie,
Locked up from mortal eye,
In shady leaves of destiny.
          Wishes to his Supposed Mistress.
2852
    Days that need borrow
No part of their good morrow
From a fore-spent night of sorrow.
          Wishes to his Supposed Mistress.
2853
    Life that dares send
A challenge to his end,
And when it comes, say, Welcome, friend!
          Wishes to his Supposed Mistress.
 
Note 1.
Poets are sultans, if they had their will;
For every author would his brother kill.
Orrery: Prologues (according to Johnson).

Should such a man, too fond to rule alone,
Bear, like the Turk, no brother near the throne.
Alexander Pope: Prologue to the Satires, line 197. [back]
Note 2.
Nympha pudica Deum vidit, et erubuit (The modest Nymph saw the god, and blushed).—Epigrammationa Sacra. Aquæ in vinum versæ, p. 299. [back]
 

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