Read Homer once and you can read no more; For all books else appear so mean, so poor, Verse will seem prose; but still persist to read, And Homer will be all the books you need.
John Sheffield (1648 - 1721)
Source: Essay on Poetry, 1682
Contributed by: Zaady
Of all those arts in which the wise excel, Nature's chief masterpiece is writing well.
There's no such thing in Nature, and you'll draw A faultless monster which the world ne'er saw.
And when I feigned an angry look, Alas, I loved you best.
Source: The Reconcilement, 1791
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