The Poetical Works of John Dryden; With a Memoir Volume 1-2

The Poetical Works of John Dryden; With a Memoir Volume 1-2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...To talk like Doeg, and to write like thee.' containing near two hundred verses, were entirely Mr. Dry den's compositions, besides some touches in other places. Dcrriclc. SINCE men like beasts each other's prey were made, Since trade began, and priesthood grew a trade, Since realms were form'd, none sure so curst as those That madly their own happiness oppose; There heaven itself and god-like kings, in vain 5 von. 11. 1 Shower down the manna of a gentle reign: While pamper'd crowds to mad sedition run, And monarchs by indulgence are undone. Thus David's clemency was fatal grown, While wealthy faction aw'd the wanting throne. 10 For now their sovereign's orders to contemn Was held the charter of Jerusalem, His rights to invade, his tributes to refuse, A privilege peculiar to the Jews; As if from heavenly call this license fell, is And Jacob's seed were chosen to rebel! Achitophel with triumph sees his crimes Thus suited to the madness of the times; And Absalom, to make his hopes succeed, Of flattering charms no longer stands in need; 20 While fond of change, tho' ne'er so dearly bought, Our tribes outstrip the youth's ambitious thought; His swiftest hopes with swifter homage meet, And crowd their servile necks beneath his feet. _ Thus to his aid while pressing tides repair, 25 He mounts and spreads his streamers in the air. The charms of empire might his youth mislead, But what can our besotted Israel plead? Sway'd by a monarch, whose serene command Seems half the blessing of our promis'd land. so Whose only grievance is excess of ease; Freedom our pain, and plenty our disease! Yet, as all folly would lay claim to sense, And wickedness ne'er wanted a...show more

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  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 386g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123698529X
  • 9781236985293