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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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Samuel Johnson. (1709–1784) (continued)
 
3991
    Must helpless man, in ignorance sedate,
Roll darkling down the torrent of his fate?
          Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 345.
3992
    For patience, sov’reign o’er transmuted ill.
          Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 362.
3993
    Of all the griefs that harass the distrest,
Sure the most bitter is a scornful jest. 1
          London. Line 166.
3994
    This mournful truth is ev’rywhere confess’d,—
Slow rises worth by poverty depress’d. 2
          London. Line 176.
3995
    Studious to please, yet not ashamed to fail.
          Prologue to the Tragedy of Irene.
3996
    Each change of many-colour’d life he drew,
Exhausted worlds, and then imagin’d new.
          Prologue on the Opening of Drury Lane Theatre.
3997
    And panting Time toil’d after him in vain.
          Prologue on the Opening of Drury Lane Theatre.
3998
    For we that live to please must please to live.
          Prologue on the Opening of Drury Lane Theatre.
3999
    Catch, then, oh catch the transient hour;
  Improve each moment as it flies!
Life ’s a short summer, man a flower;
  He dies—alas! how soon he dies!
          Winter. An Ode.
4000
    Officious, innocent, sincere,
Of every friendless name the friend.
          Verses on the Death of Mr. Robert Levet. Stanza 2.
4001
    In misery’s darkest cavern known,
  His useful care was ever nigh 3
Where hopeless anguish pour’d his groan,
  And lonely want retir’d to die.
          Verses on the Death of Mr. Robert Levet. Stanza 5.
4002
    And sure th’ Eternal Master found
  His single talent well employ’d.
          Verses on the Death of Mr. Robert Levet. Stanza 7.
 
Note 1.
Nothing in poverty so ill is borne
As its exposing men to grinning scorn.
Oldham (1653–1683): Third Satire of Juvenal. [back]
Note 2.
Three years later Johnson wrote, “Mere unassisted merit advances slowly, if—what is not very common—it advances at all.” [back]
Note 3.
Var. His ready help was always nigh. [back]
 

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