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" He laughed himself from court; then sought relief By forming parties, but could ne'er be chief; For, spite of him, the weight of business fell On Absalom, and wise Achitophel ; Thus, wicked but in will, of means bereft, He left not faction, but of that... "
The Miscellaneous Works of John Dryden, Esq: Containing All His Original ... - Page 129
by John Dryden - 1767
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English Literature in the Eighteenth Century

Thomas Sergeant Perry - English literature - 1883 - 500 pages
...parties, but could ne'er be chief : For spite of him, the weight of business fell On Absalom and wise Achitophel ; Thus wicked but in will, of means bereft, He left not faction, but of that was left." Here is the same unexaggerated description, this time of a flimsy character,...
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The Merry Monarch

W. H. Davenport Adams - 1885 - 434 pages
...parties, but could ne'er be brief: For, spite of him, the weight of business fell On Absalom and wise Achitophel: * Thus, wicked but in will, of means bereft, He left not faction, but of that was left." Not less finished is Pope's antithetical description of the mean and...
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Studies in English Literature: Being Typical Selections of British and ...

William Swinton - American literature - 1886 - 690 pages
...parties, but could ne'er be chief : For, spite of him, the weight of business fell On Absalom and wise Achitophel ; Thus wicked but in will, of means bereft, He left not faction, but of that was left. 22. Ahsalom, the Duke of Monmouth, son of Charles IL LITERARY ANALYSIS....
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The Satires of Dryden

John Dryden - Poetry - 1893 - 194 pages
...parties, but could ne'er be chief : For spite of him, the weight of business fell On Absalom and wise Achitophel ; Thus wicked but in will, of means bereft, He left not faction, but of that was left. Titles and names 'twere tedious to rehearse Of lords below the dignity...
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The Works of John Dryden: Poetical works

John Dryden, Walter Scott - English literature - 1884 - 480 pages
...too ; (a) A committee man. For, spite of him, the weight of business fell 565 On Absalom, and wise Achitophel ; Thus, wicked but in will, of means bereft, He left not faction, but of that was left His mingle such, what man presumes to think, But he can figures daub...
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The Rehearsal: With Illustrations from Previous Plays, Etc

George Villiers Duke of Buckingham - English drama - 1895 - 182 pages
...Parties, but coud ne're be Chief: For, spight of him, the weight of Business fell On Absalom and his wise Achitophel: Thus, wicked but in will, of means bereft, He left not Faction, but of that was left. Dryden, writing— after Buckingham was dead and buried — his Dedication...
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The English Poets: Selections with Critical Introductions, Volume 2

Thomas Humphry Ward - 1895 - 530 pages
...parties, but could ne'er be chief: For spite of him, the weight of business fell On Absaiom and wise Achitophel ; Thus wicked but in will, of means bereft, He left not faction, but of that was left. SHADWELL. [From Mac Flecknoe; October, 1682.] AH human things are subject...
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The English Poets

Thomas Humphry Ward - English poetry - 1896 - 520 pages
...parties, but could ne'er be chief: For spite of him, the weight of business fell On Absalom and wise Achitophel ; Thus wicked but in will, of means bereft, He left not faction, but of that was left. SHADWELL. [From Mac Flicknoe ; October, 1682.] All human things are...
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Selections from the British Satirists: With an Introductory Essay by Cecil ...

Cecil Headlam - English literature - 1897 - 348 pages
...could ne'er be chief: For, spite of him, the weight of business fell 1 Buckingham. On Absalom and wise Achitophel ; Thus, wicked but in will, of means bereft, He left not faction, but of that was left. ***** Shimei,1 whose youth did early promise bring Of zeal to God, and...
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Selections from the British Satirists: With an Introductory Essay by Cecil ...

Cecil Headlam - English literature - 1897 - 346 pages
...could ne'er be chief: For, spite of him, the weight of business fell 1 Buckingham. On Absalom and wise Achitophel ; Thus, wicked but in will, of means bereft, He left not faction, but of that was left. ***** Shimei,1 whose youth did early promise bring Of zeal to God, and...
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