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" ... praise, His life, to forfeit it a thousand ways; A constant bounty which no friend has made; An angel tongue, which no man can persuade; A fool, with more of wit than half mankind... "
The General Biographical Dictionary:: Containing an Historical and Critical ... - Page 332
1817
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With the Wits: Shelburne Essays, Tenth Series

Paul Elmer More - English wit and humor - 1919 - 311 pages
...half mankind; Too rash for thought, for action too refined; A tyrant to the wife his heart approves; A rebel to the very king he loves; He dies, sad outcast...state, And, harder still! flagitious, yet not great. Ask you why Wharton broke through ev'ry rule? 'T was all for fear the knaves should call him fool....
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The Poems of Alexander Pope: A One-volume Edition of the Twickenham Text ...

Alexander Pope - Poetry - 1963 - 850 pages
...marriage in 1715, when Wharton was only sixteen) was Martha Holmes (d. 1726). Although he abandoned or A Rebel to the very king he loves ; He dies, sad out-cast...state, And (harder still) flagitious, yet not great ! 205 Ask you why Wharton broke thro' ev'ry rule ? 'Twas all for fear the Knaves should call him Fool....
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The Skeptical Sublime: Aesthetic Ideology in Pope and the Tory Satirists

James Noggle - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 288 pages
...outrages unite to indicate his ever self-defeating inconstancy: A Tyrant to the wife his heart approves; A Rebel to the very king he loves; He dies, sad out-cast...state, And (harder still) flagitious, yet not great! (202-5) While an air of outrage clings to Wharton's particular, treasonous political choices, Pope...
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Once a Week

Eneas Sweetland Dallas - 1870
...half mankind ; Too rash for thought, for action too refined ; A tyrant to the wile his heart approves; A rebel to the very king he loves ; He dies — sad...state, And, harder still, flagitious, yet not great. Ask you, why Wharton broke through every ruleP 'Twas all for fear the knaves should call him fool....
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