Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson

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Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 [OS 7 September] – 13 December 1784), often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, playwright, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor, and lexicographer. Religiously, he was a devout Anglican,[1] and politically a committed Tory.
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Part of the Dialogue Between Hector and Andromache

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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
How would the Trojans brand great Hector's name
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To Mrs Thrale on Her Completing Her Thirty-fifth Year

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Oft in danger, yet alive,
We are come to thirty-five;
Long may better years arrive,
Better years than thirty-five
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Translation of a Speech of Aquileio in the Adriano of Metastasio

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Grown old in courts, thou art not surely
Who keeps the rigid rules of ancient honour;
Well skill'd to soothe a foe with looks of kindness,
To sink the fatal precipice before him,
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London - in Imitation of the Third Satire of Juvenal

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'—-Quis
Tam patiens urbis, tam ferreus ut teneat se
' ~ Juv
Though grief and fondness in my breast rebel,
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The City of God

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TY of God, how broad and far Outspread 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 working band, one harvest-song, One King Omnipotent...
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Stella In Mourning

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When lately Stella's form
The beauties of the gay brocade,
The nymphs, who found their power decline,
Proclaim'd her not so fair as fine
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Summer

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O Phoebus
down the western sky,
Far hence diffuse thy burning ray,
Thy light to distant worlds supply,
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Evening Ode

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To Stella:
Evening now from purple
Sheds the grateful gifts she brings;
Brilliant drops bedeck the mead,
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The Natural Beauty

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To Stella:
Whether Stella's eyes are
Fix'd on earth or glancing round,
If her face with pleasure glow,
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Epitaph on Sir Thomas Hanmer Bart

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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 his end
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Horace Book IV Ode 7

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The snow dissolv'd, no more is seen;
The fields and woods, behold
are green;
The changing year renews the plain,
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From Boethius De Consolatione Philosophiae Book II Metre 2

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Though countless as the grains of
That roll at Eurus' loud command;
Though countless as the lamps of
That glad us with vicarious light;
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From the Medea of Euripides

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The rites derived from ancient days With thoughtless reverence we praise,
The rites that taught us to
The joys of music and of wine,
And bid the feast, and song and bowlO'erfill the saturated soul:
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On the Death of Dr Robert Levet

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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
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Spring

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Stern Winter now, by Spring
Forbears the long-continued strife;
And Nature, on her naked breast,
Delights to catch the gales of life
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Friendship

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Friendship
peculiar boon of Heaven,
The noble mind's delight and pride,
To men and angels only given,
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