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"Nor bigots who but one way see, through blinkers of authority." -- Matthew Green
Matthew Green (1696—1737) was a British poet born of Nonconformist parents. For many years he held a post in the custom house. The few anecdotes that have been preserved show him to have been as witty as his poems would lead one to expect: on one occasion, when the government was about to cut off funds that paid for milk for the custom house cats, Green submitted a petition in their name, winning a reprieve. He died unmarried at his lodging in Nags Head Court, Gracechurch Street, London in 1737.

His Grotto, a poem on Queen Caroline's grotto at Richmond was printed in 1732; and his chief poem, The Spleen, in 1737 with a preface by his friend Richard Glover. These and some other short poems were printed in Robert Dodsley's collection (1748), and subsequently in various editions of the British poets. They were edited in 1796 with a preface by John Aikin and in 1858 by Robert Aris Willmott with the poems of Thomas Gray and others. The Spleen, which was not originally intended for publication, is an epistle to Cuthbert Jackson, advocating cheerfulness, exercise and a quiet content as remedies. It is full of witty sayings. Thomas Gray said of it: "There is a profusion of wit everywhere; reading would have formed his judgment, and harmonized his verse, for even his wood-notes often break out into strains of real poetry and music". Despite this praise, Green is thought of as a "one-poem" poet, to the point that he became known as "Spleen-Green."

In an age of orthodoxy, Green had an original turn of mind. His idiosyncratic conversation 'occasioned one of the commissioners of the Customs, a very dull man, to observe that he did not know how it was, but Green always expressed himself in a different manner from other people'.

Green is perhaps best remembered (if at all) for witty aphorisms, such as:

  • "By happy alchemy of mind / They turn to pleasure all they find."
  • "Laugh and be well."
  • "Fling but a stone, the giant dies." (The Spleen)
  • "Though pleased to see the dolphins play / I mind my compass and my way." (The Spleen)

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Total Books: 20
Shadowlands A Journey Through Britain's Lost Cities and Vanished Villages
Shadowlands A Journey Through Britain's Lost Cities and Vanished Villages
2022 - Shadowlands a Journey Through Britain's Lost Cities and Vanished VIllages (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780571338023
ISBN-10: 057133802X
Genres: History, Nonfiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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The Latino/a American Dream
2016 - The Latino/a American Dream (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781623493899
ISBN-10: 1623493897
Genres: History, Politics & Social Sciences
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Aftershock The Untold Story of Surviving Peace
2015 - Aftershock the Untold Story of Surviving Peace (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781846273292
ISBN-10: 1846273293
Genres: History, Politics & Social Sciences
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London A Travel Guide Through Time
2015 - London a Travel Guide Through Time (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780718179762
ISBN-10: 0718179765
Genres: History, Travel
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Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend Matthew Green
2012 - Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend Matthew Green (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781847445100
ISBN-10: 1847445101
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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The Spleen And Other Poems
2009 - The Spleen and Other Poems [1796] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781104400026
ISBN-10: 1104400022
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Spleen An Epistle Inscribed To His Particular Friend Mr C J
2009 - The Spleen an Epistle Inscribed to His Particular Friend Mr C J [1738] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781104400040
ISBN-10: 1104400049
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Spleen And Other Poems
2009 - The Spleen and Other Poems [1796] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781104421267
ISBN-10: 1104421267
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Postmark Baghdad On Patrol with the Iraqi National Police
2008 - Postmark Baghdad on Patrol with the Iraqi National Police (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780595508181
ISBN-10: 0595508189
Genre: History
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Postmark Baghdad On Patrol with the Iraqi National Police
2008 - Postmark Baghdad on Patrol with the Iraqi National Police (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780595508785
ISBN-10: 0595508782
Genre: History
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The Wizard of the Nile
2008 - The Wizard of the Nile (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781846271298
ISBN-10: 1846271290
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
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The Poetical Works Of Armstrong Dyer And Green With Memoirs And Critical Dissertations
1999 - Spells (Hardcover)
Spells Spellcraft to Bring Magic to Your Life and Reality to Your Desires
Spells Spellcraft to Bring Magic to Your Life and Reality to Your Desires
Spells Spellcraft to Bring Magic to Your Life and Reality to Your Desires (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780760709313
ISBN-10: 0760709319
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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The Wizard of the Nile The Hunt for Africa's Most Wanted
The Wizard of the Nile the Hunt for Africa's Most Wanted [Biography & Memoir] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781566567367
ISBN-10: 156656736X
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
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THE WIZARD OF THE NILE THE HUNT FOR AFRICA'S MOST WANTED
The Wizard of the Nile the Hunt for Africa's Most Wanted (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781846270307
ISBN-10: 1846270308
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The Wizard of the Nile
The Wizard of the Nile (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781846270314
ISBN-10: 1846270316
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Spells Spellcraft to Bring Magic to your Life and Reality to Your Desires