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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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John Dryden. (1631–1700) (continued)
    For pity melts the mind to love. 1
          Alexander’s Feast. Line 96.
    Softly sweet, in Lydian measures,
Soon he sooth’d his soul to pleasures.
War, he sung, is toil and trouble;
Honour but an empty bubble;
  Never ending, still beginning,
Fighting still, and still destroying.
  If all the world be worth the winning,
Think, oh think it worth enjoying:
  Lovely Thais sits beside thee,
  Take the good the gods provide thee.
          Alexander’s Feast. Line 97.
    Sigh’d and look’d, and sigh’d again.
          Alexander’s Feast. Line 120.
    And, like another Helen, fir’d another Troy.
          Alexander’s Feast. Line 154.
    Could swell the soul to rage, or kindle soft desire.
          Alexander’s Feast. Line 160.
    He rais’d a mortal to the skies,
She drew an angel down.
          Alexander’s Feast. Line 169.
    A very merry, dancing, drinking,
Laughing, quaffing, and unthinking time.
          The Secular Masque. Line 40.
    Fool, not to know that love endures no tie,
And Jove but laughs at lovers’ perjury. 2
          Palamon and Arcite. Book ii. Line 758.
    For Art may err, but Nature cannot miss.
          The Cock and the Fox. Line 452.
    And that one hunting, which the Devil design’d
For one fair female, lost him half the kind.
          Theodore and Honoria. Line 227.
    Old as I am, for ladies’ love unfit,
The power of beauty I remember yet.
          Cymon and Iphigenia. Line 1.
Note 1.
See Beaumont and Fletcher, Quotation 24. [back]
Note 2.
This proverb Dryden repeats in Amphitryon, act i. sc. 2.

See Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Quotation 25. [back]