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" Nothing can less display knowledge, or less exercise invention, than to tell how a shepherd has lost his companion, and must now feed his flocks alone, without any judge of his skill in piping ; and how one god asks another god what is become of Lycidas,... "
Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets: With Critical Observations on Their ... - Page 141
by Samuel Johnson - 1854
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The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1

Alexander Pope - Poets, English - 1822 - 436 pages
...Subordinate poets exercise no invention, when they tell how a shepherd has lost his companion, and must feed his flocks alone, without any judge of his skill in piping : but Milton dignifies and adorns these common artificial incidents with unexpected touches of picturesque...
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The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1

Alexander Pope - Poets, English - 1822
...Subordinate poets exercise no invention, when they tell how a shepherd has lost his companion, and must feed his flocks alone, without any judge of his skill in piping : but Milton dignifies and adorns these common artificial incidents with unexpected touches of picturesque...
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The works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 5

Samuel Johnson - 1824
...such as a college easily supplies. Nothing can less display knowledge, or less exercise invention, than to tell how a shepherd has lost his companion,...skill in piping; and how one god asks another god what has become of Lycidas, and how neither god can tell. He who thus grieves will excite no sympathy; he...
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The Poetical Works of John Milton: With Notes of Various Authors ..., Volume 4

John Milton - 1824
...Subordinate poets exercise no invention, when they tell how a shepherd has lost his companion, and must feed his flocks alone, without any judge of his skill in piping : but Milton dignifies and adorns these common artificial incidents with unexpected touches of picturesque...
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The works of Samuel Johnson [ed. by F.P. Walesby].

Samuel Johnson - 1825
...such as a college easily supplies. Nothing can less display knowledge, or less exercise invention, than to tell how a shepherd has lost his companion,...yet a grosser fault. With these trifling fictions are mingled the most awful and sacred truths, such as ought never to be polluted with such irreverend...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: With Murphy's Essay, Volume 3

Samuel Johnson - 1825
...such as a co lege easily supplies. Nothing can less display knowledge, or less exercise invention, than to tell how a shepherd has lost his companion,...yet a grosser fault. With these trifling fictions are mingled the most awful and sacred truths, such as ought never to be polluted with such irreverend...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson ...: Lives of the poets

Samuel Johnson - 1825
...such as a college easily supplies. Nothing can less display knowledge, or less exercise invention, than to tell how a shepherd has lost his companion,...honour. This poem has yet a grosser fault. With these triflingfictions are mingled the most awful and sacred truths, such as ought never to be polluted with...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Lives of the poets

Samuel Johnson - 1825
...such as a college easily supplies. Nothing can less display knowledge, or less exercise invention, than to tell how a shepherd has lost his companion,...sympathy ; he who thus praises will confer no honour. I^This poem has yet a grosser fault. With these trifling fictions are mingled the most awful and sacred...
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The Lives of the English Poets, Volume 1

Samuel Johnson - Poets, English - 1826 - 420 pages
...such as a college easily supplies. Nothing can less display knowledge, or less exercise invention, than to tell how a shepherd has lost his companion, and must now feed his flocks alone, without any jndge of his' skill in piping; and how one god asks another god what has become of Lycidas, and how...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: Lives of the poets

Samuel Johnson - 1837
...imagery, such as a college easily supRlies. Nothing can less display knowledge, or rss exercise invention, is images and illustrations from a more extensive circumference of science. Dryden knew more of mon has become of Lycidas, and how neither god can tell. He who thus grieves will excite no sympathy ;...
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