Ambrose Philips

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Ambrose Phillips

Ambrose Philips (c. 1675June 18, 1749) was an English poet.


  • Studious of ease and fond of humble things.
    • Epistle: "From Holland to a Friend in England" (1703), line 23
  • The flowers anew returning seasons bring!
    But beauty faded has no second spring.
    • Lobbing, The First Pastoral (1709), line 55.
  • There solid billows of enormous size,
    Alps of green ice, in wild disorder rise.
    • Epistle: "To the Earl of Dorset" (1709), line 21.
  • The stag in limpid currents with surprise
    Sees crystal branches on his forehead rise.
    • Epistle: "To the Earl of Dorset" (1709), line 39.
  • He the robe of justice wore,
    Sully'd not, as heretofore,
    When the magistrate was sought
    With yearly gifts. Of what avail
    Are guilty hoards? for life is frail;
    And we are judg'd where favour is not bought.

To Miss Charlotte Pulteney in Her Mother’s Arms (1724)[edit]

  • Timely blossom, Infant fair,
    Fondling of a happy pair.
  • And thou shalt in thy daughter see,
    This picture, once, resembled thee.
  • Wearied then and glad of rest,
    Like the linnet in the nest.

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