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" tis the price of toil; The knave deserves it, when he tills the soil, The knave deserves it, when he tempts the main, Where folly fights for kings, or dives for gain. The good man may be weak, be indolent; Nor is his claim to plenty, but content. "
Der Mensch, ein philosophisches Gedicht - Page 37
by Alexander Pope - 1772 - 351 pages
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English Poets of the Eighteenth Century

Ernest Bernbaum - English poetry - 1918 - 364 pages
...who chained his country, say, Or he whose virtue sighed to lose a day? 'But sometimes virtue starves, while vice is fed,' What then? Is the reward of virtue...vice may merit, 'tis the price of toil; The knave deserves it, when he tills the soil, The knave deserves it when he tempts the main, Where folly fights...
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McGuffey's First [-sixth] Eclectic Reader, Volume 6

William Holmes McGuffey - Readers - 1921
...mountain trembles from on high, Shall gravitation cease, if you go by? " But sometimes virtue starves while vice is fed." What, then? Is the reward of virtue bread? That, vice may merit, 't is the price of toil ; The knave deserves it when he tills the soil, The knave deserves it when...
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Selected Poems of Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope - 1926 - 271 pages
...chain'd his country, say, Or he whose Virtue sigh'd to lose a day ? "But sometimes Virtue starves, while Vice is fed." What then? Is the reward of Virtue bread? 150 That, Vice may merit, 'tis the price of toil ; The knave deserves it, when he tills the soil, The...
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The Poems of Alexander Pope: A One-volume Edition of the Twickenham Text ...

Alexander Pope - Poetry - 1963 - 850 pages
...chain'd his country, say, Or he whose Virtue sigh'd to lose a day ? 'But sometimes Virtue starves, while Vice is fed.' What then ? Is the reward of Virtue bread ? 150 That, Vice may merit; 'tis the price of toil; The knave deserves it, when he tills the soil,...
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Victorian Criticism of the Novel

Edwin M.. Eigner, Edwin M. Eigner, George J. Worth, Graham Storey - Literary Criticism - 1985 - 258 pages
...prince, th' Eternal Cause Prone for his favourites to reverse his laws? 'IP sometimes virtue wants while vice is fed, What then? is the reward of virtue...vice may merit, 'tis the price of toil, The knave deserves it when he tills the soil; The knave deserves it when he tempts the main, Where folly fights...
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Hypocrisy and the Politics of Politeness: Manners and Morals from Locke to ...

Jenny Davidson - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 242 pages
...makes a witty play on the meanings of "reward," "merit" and "deserves": "Sometimes virtue starves, while vice is fed; / What then? is the reward of virtue...vice may merit; 'tis the price of toil; / The knave deserves it, when he tills the soil." The quotation puts pressure on exactly the point in which Austen...
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