The British Essayists: With Prefaces, Historical and Biographical, Band 36

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Seite 86 - Our political system is placed in a just correspondence and symmetry with the order of the world, and with the mode of existence decreed to a permanent body composed of transitory parts; wherein, by the disposition of a stupendous wisdom, moulding together the great mysterious incorporation of the human race...
Seite 203 - Which that thou may'st believe, and be confirmed Ere thou from hence depart, know I am sent To show thee what shall come in future days To thee, and to thy offspring. Good with bad Expect to hear, supernal grace contending With sinfulness of men; thereby to learn True patience, and to temper joy with fear And pious sorrow...
Seite 283 - Now, all amid the rigours of the year, In the wild depth of Winter, while without The ceaseless winds blow ice, be my retreat, Between the groaning forest and the shore., Beat by the boundless multitude of waves, A rural, shelter'd, solitary scene ; Where ruddy fire and beaming tapers join, To cheer the gloom. There studious let me sit, And hold high converse with the mighty dead ; Sages of ancient time, as gods rever'd, As gods beneficent, who blest mankind With arts, with arms, and humaniz'da world....
Seite 201 - But rather be a quiet, humble Fool : I hate a Wife, to whom I go to School, Who climbs the Grammar-Tree, distinctly knows Where Noun, and Verb, and Participle grows; Corrects her Country Neighbour; and, a Bed, For breaking Priscian's, breaks her Husband's Head.
Seite 241 - J'entends Théodecte de l'antichambre; il grossit sa voix à mesure qu'il s'approche; le voilà entré: il rit, il crie, il éclate; on bouche ses oreilles, c'est un tonnerre. Il n'est pas moins redoutable par les choses qu'il dit que par le ton dont il parle. Il ne s'apaise, et il ne revient de ce grand fracas que pour bredouiller des vanités et des sottises.
Seite 199 - Must you go ! — must you eat, must you drink, must you sleep, must you live ? De nature bid you do one, de nature bid you do toder. — Vous me ferez enrager ! Lady Fan. But when reason corrects nature, Mademoiselle? 172 Mad. Elle est done bien insolente, c'est sa soeur aine'e.
Seite 206 - Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker ! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or Thy work, He hath no hands...
Seite 66 - ... representations fixed upon a hoop ; and several old books mention the Crown upon the Hoop, the Bunch of Grapes upon the Hoop, the Mitre upon the Hoop, and the Angel upon the Hoop. A sign of this nature, is still preserved in Newport Street, and is a carved representation of a bunch of grapes hanging within a hoop. The Cock on the Hoop may be seen also in Holborn, painted on a board, to which perhaps it was transferred on the removal of sign-posts. It is probable also that this sign may have given...
Seite 219 - Fun, Whom Mother Shipton, one by one, With two Wapping wenches more, To skipping Harlequino bore; Or whether, as some deeper say, Jack Pudding, on a holiday, Along with Jenny Diver romping, As he met her once a pumping, There, on heaps of dirt and mortar, And cinders wash'd in cabbage water, Fill'd her with thee, a strapping lassie, So spunky, brazen, bold, and saucy.
Seite 91 - A cheap system of morality may be collected from the introductory parts of advertisements, which may do for ourselves and children. For instance — Some fine sentiments on the passions may be found in the advertisement of the Cyprian Preventive. — The Dumb Dolly, or a machine for washing, is recommended by some lively remarks on the saving of time. — An elegant preface on parental duties ushers in the famous pills for conception. — The great fecundity of nature is a natural theme of admiration...

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