John Dyer

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John Dyer (1699 – 15 December 1757) was a Welsh poet who wrote in the English language.


  • A little rule, a little sway,
    A sunbeam in a winter’s day,
    Is all the proud and mighty have
    Between the cradle and the grave.
    • Grongar Hill (1727), line 88.
  • Ever charming, ever new,
    When will the landscape tire the view?
    • Grongar Hill (1727), line 102.
  • Disparting towers
    Trembling all precipitate down dash’d,
    Rattling around, loud thundering to the moon.
    • The Ruins of Rome (1740), line 40.
  • A man may go to heaven without health, without riches, without honors, without learning, without friends; but he can never go there without Christ.
    • Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 88.

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