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,
But, above all, that conceit arrided us most at that time, and still tickles our midriff
to remember, where, allusively to the flight of Astraea — ultima Ccelestum terras
reli- quit — we pronounced — in reference to the stockings still ...
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 ...
On the contrary, we love to see a wag taste his own joke to his party; to watch a
quirk, or a merry conceit, flickering upon the lips some seconds before the tongue
is delivered of it. Tf it be good, fresh, and racy — begotten of the occasion ; if he ...
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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