17th-century English poet and playwright
John Dryden was an English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who was appointed England's first Poet Laureate in 1668.
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For truth has such a face and such a mien As to be lov'd needs only to be seen.
A knock-down argument: 't is but a word and a blow.
Thou tyrant, tyrant Jealousy, Thou tyrant of the mind!
Thus, while the mute creation downward bend Their sight, and to their earthly mother ten, Man looks aloft; and with erected eyes Beholds his own hereditary skies.
But far more numerous was the herd of such Who think too little and who talk too much.
He is the very Janus of poets; he wears almost everywhere two faces; and you have scarce begun to admire the one, ere you despise the other.
And he who servilely creeps after sense, Is safe, but ne'er will reach an excellence.
How blessed is he, who leads a country life, Unvex'd with anxious cares, and void of strife! Who studying peace, and shunning civil rage, Enjoy'd his youth, and now enjoys his age: All who deserve his love, he makes his own; And, to be lov'd himself, needs only to be known.
I trade both with the living and the dead, for the enrichment of our native language.
Freedom which in no other land will thrive, Freedom an English subject's sole prerogative.
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