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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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Alexander Pope. (1688–1744) (continued)
 
3449
    Manners with fortunes, humours turn with climes,
Tenets with books, and principles with times. 1
          Moral Essays. Epistle i. Line 172.
3450
    “Odious! in woollen! ’t would a saint provoke,”
Were the last words that poor Narcissa spoke.
          Moral Essays. Epistle i. Line 246.
3451
    And you, brave Cobham! to the latest breath
Shall feel your ruling passion strong in death.
          Moral Essays. Epistle i. Line 262.
3452
    Whether the charmer sinner it or saint it,
If folly grow romantic, I must paint it.
          Moral Essays. Epistle ii. Line 15.
3453
    Choose a firm cloud before it fall, and in it
Catch, ere she change, the Cynthia of this minute.
          Moral Essays. Epistle ii. Line 19.
3454
    Fine by defect, and delicately weak. 2
          Moral Essays. Epistle ii. Line 43.
3455
    With too much quickness ever to be taught;
With too much thinking to have common thought.
          Moral Essays. Epistle ii. Line 97.
3456
    Atossa, cursed with every granted prayer,
Childless with all her children, wants an heir;
To heirs unknown descends the unguarded store,
Or wanders heaven-directed to the poor.
          Moral Essays. Epistle ii. Line 147.
3457
    Virtue she finds too painful an endeavour,
Content to dwell in decencies forever.
          Moral Essays. Epistle ii. Line 163.
3458
    Men, some to business, some to pleasure take;
But every woman is at heart a rake.
          Moral Essays. Epistle ii. Line 215.
3459
    See how the world its veterans rewards!
A youth of frolics, an old age of cards.
          Moral Essays. Epistle ii. Line 243.
3460
    Oh, blest with temper whose unclouded ray
Can make to-morrow cheerful as to-day!
          Moral Essays. Epistle ii. Line 257.
3461
    Most women have no characters at all.
          Moral Essays. Epistle ii. Line 258.
3462
    She who ne’er answers till a husband cools,
Or if she rules him, never shows she rules.
          Moral Essays. Epistle ii. Line 261.
 
Note 1.
Omnia mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis (All things change, and we change with them).—Matthias Borbonius: Deliciæ Poetarum Germanorum, i. 685. [back]
Note 2.
See Prior, Quotation 10. [back]
 

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