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" Yet great labour, directed by great abilities, is never wholly lost: if they frequently threw away their wit upon false conceits, they likewise sometimes struck out unexpected truth; if their conceits were far-fetched, they were often worth the carriage.... "
The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets;: Cowley. Denham. Milton. Butler ... - Page 32
by Samuel Johnson - 1781 - 503 pages
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The Annual Register of World Events: A Review of the Year, Volume 22

History - 1796
...them ; and produced combinations of confuted magnificence, that not only could not be credited, but could not be imagined. Yet great labour, directed by great abilities, is never wholly loA : if they frequently threw away their wit upon falfe con. ceils, they likewife fometimfi ilruck...
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Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, to the Works of the English Poets, Volume 1

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1779 - 10 pages
...them ; and produced combinations of confufed magnificence, that not only could not be credited, but could not be imagined. Yet great labour, directed...worth the carriage. To write on their plan, it was at leafl neceflary to read and think. No man could be born a metaphyfical poet, nor aflume the dignity...
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Annual Register, Volume 22

Edmund Burke - History - 1780
...them ; and produced combinations of confufed magnificence, that not only could not be credited, but could not be imagined. Yet great labour, directed...ftruck out unexpected truth : if their conceits were far- fetched, they were often worth the carriage. To write on their plan, it was at leaft neceifary...
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The Monthly Review, Or, Literary Journal, Volume 61

Books - 1780
...behind them; and produced combinations ofconfufed magnificence, that not only could not be credited, bat could not be imagined. ' Yet great labour, directed...frequently threw away their wit upon falfe conceits, they likewise fometimes (Iruck out unexpected truth : if their conceit* were far-fetched, they were often...
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The Monthly Review, Volume 61

1780
...than he, who difiefts a fun beam with a prifm, can exhibit the wide effulgence of a Aun* ' mer noon. ' Yet great labour, directed by great abilities, is...away their wit upon falfe conceits, they likewife foroetimes ftruck out unexpected truth : if their conceits were far-fetched, they were often worth...
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The Monthly Review, Volume 61

1780
...them; and produced combinations ofconfufed magnificence, that not tfnly could not be credited, but could not be imagined. • ' Yet great labour, directed by great abilities, is never'wholly loft : if they frequently threw away their wit upon falfe conceits, they likewife fometimes...
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The lives of the most eminent English poets

Samuel Johnson, John Hawkins - 1787
...them ; and produced combinations of confufed magnificence, that not only could not be credited, but could not be imagined. Yet great labour, directed...their wit upon falfe conceits, they likewife fometimes (truck out unexpected truth : if their conceits were far-fetched, they were often worth the carriage....
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The Works of Samuel Johnson.LL.D..: The lives of the English poets

Samuel Johnson - 1792
...them; and produced combinations of confufed magnificence, that not only could not be credited, but could not be imagined. Yet great labour, directed...worth the carriage. To write on their plan it was at laft neceflary to read and think. No man could be born a metaphyfical poet, nor afiume the dignity...
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The Lives of the English Poets: and a Criticism of Their Work

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1795 - 536 pages
...them ; and produced combinations of confufed magnificence, that not only could not be credited, but could not be imagined. Yet great labour, directed...ftruck out unexpected truth: if their conceits were far fetched, they were often worth the carriage. To write on their plan, it was at leaft neceflary...
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The New Annual Register, Or General Repository of History, Politics, and ...

English poetry - 1801
...behind, and produced combinations of confufed magnificence, which not only could not be credited, but could not be imagined. Yet great labour, directed...frequently threw away their wit upon falfe conceits, they fometimes ftruck out unexpected truth ; if their thoughts were far-fetched, they were fometimes worth...
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