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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1960
AUTHOR: John Dryden (1631–1700)
QUOTATION: Such subtle Covenants shall be made,
Till Peace it self is War in Masquerade.
ATTRIBUTION: JOHN DRYDEN, Absalom and Achitophel, part 2, lines 268–69, p. 9 (1682, reprinted 1970).

A variant of the second part, “And Peace it self is War in Masquerade,” appears earlier in the poem, part 1, line 752, p. 23.
SUBJECTS: War and peace