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Página 43 - Wise men have said are wearisome; who reads Incessantly, and to his reading brings not A spirit and judgment equal or superior (And what he brings, what needs he elsewhere seek) Uncertain and unsettled still remains, Deep versed in books and shallow in himself, Crude or intoxicate, collecting toys, And trifles for choice matters, worth a sponge; As children gathering pebbles on the shore.
Página 44 - Imprimis, As soon as PHOEBUS' Rays inspect us, First, Sir, I read ; and then I Breakfast ; So on, 'till foresaid God does set, I sometimes Study, sometimes Eat. Thus, of your Heroes and brave Boys, With whom old HOMER makes such Noise, The greatest Actions I can find, Are, that They did their Work, and din'd. The Books of which I'm chiefly fond, Are such, as You have whilom con'd ; That treat of CHINA'S Civil Law, And Subjects Rights in GOLCONDA ; Of Highway-Elephants at CEYLAN, That rob in Clans,...
Página 23 - Gainst graver hours that bring constraint To sweeten liberty : Some bold adventurers disdain The limits of their little reign, And unknown regions dare descry : Still as they run they look behind, They hear a voice in every wind, And snatch a fearful joy.
Página 21 - Thus, while my joyless minutes tedious flow, With looks demure, and silent pace, a dun, Horrible monster ! hated by gods and men, To my aerial citadel ascends : With vocal heel thrice thundering at my gate, With hideous accent thrice he calls ; I know The voice ill-boding, and the solemn sound. What should I do ? or whither turn...
Página 47 - I know you all, and will awhile uphold The unyoked humour of your idleness ; Yet herein will I imitate the sun, Who doth permit the base contagious clouds To smother up his beauty from the world, That when he please again to be himself, Being wanted, he may be more wonder'd at, By breaking through the foul and ugly mists Of vapours that did seem to strangle him.
Página 37 - We would beseech him, as he values health, heaven's prirnest blessing, not to strain, in immoderate toil, the fine springs of the mind, nor to waste and unsettle the immatured strength of the body. A course of excessive study is the most ruinous of all attacks that can be made upon the constitution.