The Dunciad: An Heroic Poem. In Three Books

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Thomas Ruddiman, 1728 - Microfilms - 51 pages

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Page 13 - O ! ever gracious to perplex'd mankind, Still spread a healing mist before the mind ; And lest we err by wit's wild dancing light, Secure us kindly in our native night.
Page 40 - As Berecynthia, while her offspring vie In homage to the mother of the sky, Surveys around her, in the blest abode...
Page 11 - Studious he sate, with all his books around, Sinking from thought to thought, a vast profound ! Plung'd for his sense, but found no bottom there ; Then writ, and flounder'd on, in mere despair.
Page 18 - They summon all her race: an endless band Pours forth, and leaves unpeopled half the land. A motley mixture! in long wigs, in bags, In silks, in crapes, in garters, and in rags, From drawing-rooms, from colleges, from garrets, On horse, on foot, in hacks, and gilded chariots: All who true dunces in her cause appear'd, And all who knew those dunces to reward.
Page 15 - And save the state by cackling to the Tories? Yes, to my Country I my pen consign, Yes, from this moment, mighty Mist! am thine, And rival, Curtius! of thy fame and zeal, O'er head and ears plunge for the publick weal.
Page 13 - For thee I dim thefe eyes, and fluff this head, With all fuch reading as was never read ; For thee fupplying, in the worft of days, Notes to dull books, and Prologues to dull plays...
Page 16 - Now leave all memory of fenfe behind : " How Prologues into Prefaces decay, " And thefe to Notes are fritter'd quite away: " How Index-learning turns no ftudent pale, " Yet holds the eel of fcience by the tail: " How, with lefs reading than makes felons " 'fcape, *' Lefs human genius than God gives an ape, " Small thanks to France, and none to Rome
Page 11 - Daemons in ftrange league engage And earth, and heaven, and hell her battles wage. She ey'd the bard, where...
Page 9 - Mettpbon advance, Pleas'd with the madnefs of the mazy danceHow Tragedy and Comedy embrace; How...
Page 38 - How little, feel that portion of the ball, Where faint at belt the beams of fcience fall I Againft her throne, from Hyperborean Skies, ; In dulnefs ftrong, th...

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