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

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Oliver Goldsmith. (1730?–1774) (continued)
    Hope, like the gleaming taper’s light,
  Adorns and cheers our way; 1
And still, as darker grows the night,
  Emits a brighter ray.
          The Captivity. Act ii.
    Our Garrick ’s a salad; for in him we see
Oil, vinegar, sugar, and saltness agree!
          Retaliation. Line 11.
    Who mix’d reason with pleasure, and wisdom with mirth:
If he had any faults, he has left us in doubt.
          Retaliation. Line 24.
    Who, born for the universe, narrow’d his mind,
And to party gave up what was meant for mankind;
Though fraught with all learning, yet straining his throat
To persuade Tommy Townshend to lend him a vote.
Who too deep for his hearers still went on refining,
And thought of convincing while they thought of dining:
Though equal to all things, for all things unfit;
Too nice for a statesman, too proud for a wit.
          Retaliation. Line 31.
    His conduct still right, with his argument wrong.
          Retaliation. Line 46.
    A flattering painter, who made it his care
To draw men as they ought to be, not as they are.
          Retaliation. Line 63.
    Here lies David Garrick, describe me who can,
An abridgment of all that was pleasant in man.
          Retaliation. Line 93.
    As a wit, if not first, in the very first line.
          Retaliation. Line 96.
    On the stage he was natural, simple, affecting;
’T was only that when he was off he was acting.
          Retaliation. Line 101.
    He cast off his friends as a huntsman his pack,
For he knew when he pleas’d he could whistle them back.
          Retaliation. Line 107.
    Who pepper’d the highest was surest to please.
          Retaliation. Line 112.
Note 1.
Hope, like the taper’s gleamy light,
Adorns the wretch’s way.
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