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" Immodest words admit of no defence ; For want of decency is want of sense. "
A Collection of English Songs: With an Appendix of Original Pieces - Seite 7
von Alexander Dalrymple - 1796 - 221 Seiten
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A Dictionary of Poetical Quotations: Consisting of Elegant Extracts on Evry ...

1847 - 506 Seiten
...And, put among his wants but shame, To all the world may lay his claim. BUTLER'S Hudibras. 2. Immodest words admit of no defence, For want of decency is want of sense. ROSCOMMON. 3. To glory some advance a lying claim, Thieves of renown, and pilferers of fame...
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Dictionary of Poetical Quotations: Consisting of Elegant Extracts on ..., Band 1

1847 - 506 Seiten
...And, put among his wants but shame, To all the world may lay his claim. BUTLER'S Hudibras. 2. Immodest words admit of no defence, For want of decency is want of sense. ROSCOMMON. 3. To glory some advance a lying claim, Thieves of renown, and pilferers of fame...
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Notes and Queries

1903
...Translated Verse.' If one may trust a reprint, this is the correct reading of the couplet :— Immodest words admit of no defence ; For want of decency is want of sense. Roscommon, though not illustrating high poetic quality in his work, must be credited with dexterous...
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Hausschatz englischer Poesie: Auswahl aus den Werken der bedeutendsten ...

Oskar Ludwig Bernhard Wolff - 1852 - 399 Seiten
...bait, Habitual innocence adorns her thoughts; But your neglect must answer for her faults. Immodest words admit of no defence ; For want of decency is want of sense. What moderate fop would rake the park or stews, Who among troops of faultless nymphs may choose?...
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The Ohio Journal of Education, Band 3

1854
...sixteen, during his interview with Gov. Burnet, of New York, were given as the third lesson : " Immodest words admit of no defence, For want of decency is want of sense." Paraphrased — " Indelicate expressions are not susceptible of excuse ; for the lack of propriety...
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A cyclopædia of poetical quotations, arranged by H.G. Adams

Cyclopaedia - 1853 - 733 Seiten
...thought; Virtue she finds too painful an endeavour, Content to dwell in decencies for ever. Pope. Immodest words admit of no defence, For want of decency is want of sense. Roacommon. 234 DECIDE. DECORUM. DECIDE. PLEASURE and revenge Have ears more deaf than adders,...
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The World's Laconics: Or, The Best Thoughts of the Best Authors

Tryon Edwards - 1853 - 432 Seiten
...IGNORANCE. By ignorance is pride increased ; Those most assume who know the least. Gay. IMMODESTY. Immodest words admit of no defence, For want of decency is want of sense. Roscommon. IMMORTALITY. I feel my immortality o'ersweep All pains, all tears, all time, all...
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Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets: With Critical Observations ..., Band 1

Samuel Johnson - 1854
...that the alterations are numerous, and in all respects for the better. The famous couplet — Immodest words admit of no defence, For want of decency is want of sense, stands thus in the first edition — Immodest words (whatever the pretence) Always want decency,...
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The Life and Times of Oliver Goldsmith, Band 1

John Forster - 1854 - 548 Seiten
...himself to the imputation expressed by Eoscommon's couplet, so often given to Pope, — • ' ' Immodest words admit of no defence, For want of decency is want of sense." 1760. have admired, and Steele delighted in them. Finery and jEt.32. poverty, surliness and...
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Where is it? A dictionary of common poetical quotations in the English language

Where - 1855 - 68 Seiten
...scene 5. SHAKESPEARE. In the jetty curls ten thousand Cupid's play'd. Solomon, book ii. PRIOR. Immodest words admit of no defence, For want of decency is want of sense. Essay on Translated Verse. ROSCOMMON. I could have better spared a better man. King Henry IV.,...
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