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" And when I die, be sure you let me know Great Homer died three thousand years ago. Why did I write ? what sin to me unknown Dipt me in ink, my parents... "
Eclectic Magazine: Foreign Literature - Page 425
1847
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The Wordsworth Dictionary of Quotations

Connie Robertson - 1998 - 669 pages
...fib, or sophistry; in vain, The creature's at his dirty work again. 8853 'An Epistle to DrArbuthnot' { 8854 'An Epistle to DrArbuthnot' To help me through this long disease, my life. weighs, 8855 'An Epistle...
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The Artist on the Artist

Harry Guest - 2000 - 462 pages
...dogged him all his life: Why did I write? what sin to me unknown Dipt me in Ink, my Parents', or my own? As yet a Child, nor yet a Fool to Fame, I lisp'd in Numbers, for the Numbers came. I left no calling for this idle trade, No Duty broke, no Father...
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The Making of the English Literary Canon: From the Middle Ages to the Late ...

Trevor Ross, Trevor Thornton Ross - 2000 - 400 pages
...pathological infantile ictus: Why did I write? what sin to me unknown Dipt me in Ink, my Parents', or my own? As yet a Child, nor yet a Fool to Fame, I lisp'd in Numbers, for the Numbers came. (125-8) Unlike what infects the decentred, situational selves...
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The Origins of English Words: A Discursive Dictionary of Indo-European Roots

Joseph Twadell Shipley - 2001 - 672 pages
...nonage until Waller came." Pope, in his Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot (1735), boasted: As yet a child, not yet a fool to fame, I lisped in numbers, for the numbers came. [See quotation under kob. ] In America, Longfellow began one of his best-known poems with the words...
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The Oxford Illustrated Companion to Medicine

...DrArbuthnot, gave this answer: Why did I write? What sin to use unknown Dipt me in Ink, my Parent's, or my own? As yet a child, nor yet a Fool to Fame, I lisp'd in Numbers, for the Numbers came. I left no Calling for this idle trade, No Duty broke, no Father...
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The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry

John Sitter - 2001 - 298 pages
...subject only to timeless truth: Why did I write? What sin to me unknown Dipt me in Ink, my parents' or my own? As yet a Child, nor yet a Fool to fame, I lisp'd in Numbers, for the Numbers came . . . Not Fortune's Worshipper, nor Fashion's Fool, Nor Lucre's...
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The Faith of a Writer: Life, Craft, Art

Joyce Carol Oates - 2004 - 176 pages
...Epistle to Dr. Arbutbnot: Why did I write? what sin to me unknown Dipt me in Ink, my Parents', or my own? As yet a Child, nor yet a Fool to Fame, I lisp'd in Numbers, for the Numbers came." *By "numbers," Pope meant rhythm and rime. NOTES ON FAILURE...
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Alexander Pope and His Critics: An essay on the genius and writings of Pope ...

Joseph Warton - 2004 - 432 pages
...word he uttered. P. 81. g. Why did I write? what fin, to me unknown, Dipt me in ink, my parents or my own ? As yet a child, nor yet a fool to fame, I lifp'd in numbers, for the numbers came. J left no calling for this idle trade, No duty broke, no father...
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The Cambridge Companion to Alexander Pope

Pat Rogers - 2007
...ancient authors. Unlike Robinson Crusoe, he committed no original sin in devoting himself to literature: "I left no Calling for this idle trade, | No Duty broke, no Father dis-obey'd" (Epistle to Arbuthnot, 19-30; TE, iv, p. 105). Indeed his father had been brought up strictly...
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Thought-Provoking Quotations

...read.' - Hilaire Belloc Why did I write? whose sin to me unknown Dipt me in ink, my parents', or my own? As yet a child, nor yet a fool to fame, I lisp'd in numbers,1 for the numbers came. - Alexander Pope, (Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot) Few love to...
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