People who never achieve happiness are the ones who complain whenever they're awake, and whenever they're asleep, they are thinking about what to complain about tomorrow.Adam Zimbler
- His coming, is sent Harbinger, who all
Invites, and in the Consecrated stream
Pretends to wash off sin
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- Envy they say excites me, thus to gain
Companions of my misery and wo.
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- That fellowship in pain divides not smart,
Nor lightens aught each mans peculiar load.
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- Most men admire
Virtue who follow not her lore.
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- And the great Thisbite who on fiery wheels
Rode up to Heaven, yet once again to come.
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- My heart hath been a store-house long of things
And sayings laid up, portending strange events.
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- Skilled to retire, and in retiring draw
Hearts after them tangled in amorous nets.
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- Beauty stands
In the admiration only of weak minds
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- Rocks whereon greatest men have oftest wreck'd.
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- For therein stands the office of a King,
His Honour, Vertue, Merit and chief Praise,
That for the Publick all this weight he bears.
Yet he who reigns within himself, and rules
Passions, Desires, and Fears, is more than a King;
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- For what is glory but the blaze of fame,
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- Of whom to be disprais'd were no small praise.
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- They err who count it glorious to subdue
By Conquest far and wide, to over-run
Large Countries, and in field great Battels win,
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- Elephants endors'd with towers.
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- Syene, and where the shadow both way falls,
Meroe, Nilotic isle.
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- Dusk faces with white silken turbans wreath'd.
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- The first of all Commandments, Thou shalt worship
The Lord thy God, and only him shalt serve;
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- The childhood shows the man,
As morning shows the day.
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- Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts
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- The olive grove of Academe,
Plato's retirement, where the Attic bird
Trills her thick-warbled notes the summer long.
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- Thence to the famous orators repair,
Those ancient, whose resistless eloquence
Wielded at will that fierce democratie,
Shook the arsenal, and fulmin'd over Greece,
To Macedon, and Artaxerxes' throne.
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Whom well inspired the oracle pronounced
Wisest of men.
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- The first and wisest of them all professed
To know this only, that he nothing knew.
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- Deep versed in books and shallow in himself.
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- As children gath'ring pebbles on the shore.
Or if I would delight my private hours
With music or with poem, where so soon
As in our native language can I find
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- Till morning fair
Came forth with pilgrim steps in amice gray.
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