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" Not one immoral, one corrupted thought, One line, which dying he could wish to blot. "
London Magazine: Or, Gentleman's Monthly Intelligencer... - Page 38
1749
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The Seasons

James Thomson - 1856 - 335 pages
...; For his chaste Muse employ'd her heaven-taught lyre None but the noblest passions to inspire — Not one immoral, one corrupted thought — One line, which dying he could wish to blot." At the request of Lord Buchan, Robert Burns, the eweet poet of Scotland, prepared the...
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Notes and Queries

1856
...at the age of fourscore, the poor old man puts us in mind of Littleton's compliment to Thomson : " Not one immoral, one corrupted thought, One line which, dying, he could wish to blot." For although mostly penned under the heat of political excitement, while badgered by...
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A Collection of Familiar Quotations: With Complete Indices of Authors and ...

John Bartlett - 1856 - 358 pages
...Coriolanus. For his chaste Muse employed her heaven-taught lyre None but the noblest passions to inspire, Not one immoral, one corrupted thought, One line, which dying he could wish to blot. Epigram. None without hope e'er loved the brightest fair, But love can hope where reason...
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The Seasons

James Thomson - 1856 - 335 pages
...laws; For his chaste Muse employed her heaven-taught lyre None but the noblest passions to inspire — Not one immoral, one corrupted thought — One line, which dying he could wish to blot." At the request of Lord Buchan, Robert Burns, the eweet poet of Scotland, prepared the...
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The Literature and the Literary Men of Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 2

Abraham Mills - 1858
...laws ; For his chaste muse employed her heaven-taught lyre i None but the noblest passions to inspire; Not one immoral, one corrupted thought, One line which, dying, he could wish Jo blot. 0 may to-night your favourable doom Another laurel add to grace his tomb : Whilst he,...
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Third period - From Dryden to Cowper

George Gilfillan - 1860
...of him, ' His chaste muse employed her heaven-taught lyre None but the noblest passions to inspire : Not one immoral, one corrupted thought, One line which dying he could wish to blot.' Lyttelton himself died August 22, 1773, aged sixty-four. His History is now little read....
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An index to familiar quotations selected principally from British authors ...

John Cooper Grocott - 1863
...or forgot, The last and greatest art, the art to blot. POPE. — To Augustus, Epistle I. Line 280. Not one immoral, one corrupted thought, One line, which dying he could wish to blot. LTTTLE-N. — Prologue to Thomson's Coriolanng, Line 23. No song Of mine, from youth...
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Familiar Quotations: Being an Attempt to Trace to Their Source Passages and ...

John Bartlett - 1865 - 480 pages
...1709-1773. For his chaste Muse employed her heaven-taught lyre None but the noblest passions to inspire, Not one immoral, one corrupted thought, One line, which dying he could wish to blot. Prologue to Thon^on's Coriolanus. None without hope e'er loved the brightest fair, But...
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The Dublin University Magazine: A Literary and Political Journal

1865
...life of Thomson, the accomplished author of the Seasons, who, as Lyttleton pithily observed, left " Not one immoral, one corrupted thought, One line which, dying, he could wish to blot." The erudition displayed in his exquisite poems would justify his being ranked amongst...
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"Their Majesties' Servants.": Annals of the English Stage, from ..., Volume 1

Dr. Doran (John) - 1865 - 846 pages
...of a poet, whose " Muse employ'd her heaven-taught lyre, None but the noblest passions to inspire ; Not one immoral, one corrupted thought, One line, which, dying, he could wish to blot." The last night Quin played as an engaged actor, was at Covent Garden, on the 15th of...
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