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My conceit of his person," — it is Ben Jonson speaking of Lord Bacon, — "was
never increased towards him by his place or honours. But I have, and do
reverence him for the greatness, that was only proper to himself; in that he
seemed to me ...
He understands not what the callings and occupations of mortals are ; only he
has a glimmering conceit of some such thing, when the doctor makes his daily
call : and even in the lines of that busy face he reads no multiplicity of patients,
He wrote of Love with high conceit, And Beauty rear'd above her height. Or let
any one read the deeper sorrows (grief running into rage) in the Poem,— the last
in the collection accompanying the above, — which from internal testimony I ...
But, above all, that conceit arrided us most at that time, and still tickles our midriff
to remember, where, allusively to the flight of Astrsea — ultima Ccelestum terras
reli quit — we pronounced — in reference to the stockings still — that Modesty ...
called the crowning conceit ; and was esteemed tolerable writing in those days.
But the fashion of jokes, with all other things, passes away ; as did the transient
mode which had so favoured us. The ancles of our fair friends in a few weeks ...
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Oh, my, these are hilarious! A collection of essays by Lamb's imaginary friend, an eclectic, off-beat and highly opinionated persona. The preface, bemoaning the death of the imaginary friend while ... Read full review