Sketches of Life and Character: Taken at the Police Court, Bow Street

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Sherwood and Bower, 1845 - 308 Seiten
 

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Seite 297 - MAN is said to be a sociable animal, and, as an instance of it, we may observe, that we take all occasions and pretences of forming ourselves into those little nocturnal assemblies, which are commonly known by the name of clubs. When a set of men find themselves agree in any particular, though never so trivial, they establish themselves into a kind of fraternity, and meet once or twice a week, upon the account of such a fantastic resemblance.
Seite vi - Th' adventure of the bear and fiddle Is sung, but breaks off in the middle. When civil fury first grew high, And men fell out, they knew not why; When hard words, jealousies, and fears, Set folks together by the ears...
Seite 107 - I'd have you sober, and contain yourself, Not that your sail be bigger than your boat; But moderate your expenses now, at first, As you may keep the same proportion still: Nor stand so much on your gentility, Which is an airy and mere borrow'd thing, From dead men's dust and bones; and none of yours, Except you make, or hold it.
Seite 249 - O wad some pow'r the giftie gie us To see oursels as others see us ! It wad frae monie a blunder free us And foolish notion : What airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us, And ev'n Devotion ! ADDRESS TO EDINBURGH.
Seite 168 - Reader, if thou meetest one of these small gentry in thy early rambles, it is good to give him a penny. It is better to give him two-pence. If it be starving weather, and to the proper troubles of his hard occupation, a pair of kibed heels (no unusual accompaniment) be superadded, the demand on thy humanity will surely rise to a tester.
Seite 272 - Full little knowest thou that hast not tried What hell it is in suing long to bide : To lose good days that might be better spent, To waste long nights in pensive discontent, To speed to-day, to be put back to-morrow, To feed on hope, to pine with fear and sorrow, To have thy prince's grace, yet want her peers...
Seite 159 - Yet ere thou rashly urge my rage too far, I warn thee to take heed ; I am a man, And have the frailties common to man's nature, The fiery seeds of wrath are in my temper, And may be blown up to so fierce a blaze, As wisdom cannot rule. Know, thou hast...
Seite 188 - How happy yet should I esteem myself, Could I, by any practice, wean the boy From one vain course of study he affects. He is a scholar, if a man may trust The liberal voice of fame in her report, Of good account in both our Universities...
Seite 60 - Sullen she was and threat'ning; in her eye Glared the stern triumph that she dared to die; But first a being in the world must leave — 'Twas once reproach; 'twas now a short reprieve.
Seite 280 - But who can turn the stream of destiny, Or break the chain of strong necessity, Which fast is tied to Jove's eternal seat ? The sons of Day he favoureth, I see, And by my ruins thinks to make them great: To make one great by others

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