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Aaron Hill (writer)

Data de nascimento: 10. Fevereiro 1685
Data de falecimento: 8. Fevereiro 1750

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Aaron Hill was an English dramatist and miscellaneous writer.

The son of a country gentleman of Wiltshire, Hill was educated at Westminster School, and afterwards travelled in the East. He was the author of 17 plays, some of them, such as his versions of Voltaire's Zaire and Mérope, being adaptations. He also wrote poetry, which is of variable quality. Having written some satiric lines on Alexander Pope, he received in return a mention in The Dunciad, which led to a controversy between the two writers. Afterwards a reconciliation took place. He was a friend and correspondent of Samuel Richardson, whose Pamela he highly praised. In addition to his literary pursuits Hill was involved in many commercial schemes, usually unsuccessful.

Hill was the manager of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane when he was 24 years old, and before being summarily fired for reasons unknown, he staged the premier of George Frideric Handel's Rinaldo, the first Italian opera designed for a London audience. The composer was very involved in the production, and Hill collaborated on the libretto, although it is disputed what his actual contributions were.A posthumous collection of Hill's essays, letters and poems was published in 1753. His Dramatic Works were published in 1760. His biography was recorded in Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland, to the Time of Dean Swift, volume 5 .

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„I see too plainly custom forms us all;
Our thoughts, our morals, our most fixed belief,
Are consequences of our place of birth“

—  Aaron Hill (writer)
Context: Can my fond heart, on such a feeble proof, Embrace a faith, abhorred by him I love? I see too plainly custom forms us all; Our thoughts, our morals, our most fixed belief, Are consequences of our place of birth: Born beyond Ganges, I had been a Pagan; In France, a Christian; I am here a Saracen: 'Tis but instruction, all! Our parents' hand Writes on our heart the first faint characters, Which time, re-tracing, deepens into strength, That nothing can efface, but death or Heaven. Zara, Act I, Sc. 1.

„Free without scandal; wise without restraint;
Their virtue due to nature, not to fear.“

—  Aaron Hill (writer)
Context: You talk no more of that gay nation now, Where men adore their wives, and woman's power Draws reverence from a polished people's softness, Their husbands' equals, and their lovers' queens; Free without scandal; wise without restraint; Their virtue due to nature, not to fear. Selima, Act I, Sc. 1.

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„Reason gains all men, by compelling none.“

—  Aaron Hill (writer)
Context: Reason gains all men, by compelling none. Mercy was always Heaven's distinguished mark: And he, who bears it not, has no friend there. Don Alvarez in Act I, Sc. 1; also misquoted as "Reason gains all people by compelling none."

„Tender-handed stroke a nettle,
And it stings you for your pains“

—  Aaron Hill (writer)
Context: Tender-handed stroke a nettle, And it stings you for your pains; Grasp it like a man of mettle, And it soft as silk remains.’Tis the same with common natures: Use ’em kindly, they rebel; But be rough as nutmeg-graters, And the rogues obey you well. Verses Written on a Window in Scotland.

„O'er Nature's laws, God cast the veil of night,
Out blaz'd a Newton's soul — and all was light.“

—  Aaron Hill (writer)
Context: O'er Nature's laws, God cast the veil of night, Out blaz'd a Newton's soul — and all was light. Preserved in Hill's Works (1753), Vol. IV, p. 92, and mentioned as probably derived from Alexander Pope's "Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in night: God said, Let Newton be! — and all was light" in The Epigrammatists: A Selection from the Epigrammatic Literature of Ancient, Mediæval, and Modern Times (1875) by Henry Philip Dodd, p. 329.

„Youth is ever apt to judge in haste,
And lose the medium in the wild extreme,
Do not repent, but regulate your passion:
Though love is reason, its excess is rage.“

—  Aaron Hill (writer)
Context: Youth is ever apt to judge in haste, And lose the medium in the wild extreme, Do not repent, but regulate your passion: Though love is reason, its excess is rage. Give me, at least, your promise to reflect, In cool, impartial solitude, and still. No last decision till we meet again. Don Alvarez in Act IV, Scene 1.

„First, then, a woman will or won’t, depend on ’t;
If she will do ’t, she will; and there ’s an end on ’t.
But if she won’t, since safe and sound your trust is,
Fear is affront, and jealousy injustice.“

—  Aaron Hill (writer)
Epilogue (1735). Note: The following lines are copied from the pillar erected on the mount in the Dane John Field, Canterbury: :Where is the man who has the power and skill<br/>To stem the torrent of a woman’s will?<br/>For if she will, she will, you may depend on ’t;<br/>And if she won’t, she won’t; so there ’s an end on ’t.<br/>The Examiner, (31 May 1829).

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„Courage is poorly housed that dwells in numbers; the lion never counts the herd that are about him, nor weighs how many flocks he has to scatter.“

—  Aaron Hill (writer)
As quoted in The Golden Treasury of Thought: A gathering of quotations from the best ancient and modern authors (1873) edited by John Camden Hotten.

„I see too plainly custom forms us all;
Our thoughts, our morals, our most fixed belief,
Are consequences of our place of birth“

—  Aaron Hill (writer)
Context: Can my fond heart, on such a feeble proof, Embrace a faith, abhorred by him I love? I see too plainly custom forms us all; Our thoughts, our morals, our most fixed belief, Are consequences of our place of birth: Born beyond Ganges, I had been a Pagan; In France, a Christian; I am here a Saracen: 'Tis but instruction, all! Our parents' hand Writes on our heart the first faint characters, Which time, re-tracing, deepens into strength, That nothing can efface, but death or Heaven. Zara, Act I, Sc. 1.

„Free without scandal; wise without restraint;
Their virtue due to nature, not to fear.“

—  Aaron Hill (writer)
Context: You talk no more of that gay nation now, Where men adore their wives, and woman's power Draws reverence from a polished people's softness, Their husbands' equals, and their lovers' queens; Free without scandal; wise without restraint; Their virtue due to nature, not to fear. Selima, Act I, Sc. 1.

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„Reason gains all men, by compelling none.“

—  Aaron Hill (writer)
Context: Reason gains all men, by compelling none. Mercy was always Heaven's distinguished mark: And he, who bears it not, has no friend there. Don Alvarez in Act I, Sc. 1; also misquoted as "Reason gains all people by compelling none."

„Tender-handed stroke a nettle,
And it stings you for your pains“

—  Aaron Hill (writer)
Context: Tender-handed stroke a nettle, And it stings you for your pains; Grasp it like a man of mettle, And it soft as silk remains.’Tis the same with common natures: Use ’em kindly, they rebel; But be rough as nutmeg-graters, And the rogues obey you well. Verses Written on a Window in Scotland.

„O'er Nature's laws, God cast the veil of night,
Out blaz'd a Newton's soul — and all was light.“

—  Aaron Hill (writer)
Context: O'er Nature's laws, God cast the veil of night, Out blaz'd a Newton's soul — and all was light. Preserved in Hill's Works (1753), Vol. IV, p. 92, and mentioned as probably derived from Alexander Pope's "Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in night: God said, Let Newton be! — and all was light" in The Epigrammatists: A Selection from the Epigrammatic Literature of Ancient, Mediæval, and Modern Times (1875) by Henry Philip Dodd, p. 329.

„Youth is ever apt to judge in haste,
And lose the medium in the wild extreme,
Do not repent, but regulate your passion:
Though love is reason, its excess is rage.“

—  Aaron Hill (writer)
Context: Youth is ever apt to judge in haste, And lose the medium in the wild extreme, Do not repent, but regulate your passion: Though love is reason, its excess is rage. Give me, at least, your promise to reflect, In cool, impartial solitude, and still. No last decision till we meet again. Don Alvarez in Act IV, Scene 1.

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