As writers become more numerous, it is natural for readers to become more indolent.
No. 175, Upon Unfortunate Merit.
One writer, for instance, excels at a plan, or a title-page, another works away the body of the book, and a third is a dab at an index.Oliver Goldsmith
The broken soldier, kindly bade to stay; Sat by his fire, and talked the night away, Wept o'er his wounds, or tales of sorrow done, Shoulder'd his crutch, and show'd how fields were won.Oliver Goldsmith
Turn, gentle Hermit of the Dale,And guide my lonely wayTo where yon taper cheers the valeWith hospitable ray.Oliver Goldsmith
Beheld the duteous son, the sire decayed,The modest matron, and the blushing maid,Forc'd from their homes, a melancholy train,To traverse climes beyond the Western main.Oliver Goldsmith
Hope, like the gleaming taper's light, Adorns and cheers our way; And still, as darker grows the night, Emits a brighter ray.Oliver Goldsmith
Such is the patriot's boast, where'er we roam, His first, best country ever is, at home.Oliver Goldsmith
Sweet Auburn, loveliest village of the plain, Where health and plenty cheered the labouring swain.Oliver Goldsmith
When they talked of their Raphaels,Correggios, and stuff, He shifted his trumpet, and only took snuff.Oliver Goldsmith
The sigh that rends thy constant heartShall break thy Edwin's too.Oliver Goldsmith
How small of all that human hearts endure, That part which laws or kings can cause or cure! Still to ourselves in every place consigned, Our own felicity we make or find. With secret course, which no loud storms annoy, Glides the smooth current of domestic joy.Oliver Goldsmith
Beheld the duteous son, the sire decayed, The modest matron, and the blushing maid, Forc'd from their homes, a melancholy train, To traverse climes beyond the Western main.Oliver Goldsmith
...the jackal seems to be placed between [the wolf and the dog]; to the savage fierceness of the wolf, it adds the impudent familiarity of the dog... It is more noisy in its pursuits even than the dog, and more voracious than the wolf.Oliver Goldsmith
The pictures placed for ornament and use, The twelve good rules, the royal game of goose.Oliver Goldsmith
So the loud torrent, and the whirlwind's roar, But bind him to his native mountains more.Oliver Goldsmith
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