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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... "
The Eclectic Magazine: Foreign Literature - Page 432
1847
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, Ll. D.: Containing Rambler

Samuel Johnson, Arthur Murphy - 1820
...dy'd In verse spontaneous flow'd my native strain, Forc'd by no sweat or kbour of the brain. P. LEWIS. I left no calling for this idle trade ; No duty broke, no father disobey 'd ; While yet a child, ere yet a fool to fame, I lisp'd in numbers, for the numbers came.—...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

Samuel Johnson - 1820
...In verse spontaneous flow'd my native strain, Forc'd by no sweat or labour of the brain. F. LEWIS. I left no calling for this idle trade ; No duty broke, no father disobey'd ; While yet a child, ere yet a fool to fame, I lisp'd in numbers, for the numbers came. POPE....
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Select Works of the British Poets: With Biographical and Critical ..., Volume 1

John Aikin - 1820 - 807 pages
...three thousand years ago. Why did I write ? what sin to me unknown DippM me in ink, my parents', or my n, If Hampton- Court these eyes had never seen 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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Select Works of the British Poets: With Biographical and Critical ..., Volume 5

John Aikin - 1821 - 807 pages
...three thousand years ago. Why did I write ? what sin to me unknown Dipp'd 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 British poets, including translations, Volume 41

British poets - 1822
...unknown Dipp'd 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 disobey'd: The Muse but served to ease some friend, not wife, To help me through this long disease,...
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The British Poets: Including Translations ...

1822
...thousand years ago. W hy did I write ? what sin to me unknown Dipp'd 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...
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The British essayists, with prefaces by A. Chalmers, Volumes 17-18

British essayists - 1823
...In verse spontaneous flow'd my native strain, ' Forced by no sweat or labour of the brain. F. LEWIS. I left no calling for this idle trade ; No duty broke, no father disobev'd ; While yet a child, ere yet a fool to fame, I lisp'd in numbers, for the numbers came. POPE....
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The British Critic: A New Review, Volume 20

1823
...write nonsense in verse, it is in bis situation the most innocuous mode of venting it. He can have " Left no calling for this idle trade, No duty broke, no father disobey'd." Thus he can afford to dispose of a moderate edition (printed but not published,) in presentation...
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Oeuvres, Volume 1

Jacques Delille - 1824
...three thousand years ago. Why did I write? what sin to me unknown Dipp'd 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...
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The Works of Alexander Popekesq., with Notes and Illustrations by ..., Volume 6

Alexander Pope - 1824
...thousand years ago. Why did I write ? what sin to me unknown 125 Dipp'd 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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