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" I'd go to school six hours on Christmas-day, Or construe Persius while my comrades play. Such work by hireling actors should be done, Who tremble when they see a critic frown: Poor rogues, that smart like fencers for their bread. And, if they are not... "
The Works of the English Poets: With Prefaces, Biographical and Critical - Page 73
by Samuel Johnson - 1779
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The Poetical Works of Matthew Prior, Volume 2

Matthew Prior - 1779
...witnefs all ye gods of ancient Greece, Rather than condefcend to terms like thefe, I 'd go to fchool fix hours on Chriftmas-day, Or conftrue Perfius while...bread, And, if they are not wounded, are not fed. But, firs, our labour has more noble ends, We aft our tragedy to fee our friends : Our generous fcenes are...
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The Poetical Works of Matthew Prior, Volume 2

Matthew Prior - 1779
...hours on Chriftmas-day, Or cwiftrne Perfius while my comrades play. Such work by hireling aftors fhould be done, Who tremble when they fee a critic frown....bread, And, if they are not wounded, are not fed. But, But, firs, our labour has more noble ends, "We aft our tragedy to fee our friends : Our generous fcenes...
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The works of the English poets. With prefaces, biographical and ..., Volume 32

English poets - 1790
...witnefs all ye gods of ancient Greece, Rather than condefcend to terms like thefe, I'd go to fchool fix hours on Chriftmas-day, Or conftrue Perfius while my comrades play. Such work by hireling aftors fhould be done, Who tremble when they fee a critic frown; Poor Poor rogues, that finart like fencers...
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A Complete Edition of the Poets of Great Britain..: Parnell. Garth. Rowe ...

1795
...on Chriftmas day, Or conftrue Perfiu« while my comrades play. Such work by hireling aâois Ihould be done, Who tremble when they fee a critic frown...fed. But, Sirs, our labour has more noble ends, We in. t our tragedy to fee our friends : Our generous fcenee are for pure love repeated, And if you are...
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Bell's Edition: The Poets of Great Britain Complete from Chaucer to ...

1797
...actors should be done, Who tremble when they see acritic frown : Pppr rogues, that grrmt like fenpers for their bread, And if they are not wounded, are...fed. But, Sirs, our labour has more noble ends, We act our tragedy to see our friends: Our gen'rous scenes are for pure love repeated, And if you are...
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The poetical works of Matthew Prior. With the life of the author. Cooke's ed

Matthew Prior - 1802
...witnefs all ye Gods of ancient Greece, father than condefcend to terms like thefe, I'd go to ichool fix hours on Chriftmas-day, Or conftrue Perfius while my comrades play. Such work by hireling aftors mould be done Who tremble when they fee a critic frown : 10 Poor rogues, that finart like fencers for...
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Hughes, Sheffield, Prior, Congreve, Blackmore, Fenton, Gay

Alexander Chalmers - 1810
...he done, Who tremble when they see a critic frown ; I'oor rogues, that smart like fencers for tbeir bread, And, if they are not wounded, are not fed. But, sirs, our labour has more noble ends, W , • act our tragedy to see our friends : Our generous scenes are for pure love repeated, And if...
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Elegant extracts in poetry, Volume 2

Elegant extracts - 1816
...hireling actors should he done, Who tremble when they see a critic frown ; Poor rogues, that smart, like fencers, for their bread, And if they are not wounded, are not fed. But, sirs, our labor has more noble ends, We act our tragedy to see our friends : Our gcn'rous scenes arc for pure...
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The British Poets: Including Translations ...

British poets - 1822
...hireling actors should be done, Who tremble when they see a critic frown : Poor rogues, that smart like fencers for their bread, And, if they are not...fed. But, sirs, our labour has more noble ends, We act our tragedy to see our friends : Our generous scenes are for pure love repeated, And if you are...
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The Poetical Works of Matthew Prior, Volume 2

Matthew Prior - 1835
...by hireling actors should be done, Who tremble when they see a critic frown: Poor rogues, that smart like fencers for their bread. And, if they are not...fed. But, sirs, our labour has more noble ends, We act our tragedy to see our friends: Our generous scenes are for pure love repeated, And if you are...
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