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Matthew Prior (1664 – 1721)

English poet and diplomat.
Matthew Prior
He ranged his tropes, and preached up patience;
Backed his opinion with quotations.
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Abra was ready ere I called her name;
And though I called another, Abra came.
Soft peace she brings; wherever she arrives
She builds our quiet as she forms our lives;
Lays the rough paths of peevish Nature even,
And opens in each heart a little heaven.

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His noble negligences teach
What others' toils despair to reach.
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A Rechabite poor Will must live,
And drink of Adam's ale.
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They never taste who always drink;
They always talk who never think.
Matthew Prior
Odds life! must one swear to the truth of a song?
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Venus, take my votive glass;
Since I am not what I was,
What from this day I shall be,
Venus, let me never see.
That air and harmony of shape express,
Fine by degrees, and beautifully less.
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Cured yesterday of my disease,
I died last night of my physician.
Matthew Prior
Now fitted the halter, now traversed the cart,
And often took leave, but was loth to depart.

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Who breathes must suffer, and who thinks must mourn;
And he alone is bless'd who ne'er was born.
Matthew Prior
All jargon of the schools.
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Our hopes, like towering falcons, aim
At objects in an airy height;
The little pleasure of the game
Is from afar to view the flight.
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Till their own dreams at length decive 'em,
And oft repeating, they believe 'em.
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To John I owed great obligation;
But John, unhappily, thought fit
To publish it to all the nation:
Sure John and I are more than quit.
Matthew Prior
Forbear to mention what thou canst not praise.
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The end must justify the means.
Matthew Prior
That if weak women went astray,
Their stars were more in fault than they.
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Be to her virtues very kind;
Be to her faults a little blind.

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