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" Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise : He who defers this work from day to day, Does on a river's bank expecting stay Till the whole stream which stopp'd him should be gone, Which runs, and, as it runs, for ever will run on. "
Censura Literaria: Containing Titles, Abstracts, and Opinions of Old English ... - Page 295
by Sir Egerton Brydges - 1806
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Selections from the Works of Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson - 1909 - 479 pages
...exspectat dum defluat amnis: at ille LaWtur, et labetur in omne volubilis cevum. — HOR. EI>. 1. 2. 40-43. Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise ; He who defers...bank expecting stay, Till the whole stream, which stopp'd him, should be gone, That runs, and as It runs, for ever will run on. — COWLEY. AN ancient...
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Selections from the Works of Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson - 1909 - 479 pages
...this work from day to day, Does on a river's bank expecting stay, Till the whole stream, which stopp'd him, should be gone, That runs, and as it runs, for ever will run on. — COWLET. AN ancient poet, unreasonably discontented at the present state of things, which his system...
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Melodious Guile: Fictive Pattern in Poetic Language

John Hollander - 1990 - 262 pages
...went on to praise, as an example of "representative versification," the conclusion of these couplets: He who defers this work from day to day, Does on a...river's bank expecting stay Till the whole stream which stopp'd him should be gone Which runs, and, as it runs, for ever will run on. Here, the last line so...
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Encyclopedia of Literary Translation Into English: A-L

O. Classe, [Anonymus AC02468681] - 2000 - 1714 pages
...prorogat horam Rusticus expectat dum labitur Amnis, at ille Labitur, & labetur in omne volubis aevum. Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise; He who defers this work from day to day, Does on a Rivers Bank expecting stay, Till the whole stream, which stopt him, should be gon, That nuns, and as...
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cowley's prose works

...horam, Rusticus exspectat, dum labitur amnis, at ille 15 Labitur, et labetur in omne volubilis sevum." Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise ; He who defers...the whole stream, which stopt him, should be gone, 20 That runs, and as it runs, for ever will run on. Caesar (the man of expedition above all others)...
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The Argosy, Volume 56

Charles William Wood - 1893
...secure when there is a possibility to be deprived." Cowley has some very good lines on this subject : " Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise, He who defers...river's bank expecting stay Till the whole stream, which stopped him, should begone, That runs, and as it runs, for ever will run on." Sir Walter Scott's Wamba...
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Fraser's Magazine, Volume 14

1836
...that critic has doubted whether any other English line can equal : " Begin, be bold, and venture to bo wise. He who defers this work from day to day. Does...river's bank expecting stay. Till the whole stream that stopp'd him shall be gone, Which runs, and as it runs, far ever shall run on." The next letters...
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Essays, Plays and Verses

...prorogat horam Rusticus expeflat dum labitur Amnis, at tlle Labitur, £jf labetur in omne volubilis tevum. Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise ; He who defers this work from day to day, Does on a Rivers Bank expecting stay, Till the whole stream, which stopt him, should be gon, That runs, and as...
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Cowley's Essay

Abraham Cowley
...prorogat horam Rusticys expectat dum labitur Amnis, at Me Labitur, & labetur in omne volubilis cevum. Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise; He who defers this work from day to day, Does on a Rivers Bank expecting stay, Till the whole stream, which stopt him, should be gon, That runs, and as...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

Samuel Johnson - 1825
...given one example of representative versification, which perhaps no other English line can equal : Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise : He who defers this work from day to day, I)oes on a river's bank expecting stay Till the whole stream that stopp'd him shall be gone, Which...
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