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Thy tinsel bosome seems a mint
Of new-coined treasure,
No change, no measure;
Nor wealth, nor pleasure.
"What mean dull souls, in this high measure,
Is dross and trash?
Is but a flash!
Emb., book ii.
Page 315.—The Sospetto di Herode has also been translated in 1675, by an unknown writer, who prefixed the initials T. It. It is often spirited and poetical, but generally inferior to the version by Crashaw.
Page 337.—There was a playful simplicity about all his expressions. After completing a work on which he had been long engaged, he said,—" Now for these three months, I will neither think a wise thought, nor speak a wise word, nor do an ill thing." He used often to remark, that he found it one of the hardest things in the world not to over-study himself; and when he was writing his Exposition of the Apocalypse, he observed, that his nag (as he called his imagination) was but over-free, and went even faster than he almost desired, but he thought it was the right way. But when his toil was over, he shared the weariness and exhaustion which result from literary exertion, and he complained to his friends that the Earthly House was a poor habitation for its immortal guest. More, indeed, underwent all the drudgery of authorship, his works being fairly transcribed by his own hand. Pope is known to have wished himself dead while translating Homer; and More, in his moments of irritation, assured his friends that when he got his hands out of the fire, he would not very suddenly thrust them in again. He seems to have shone in colloquial intercourse. His remarks often possess the terseness which gave such animation to the manner of Johnson.
Speaking of criticism and quotations, he said, that it was like going over ploughed lands; and in allusion to the copiousness of his fancy, he once observed, that he was forced to cut his way through a crowd of thoughts as through a wood.
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