One who is too wise an observer of the business of others, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity.
The same ambition can destroy or save, And makes a patriot as it makes a knave.
When we are young, we are slavishly employed in procuring something whereby we may live comfortably when we grow old; and when we are old, we perceive it is too late to live as we proposed.
Years following years steal something every day; At last they steal us from ourselves away.
If I am right, Thy grace impart, Still in the right to stay; If I am wrong, O teach my heart To find that better way!
But as the world, harmoniously confused, Where order in variety we see; And where, tho’ all things differ, all agree.
In words, as fashions, the same rule will hold; Alike fantastic, if too new, or old: Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, As those move easiest who have learn’d to dance.
And binding nature fast in fate, Left free the human will.
But Satan now is wiser than of yore, And tempts by making rich, not making poor.