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The works of Oliver Goldsmith (v. 1)


The works of Oliver Goldsmith (v. 1)

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Excerpt from book: MISCELLANIES. THE CLOWN'S REPLY. John Trott was desir'd by two witty peers, To tell them the reason why asses had ears: " An't please you," quoth John, " I'm not given to letters, Nor dare I pretend to know more than my betters: Howe'er from this time I shall ne'er see your graces, As I hope to be sav'd !—without thinking on asses." Edinburgh, 1753.i PROLOGUE. Written Amd Sporen Rt The Poet Larerius, A Roman K.nioht, Whom Cjesar Forced Upon The Stage. Preserved Rt Maororius.' What ! no way left to shun th' inglorious stage, And save from infamy my sinking age! Scarce half alive, oppress'd with many a year, What, in the name of dotage, drives me here ? A time there was, when glory was my guide, No force nor fraud could turn my steps aside: Unaw' d by power, and unappall'd by fear, With honest thrift I held my honour dear: ' First printed in the Dublin Edition of Goldsmith's Poemi and Playi, Sto., 1777, p. 78. ' First printed in " The Present State of Polite Learaiiig," 1759 : but omitted in the second edition, which appeared in 1774. But this vile hour disperses all my store, And all my hoard of honour is no more: 1'or ah ! too. partial to my life's decline, Caesar persuades, submission must be mine: Him I obey, whom Heaven itself obeys, Hopeless of pleasing, yet incliu'd to please. Here then at once I welcome every shame, And cancel at threescore a life.of fame: No more my titles shall my children tell: The old buffoon will fit my name as well: This day beyond its term my fate extends, 1'or life is ended when our honour ends. THE LOGICIANS REFUTED. IN IMITATION OF DEAN BWIFT.i Logicians have but ill defin'd As rational the human mind: Keason, they say, belongs to man, . But let them prove it if they can. Wise Aristotle and Sm...  
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