The Modern Dunciad, a Satire: With Notes, Biographical and Critical

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Effingham Wilson, 1815 - 121 Seiten
 

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Seite 89 - A strange fish! Were I in England now, as once I was, and had but this fish painted, not a holiday fool there but would give a piece of silver. There would this monster make a man. Any strange beast there makes a man. When they will not give a doit to relieve a lame beggar, they will lay out ten to see a dead Indian. Legg'd like a man! and his fins like arms! Warm, o
Seite 17 - Now stop your noses, readers, all and some, For here's a tun of midnight work to come...
Seite iii - The truth once told (and wherefore should we lie ?) The queen of Midas slept, and so may I. You think this cruel ? take it for a rule, No creature smarts so little as a fool.
Seite 58 - Us'd to spare meals, dispos'd in manner pure, Her father's kitchen she could ill endure ; Where by the steaming beef he hungry sat, And laid at once a pound upon his plate; Hot from the field, her eager brother seiz'd An equal part, and hunger's rage appeas'd ; The...
Seite 105 - Christian is my name, and Catholic my surname. I grant, that you are a Christian, as well as I ; And embrace you, as my fellow disciple in Jesus : And, if you are not a disciple of Jesus, Still I would embrace you, as my fellow Man.
Seite 16 - ... spread its poisonous fumes over the hearts of his countrymen till the memory of his works is extinct. Thousands of unhappy spirits, and thousands yet to increase their number, will everlastingly look back with unutterable anguish, on the nights and days in which the plays of Shakspeare ministered to their guilty delights.
Seite 16 - And, strange to say, even our religious edifices are not free from the pollution of his praise. What Christian can pass through the most venerable pile of sacred architecture which our metropolis can boast, without having his best feelings insulted, by observing, within a few yards of the spot from which prayers and praises are daily offered to the Most High, the absurd and impious epitaph upon the tablet raised to one of the miserable retailers of his impurities ? Our readers who are acquainted...
Seite 56 - The town is pleas'd when Byron will rehearse, And finds a thousand beauties in his verse ; So fix'd his fame — that, write whate'er he will, The patient public must admire it still : Yes, — though bereft of half his force and fire, They still must read, and, dozing, must admire ; While you and I, who stick to common sense, To genius, taste, and wit, have no pretence. Throughout the whole, we toil to understand ; Where'er we tread — 'tis strange, 'tis foreign land ; Nay, half the thoughts and...
Seite 15 - A slight acquaintance with the religion of the Bible will shew that it is of human nature in its worst shape, deformed by the basest passions, and agitated by the most vicious propensities, that the poet became the priest ; and the incense offered at the altar of his goddess will...
Seite 91 - Zan. If you forgive, the world will call you good; If you forget, the world will call you wise ; If you receive her to your grace again, The world will call you — very, very kind.

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