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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 English Poets: and a Criticism of Their Work - Page 22
by Samuel Johnson - 1795 - 536 pages
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The lives of the most eminent English poets

Samuel Johnson, John Hawkins - 1787
...conceits, they likewife fometimes (truck out unexpected truth : if their conceits were far-fetched, they were often worth the carriage. To write on their...think. No man could be born a metaphyfical poet, nor afiume the dignity of a writer, by defcriptions copied from defcriptions, by imitations borrowed from...
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The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets,: With Critical ..., Volume 1

Samuel Johnson - Poets, English - 1790
...conceits, they likewife fbmetimes flruck out unexpected truth: if their conceits were far-fetched, they were often 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 affume the dignity...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson.LL.D..: The lives of the English poets

Samuel Johnson - 1792
...conceits, they likewife fometimes ftruck out unexpected truth ; if their conceits were far-fetched, they were often 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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Lives of English poets

Samuel Johnson - 1801
...conceits, they likewife fometimes 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 neceffary to read and •^fthink. No man could be born a metaphyfical poet, nor affume the dignity...
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Annual Register, Volume 22

History - 1802
...neceflary to плА and think. No man could t born a metaphyfical poci. nor r * »flume the dignity of л writer, by defcriptions copied from defcriptions, by imitations borrowed from imitations, by traditional imagery, and hereditary fimilies, by readinefs of rhyme, and volubility of fyllables. In...
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The works of the poets of Great Britain and Ireland. With prefaces ..., Volume 1

Great Britain - 1804
...conceits, they likewise sometimes struck out unexpected truth : If their conceits were far-fetched, thev were often worth the carriage. To write on their plan, it was at least necessary to read and think. No man could be born a metaphysical poet, nor assume the dignity...
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The works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 9

Samuel Johnson - 1806
...conceits, theylikewife fometimes frruck out unexpected truth : if their conceits were far-fetched, they were often worth the carriage. To write on their...think. No man could be born a metaphyfical poet, nor aflurne the dignity of a writer, by defcriptions copied from defcriptions, by imitations borrowed from...
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The Works of Abraham Cowley, Volume 1

Abraham Cowley - English literature - 1806
...conceits, they likewise sometimes struck out unexpected truth : if their conceits were far-fetched, they were often worth the carriage. To write on their plan, it was at least necessary to read and think. No man could be born a metaphysical poet, nor assume the dignity...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 10

Samuel Johnson - English literature - 1806
...conceits, they likewise sometimes struck out unexpected truth : if their conceits were far-fetched, they were often worth the carriage. To write on their plan it was at least necessary to read and think. No man could be born a metaphysical poet, nor assume the dignity...
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The Works of Mr. A. Cowley: In Prose and Verse, Volume 1

Abraham Cowley - 1809
...conceits, they likewise sometimes struck out unexpected truth : if their conceits were far-fetched, they were often worth the carriage. To write on their plan, it was at least necessary to read and think. No man could be born a metaphysical poet, nor assume the dignity...
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