Some to church repair, Not for the doctrine, but the music there. These equal syllables alone require, Though oft the ear the open vowels tire; While expletives their feeble aid to join, And ten low words oft creep in one dull line.
Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)
Source: Essay on Criticism. Part ii. Line 142.
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Party-spirit, which at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few.
Source: Letter to E. Blount, August 27, 1714
Fondly we think we honour merit then, When we but praise ourselves in other men.
The fate of all extremes is such Men may be read, as well as books, too much. To observations which ourselves we make, We grow more partial for th' observer's sake.
Source: Moral Essays, 1720-1735, Epistle I, To Lord Cobham, 1734
And love the offender, yet detest the offence.
Source: Eloisa to Abelard, line 192.
At ev'ry trifle scorn to take offense.
Source: An Essay on Criticism, 1711, 1. 186
One thought of thee puts all the pomp to flight, Priests, tapers, temples, swim before my sight.
Source: Eloisa to Abelard, 1717
Fire in each eye and papers in each hand, They rave, recite, and madden round the land.
Order is Heaven's first law.
Source: Essay on Man. Epistle iv. Line 49.
Order is nature's first law.
Source: An Essay on Man
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