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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 Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: Lives of the poets

Samuel Johnson - 1837
...conceits, they likewise sometimes strack out unexpected truth : if their conceits were far-fetched, uthors must be patronised only by virtuous peers, who shall point th least necessary to read and think. No man could be born a metaphysical poet, nor assume the dignity...
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Lives of the English Poets: With Critical Observations on Their Works ; And ...

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1840 - 502 pages
...wholly lost: if {hey frequently threw away their wit upon false conceits, they likewise sometimes struck out unexpected truth; if their conceits were far fetched,...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 British Friend of India Magazine, and Indian Review, Volume 2

Great Britain
...conceits, they likewise sometimes struck out unexpected truths — 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." In the same school with these " Metaphysical Poets ;" and like...
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Lives of the most eminent English poets, with critical ..., Volume 1

Samuel Johnson - 1854
...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 t hi iik. No man could be born a metaphysical poet, nor assume the dignity...
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Johnson's Lives of the British poets completed by W. Hazlitt, Volume 2

Samuel Johnson - 1854
...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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Exercises on Words: Designed as a Course of Practice on the Rudiments of ...

William Russell - English language - 1856 - 225 pages
...conceits, they likewise sometimes struck out unexpected truth : if their conceits were farfetched, 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 casquet of literature, a selection in poetry and prose, ed ..., Volumes 3-4

Casket - 1873
...conceits, they likewise sometimes struck out unexpected truth: if their conceits were far-fetched, of th' uuhonour'd dead, Dost in these lines their artless tale relate least necessary to read and think. No man could be born a metaphysical poet, nor assume the dignity...
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Macmillan's Reading Books

Readers - 1878
...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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Masterpieces of English Literature: Being Typical Selections of British and ...

William Swinton - American literature - 1880 - 638 pages
...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 95 the dignity...
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Studies in English Literature: Being Typical Selections of British and ...

William Swinton - American literature - 1886 - 638 pages
...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 v. the dignity...
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