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" O that I had never known what a court was! Dear Pope, what a barren soil (to me so) have I been striving to produce something out of! Why did I not take your advice before my writing fables for the duke, not to write them? Or rather, to write them for... "
The General Biographical Dictionary: Containing an Historical and Critical ... - Page 353
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Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Alexander Pope, Esq, Volume 2

William Ayre, Edmund Curll - 1745
...Pope, what a barren Soil (to me fo) have I been ftriving to produce fomething out of ! Why did I not take your Advice before my writing Fables for the...Duke, not to write them ? Or rather, to write them for fome young Nobleman ? It is my very hard Fate, I muft get nothing, write for them or againft them....
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The Monthly Review, Volume 17

1757
...Dear Pope, whtt a barren foil (tome Ip) have I been ilriving to produce fomething out of! WhycidI noi take your advice, before my writing fables for the...Duke, not to Write them, or rather to write them for fome young nobleman f It is my very hard fate, I mull g no;hiiig, write for them, or againll them."...
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The Works of Mr. John Gay: In Four Volumes. To which is Added an Account of ...

John Gay - 1770
...what " a barren foil (to me fo) have I been ftriving to pro" duce fomething out of ! Why did not 1 take your " Advice before my writing fables for the...duke, not " to write them, or rather to write them for fome " young nobleman? It is my hard fate, I muft get " nothing, write for them or againft them." In...
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Bell's Edition: The Poets of Great Britain Complete from Chaucer to ...

1797
...have I been striving to produce something out " of! Why did I not take your advice before my writ" ing fables for the Duke, not to write them, or rather " to write them for some young nobleman i It is my " hard fate, I must get nothing, wri'e for them or " against them." In this disposition,...
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The General Biographical Dictionary, Volume 15

Alexander Chalmers - 1814
...stars. There is now (what Milton says in hell) darkness visible. O that I had never known what a court was! Dear Pope, what a barren soil (to me so) have...find him rejecting a proposal, made to him by this last- mentioned friend in 1732, of trying his muse upon the hermitage, then lately built by queen Caroline...
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Time's Telescope for ... ; Or, A Complete Guide to the Almanack

1819
...court was ! Dear Pope, what a barren soil (to me so) have I been striving to make some thing out of !****It is my hard fate, I must get nothing, write for them or against them.' Not all the noble additions to his fame, his fortune, and his friendships, procured him by the unrivalled...
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The Georgian Era: Voyagers and travellers. Philosophers and men of science ...

---- Clarke - 1834
...occasion are vividly expressed ma letter to Pope some time afterwards, wherein he says, " Why did I not take your advice, before my writing Fables for the duke, not to write them ; or rather to write them fur some young nobleman ? It is my very hard fate, — I must get nothing, write lor them or against...
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Bentley's Miscellany, Volume 4

1839
...brother poet, " what a barren soil I have been striving to produce something out of! Why did I not take your advice before my writing fables for the...is my hard fate, — I must get nothing, write for or against them." Poor Gay ! Too well he knew, as Spenser so feelingly sings in his Mother Hubbard's...
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The Thames and Its Tributaries: Or, Rambles Among the Rivers, Volume 1

Charles Mackay - 1840
...brother poet, " what a barren soil I have been striving to produce something out of! Why did I not take your advice before my writing fables for the...is my hard fate, — I must get nothing, write for or against them." Poor Gay ! Too well he knew, as Spenser so feelingly sings in his Mother Hubbard's...
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Memoirs of the Court of England: From the Revolution in 1688 to ..., Volume 3

John Heneage Jesse - 1843
...striving to produce something out of? Why did I not take your advice, before my writing Fables for a Duke, not to write them; or rather to write them for some young nobleman? It is my very hard fate, I must get nothing, write for them or against them." Gay died at the house of the Duke...
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