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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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John Dryden. (1631–1700) (continued)
The force of Nature could no further go;
To make a third, she join’d the former two. 1
          Under Mr. Milton’s Picture.
    From harmony, from heavenly harmony,
      This universal frame began:
      From harmony to harmony
Through all the compass of the notes it ran,
The diapason closing full in Man.
          A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day. Line 11.
    None but the brave deserves the fair.
          Alexander’s Feast. Line 15.
        With ravish’d ears
    The monarch hears;
    Assumes the god,
    Affects to nod,
And seems to shake the spheres.
          Alexander’s Feast. Line 37.
    Bacchus, ever fair and ever young.
          Alexander’s Feast. Line 54.
        Rich the treasure,
    Sweet the pleasure,—
Sweet is pleasure after pain.
          Alexander’s Feast. Line 58.
    Sooth’d with the sound, the king grew vain;
Fought all his battles o’er again;
And thrice he routed all his foes, and thrice he slew the slain.
          Alexander’s Feast. Line 66.
    Fallen, fallen, fallen, fallen,
Fallen from his high estate,
  And welt’ring in his blood;
Deserted, at his utmost need,
By those his former bounty fed,
On the bare earth expos’d he lies,
With not a friend to close his eyes.
          Alexander’s Feast. Line 77.
Note 1.
Græcia Mæonidam, jactet sibi Roma Maronem,
Anglia Miltonum jactat utrique parem
(Greece boasts her Homer, Rome can Virgil claim;
England can either match in Milton’s fame).
Selvaggi: Ad Joannem Miltonum. [back]