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

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Joseph Addison. (1672–1719) (continued)
    And those that paint them truest praise them most. 1
          The Campaign. Last line.
    The spacious firmament on high,
With all the blue ethereal sky,
And spangled heavens, a shining frame,
Their great Original proclaim.
    Soon as the evening shades prevail,
The moon takes up the wondrous tale,
And nightly to the listening earth
Repeats the story of her birth;
While all the stars that round her burn,
And all the planets in their turn,
Confirm the tidings as they roll,
And spread the truth from pole to pole.
    For ever singing as they shine,
The hand that made us is divine.
    Should the whole frame of Nature round him break,
In ruin and confusion hurled,
He, unconcerned, would hear the mighty crack,
And stand secure amidst a falling world.
          Horace. Ode iii. Book iii.
    In all thy humours, whether grave or mellow,
Thou ’rt such a touchy, testy, pleasant fellow,
Hast so much wit and mirth and spleen about thee,
There is no living with thee, nor without thee. 2
          Spectator. No. 68.
    Much may be said on both sides. 3
          Spectator. No. 122.
    The Lord my pasture shall prepare,
And feed me with a shepherd’s care;
His presence shall my wants supply,
And guard me with a watchful eye.
          Spectator. No. 444.
    Round-heads and wooden-shoes are standing jokes.
          Prologue to The Drummer.
Note 1.
He best can paint them who shall feel them most.—Alexander Pope: Eloisa to Abelard, last line. [back]
Note 2.
A translation of Martial, xii. 47, who imitated Ovid, Amores iii. 11, 39. [back]
Note 3.
Much may be said on both sides.—Henry Fielding: The Covent Garden Tragedy, act i. sc. 8. [back]