Samuel Johnson
One And Twenty by Samuel Johnson

One And Twenty by Samuel Johnson

LONG-EXPECTED one and twenty Ling'ring year at last has flown, Pomp and pleasure, pride and plenty Great Sir John, are all your own. Loosen'd from the minor's tether, Free to ...

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Autumn by Samuel Johnson

Autumn by Samuel Johnson

Alas! with swift and silent pace,Impatient time rolls on the year;The Seasons change, and Nature's faceNow sweetly smiles, now frowns severe.'Twas Spring, 'twas Summer, all was ...

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Lines by Samuel Johnson

Lines by Samuel Johnson

Written in Ridicule of Certain Poems {of Thomas Warton} Published in 1777.Wheresoe'er I turn my view,All is strange, yet nothing new;Endless labour all along,Endless labour to be ...

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Drury-Lane Prologue Spoken By Mr. Garrick by Samuel Johnson

Drury-Lane Prologue Spoken By Mr. Garrick by Samuel Johnson

1 When Learning's triumph o'er her barb'rous foes2 First rear'd the stage, immortal Shakespear rose;3 Each change of many-colour'd life he drew,4 Exhausted ...

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A Short Song Of Congratulation by Samuel Johnson

A Short Song Of Congratulation by Samuel Johnson

LONG-EXPECTED one and twenty Ling'ring year at last has flown, Pomp and pleasure, pride and plenty Great Sir John, are all your own. Loosen'd from the minor's tether, Free to ...

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The Vanity Of Wealth by Samuel Johnson

The Vanity Of Wealth by Samuel Johnson

No more thus brooding o'er yon heap,With avarice painful vigils keep:Still unenjoy'd the present store,Still endless sighs are breathed for more.O! quit the shadow, catch the ...

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London – In Imitation Of The Third Satire Of Juvenal by Samuel Johnson

London – In Imitation Of The Third Satire Of Juvenal by Samuel Johnson

'--Quis ineptaeTam patiens urbis, tam ferreus ut teneat se?' ~ Juv.Though grief and fondness in my breast rebel,When injured Thales bids the town farewell;Yet still my calmer ...

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Epitaph On Sir Thomas Hanmer, Bart. by Samuel Johnson

Epitaph On Sir Thomas Hanmer, Bart. by Samuel Johnson

Thou who survey'st these walls with curious eye,Pause at this tomb where Hanmer's ashes lie;His various worth through varied life attend,And learn his virtues while thou mourn'st ...

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From The Medea Of Euripides by Samuel Johnson

From The Medea Of Euripides by Samuel Johnson

The rites derived from ancient days With thoughtless reverence we praise,The rites that taught us to combineThe joys of music and of wine,And bid the feast, and song and ...

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Burlesque by Samuel Johnson

Burlesque by Samuel Johnson

Of the modern versifications of ancient legendary tales. - An impromptu.The tender infant, meek and mild,Fell down upon the stone:The nurse took p the squealing child,But still ...

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Evening Ode by Samuel Johnson

Evening Ode by Samuel Johnson

To Stella:Evening now from purple wingsSheds the grateful gifts she brings;Brilliant drops bedeck the mead,Cooling breezes shake the reed;Shake the reed, and curl the ...

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From Boethius by Samuel Johnson

From Boethius by Samuel Johnson

O Thou! whose power o'er moving worlds presides,Whose voice created, and whose wisdom guides,On darkling man in pure effulgence shine,And cheer the clouded mind with light ...

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Horace: Book 1, Ode 22 by Samuel Johnson

Horace: Book 1, Ode 22 by Samuel Johnson

The man, my friend, whose conscious heartWith virtue's sacred ardour glows,Nor taints with death the envenom'd dart,Nor needs the guard of Moorish bows:Though Scythia's icy cliffs ...

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On Seeing A Bust Of Mrs. Montague by Samuel Johnson

On Seeing A Bust Of Mrs. Montague by Samuel Johnson

Had this fair figure, which this frame displays,Adorn'd in Roman time the brightest days,In every dome, in every sacred place,Her statue would have breathed an added grace,And on ...

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Inspiration by Samuel Johnson

Inspiration by Samuel Johnson

LIFE of Ages, richly poured,Love of God, unspent and free,Flowing in the Prophet’s wordAnd the People’s liberty!Never was to chosen race That unstinted tide confined;Thine is ...

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To A Young Lady, On Her Birthday by Samuel Johnson

To A Young Lady, On Her Birthday by Samuel Johnson

This tributary verse receive, my fair,Warm with an ardent lover's fondest prayer,May this returning day for ever findThy form more lovely, more adorn'd thy mind; All pains, all ...

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Friendship by Samuel Johnson

Friendship by Samuel Johnson

Friendship! peculiar boon of Heaven,The noble mind's delight and pride,To men and angels only given,To all the lower world denied.While love, unknown among the bless'd,Parent of ...

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Horace: Book Ii. Ode 9 by Samuel Johnson

Horace: Book Ii. Ode 9 by Samuel Johnson

Clouds do not always veil the skies,Nor showers immerse the verdant plain;Nor do the billows always rise,Or storms afflict the ruffled main.Nor, Valgius, on the Armenian shoresDo ...

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The Vanity Of Human Wishes by Samuel Johnson

The Vanity Of Human Wishes by Samuel Johnson

Let observation with extensive view, Survey mankind, from China to Peru; Remark each anxious toil, each eager strife, And watch the busy scenes of crowded life; ...

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From Boethius: De Consolatione Philosophiae; Book Ii. Metre 4. by Samuel Johnson

From Boethius: De Consolatione Philosophiae; Book Ii. Metre 4. by Samuel Johnson

Wouldst thou to some steadfast seat,Out of Fortune's power retreat?Wouldst thou, when fierce Eurus blows,Calmly rest in safe repose?Wouldst thou see the foaming main,Tossing rave, ...

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On The Death Of Mr. Robert Levet, A Practiser In Physic by Samuel Johnson

On The Death Of Mr. Robert Levet, A Practiser In Physic by Samuel Johnson

CONDEMN'D to Hope's delusive mine, As on we toil from day to day,By sudden blasts or slow decline Our social comforts drop away.Well tried through many a varying year, See Levet ...

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Gnothi Seauton by Samuel Johnson

Gnothi Seauton by Samuel Johnson

When Scaliger, whole years of labour past,Beheld his lexicon complete at lastAnd weary of his task, with wond'ring eyes,Saw, from words pil'd on words, a fabric rise,He curs'd the ...

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From Boethius: De Consolatione Philosophiae; Book Iii. Metre 5 by Samuel Johnson

From Boethius: De Consolatione Philosophiae; Book Iii. Metre 5 by Samuel Johnson

The man who pants for ample sway,Must bid his passions all obey;Must bid each wild desire be still,Nor yoke his reason with his will:For though beneath thy haughty browWarm ...

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Anacreon: Ode 9 by Samuel Johnson

Anacreon: Ode 9 by Samuel Johnson

Lovely courier of the sky,Whence and whither dost thou fly?Scattering, as thy pinions play,Liquid fragrance all the way:Is it business? is it love? Tell me, tell me, gentle ...

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From Boethius: De Consolatione Philosophiae; Book Ii. Metre 2. by Samuel Johnson

From Boethius: De Consolatione Philosophiae; Book Ii. Metre 2. by Samuel Johnson

Though countless as the grains of sandThat roll at Eurus' loud command;Though countless as the lamps of nightThat glad us with vicarious light;Fair plenty, gracious queen, should ...

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On Hearing Miss Thrale Consulting With A Friend About A Gown And Hat by Samuel Johnson

On Hearing Miss Thrale Consulting With A Friend About A Gown And Hat by Samuel Johnson

Wear the gown and wear the hat,Snatch thy pleasures while they last;Hadst thou nine lives, like a cat,Soon those nine lives would be pass'd.

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On Lyce – An Elderly Lady by Samuel Johnson

On Lyce – An Elderly Lady by Samuel Johnson

Ye nymphs whom starry rays invest,By flattering poets given,Who shine, by lavish lovers dress'd,In all the pomp of heaven.Engross not all the beams on high,Which gild a lover's ...

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Horace: Book Iv. Ode 7 by Samuel Johnson

Horace: Book Iv. Ode 7 by Samuel Johnson

The snow dissolv'd, no more is seen;The fields and woods, behold! are green;The changing year renews the plain,The rivers know their banks again;The sprightly nymph and naked ...

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The Natural Beauty by Samuel Johnson

The Natural Beauty by Samuel Johnson

To Stella:Whether Stella's eyes are foundFix'd on earth or glancing round,If her face with pleasure glow,If she sigh at others' woe,If her easy air expressConscious worth, or soft ...

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To Miss Hickman, Playing The Spinet by Samuel Johnson

To Miss Hickman, Playing The Spinet by Samuel Johnson

Bright Stella, form'd for universal reign,Too well you know to keep the slaves you gain; When in your eyes resistless lightnings play,Awed into love our conquer'd hearts obey,And ...

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The City Of God by Samuel Johnson

The City Of God by Samuel Johnson

CITY of God, how broad and farOutspread thy walls sublime!The true thy chartered freemen are,Of every age and clime.One holy Church, one army strong, One steadfast high intent,One ...

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To Miss—, by Samuel Johnson

To Miss—, by Samuel Johnson

{On her giving the author a gold and silknet-work purse of her own weaving}.Though gold and silk their charms uniteTo make thy curious web delight,In vain the varied work would ...

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The Winter’s Walk by Samuel Johnson

The Winter’s Walk by Samuel Johnson

Behold, my fair, where'er we rove,What dreary prospects round us rise,The naked hill, the leafless grove,The hoary ground, the frowning skies.Nor only through the wasted ...

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To Mrs. Thrale On Her Completing Her Thirty-Fifth Year by Samuel Johnson

To Mrs. Thrale On Her Completing Her Thirty-Fifth Year by Samuel Johnson

Oft in danger, yet alive,We are come to thirty-five;Long may better years arrive,Better years than thirty-five.Could philosophers contriveLife to stop at thirty-five,Time his ...

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from The Vanity of Human Wishes by Samuel Johnson

from The Vanity of Human Wishes by Samuel Johnson

The Tenth Satire of Juvenal, ImitatedLet observation with extensive view, Survey mankind, from China to Peru; Remark each anxious toil, each eager strife, And watch the busy ...

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Spring by Samuel Johnson

Spring by Samuel Johnson

Stern Winter now, by Spring repress'dForbears the long-continued strife;And Nature, on her naked breast,Delights to catch the gales of life.Now o'er the rural kingdom roves,Soft ...

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Translation Of A Speech Of Aquileio In The Adriano Of Metastasio by Samuel Johnson

Translation Of A Speech Of Aquileio In The Adriano Of Metastasio by Samuel Johnson

Grown old in courts, thou art not surely oneWho keeps the rigid rules of ancient honour;Well skill'd to soothe a foe with looks of kindness,To sink the fatal precipice before ...

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Winter by Samuel Johnson

Winter by Samuel Johnson

No more the morn with tepid raysUnfolds the flower of various hue; Noon spreads no more the genial blaze,Nor gentle eve distills the dew.The lingering hours prolong the ...

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Written At The Request Of A Gentleman To Whom A Lady Had Given A Sprig Of Myrtle by Samuel Johnson

Written At The Request Of A Gentleman To Whom A Lady Had Given A Sprig Of Myrtle by Samuel Johnson

What hopes - what terrors does this gift create?Ambiguous emblem of uncertain fate.The myrtle (ensign of supreme commandConsign'd to Venus by Melissa's hand), Not less capricious ...

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Stella In Mourning by Samuel Johnson

Stella In Mourning by Samuel Johnson

When lately Stella's form display'dThe beauties of the gay brocade,The nymphs, who found their power decline,Proclaim'd her not so fair as fine.'Fate! snatch away the bright ...

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Song by Samuel Johnson

Song by Samuel Johnson

Not the soft sighs of vernal gales,The fragrance of the flowery vales,The murmurs of the crystal rill,The vocal grove, the verdant hill;Not all their charms, though all unite,Can ...

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Parody Of A Translation From The Medea Of Euripides by Samuel Johnson

Parody Of A Translation From The Medea Of Euripides by Samuel Johnson

Ere shall they not, who resolute exploreTimes gloomy backward with judicious eyes;And scanning right the practice of yore,Shall deem our hoar progenitors unwise.They to the dome ...

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To Lady Firebrace by Samuel Johnson

To Lady Firebrace by Samuel Johnson

At length must Suffolk beauties shine in vain,So long renown'd in B-n's deathless strain?Thy charms at least, fair Firebrace, might inspireSome zealous bard to wake the sleeping ...

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The Young Author by Samuel Johnson

The Young Author by Samuel Johnson

When first the peasant, long inclined to roam,Forsakes his rural sports and peaceful home,Pleas'd with the scene the smiling ocean yields,He scorns the verdant meads and flowery ...

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Summer by Samuel Johnson

Summer by Samuel Johnson

O Phoebus! down the western sky,Far hence diffuse thy burning ray,Thy light to distant worlds supply,And wake them to the cares of day.Come, gentle Eve, the friend of care,Come, ...

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Part Of The Dialogue Between Hector And Andromache by Samuel Johnson

Part Of The Dialogue Between Hector And Andromache by Samuel Johnson

She ceas'd; then godlike Hector answer'd kind - (His various plumage sporting in the wind)'That post and all the rest shall be my care;But shall I then forsake the unfinish'd war? ...

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To Miss –, by Samuel Johnson

To Miss –, by Samuel Johnson

{On her playing upon the harpsichord in a room hung with flower-pieces of her own painting}.When Stella strikes the tuneful stringIn scenes of imitated Spring,Where beauty ...

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On The Death Of Stephen Grey, F.R.S. by Samuel Johnson

On The Death Of Stephen Grey, F.R.S. by Samuel Johnson

The ElectricianLong hast thou borne the burden of the day,Thy task is ended, venerable Grey!No more shall art thy dexterous hand require,To break the sleep of elemental fire:To ...

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To Myrtilis – The New Year’s Offering by Samuel Johnson

To Myrtilis – The New Year’s Offering by Samuel Johnson

Madam, Long have I look'd my tablets o'er, And find I've much to thank you for;Outstanding debts beyond account,And new - who knows to what amount? Though small my wealth, not ...

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