“Must I at length the Sword of Justice draw?”

Must I at length the Sword of Justice draw?
Oh curst Effects of necessary Law!
How ill my Fear they by my Mercy scan,
Beware the Fury of a Patient Man.

—  from John Dryden’s “Absalom and Achitophel”



Kneller, Godfrey, 1646-1723; John Dryden (1631-1700), Playwright, Poet Laureate and Critic
Kneller, Godfrey; John Dryden (1631-1700), Playwright, Poet Laureate and Critic; Trinity College, University of Cambridge; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/john-dryden-16311700-playwright-poet-laureate-and-critic-134745

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