John Oldham (poet)

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John Oldham

John Oldham (August 9, 1653 – December 9, 1683) was an English satirical poet and translator.

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  • Altho' your frailer part must yield to Fate,
    By every breach in that fair lodging made,
    Its blest inhabitant is more displayed.
    • To Madam L. E. on her Recovery, 106; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922).
  • And should you visit now the seats of bliss,
    You need not wear another form but this.
    • To Madam L. E. on her Recovery, 116; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922).
  • Curse on the man who business first designed,
    And by't enthralled a freeborn lover's mind!
    • Complaining of Absence, 11; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922).
  • Wile some no other cause for life can give
    But a dull habitude to live.
    • To the Memory of Norwent, Paragraph 5; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922).
  • Ah, dearer than my soul…
    Dearer than light, or life, or fame.
    • Lament for Saul and Jonathan; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922).
  • I wear my Pen as others do their Sword.
    To each affronting sot I meet, the word
    Is Satisfaction: straight to thrusts I go,
    And pointed satire runs him through and through.
    • Satire upon a Printer, line 36; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922).
  • Lord of myself, accountable to none.
    But to my conscience, and my God alone.
    • Satire addressed to a Friend, line 36; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922).

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