John Pomfret

English poet

John Pomfret (1667 – 1702) was an English poet and clergyman.


  • Wine whets the wit, improves its native force…
  • We bear it calmly, though a ponderous woe,
    And still adore the hand that gives the blow.
    • Verses to his Friend under Affliction. Compare: " Bless the hand that gave the blow", John Dryden, The Spanish Friar (1681), Act ii. Sc. 1.
  • Heaven is not always angry when he strikes,
    But most chastises those whom most he likes.
    • Verses to his Friend under Affliction.
  • We live and learn, but not the wiser grow.
    • Reason: A Poem, 1700.
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