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Page 183 - Julius bleed for justice' sake? What villain touch'd his body, that did stab, And not for justice? What, shall one of us, That struck the foremost man of all this world, But for supporting robbers; shall we now Contaminate our fingers with base bribes? And sell the mighty space of our large...
Page 148 - Compos'd his frame ; admir'd in every state, In private amiable, in public great, Gentle in power, but daring in disgrace, His love was liberty, his wish was peace. Such was the man that...
Page 191 - In spite of outward blemishes, she shone, For humour fam'd, and humour all her own. Easy, as if at home, the stage she trod, Nor sought the critic's praise, nor fear'd his rod. Original in spirit and in ease, She pleas'd by hiding all attempts to please. No comic actress ever yet could raise, On humour's base, more merit or more praise.
Page 43 - Rigby; the first of whom did not deign to notice him; but he must come to it. You would have died to see Newcastle's pitiful and distressed figure, — nobody went near him : he tried to flatter people, that were too busy to mind him ; in short, he was quite disconcerted; his treachery used to be so sheathed in folly, that he was never out of countenance ; but it is plain he grows old. To finish his confusion and anxiety, George Selwyn...
Page 114 - He had early in his life announced his claim to wit, and the women believed in it. He had besides given himself out for a man of great intrigue, with as slender pretensions ; yet the women believed in that too — one should have thought they had been more competent judges of merit in that particular! It was not his fault if he had not wit; nothing exceeded his efforts in that point; and though they were far from producing the wit, they at least amply yielded the applause he aimed at. He was so accustomed...
Page 181 - If from thy hands alone my death can be, I am immortal and a god to thee. If I would kill thee now, thy fate's so low, That I must stoop ere I can give the blow : But mine is...
Page 242 - Fox always spoke to the question ; Pitt to the passions. Fox, to carry the question ; Pitt to raise himself. Fox pointed out, Pitt lashed the errors of his antagonists. Pitt's talents were likely to make him soonest ; Fox's to keep him First Minister longest.
Page 51 - ... of his genius evaporate by the process ; for though his first view of the question would be a wide one, and clear withal, when he came to exercise the subtlety of his disquisitorial powers upon it, he would so ingeniously dissect and break it into fractions, that as an object, when looked upon too intently for a length of time, grows misty and confused, so would the question under his discussion, when the humour took him to be hypercritical.
Page 78 - ... him, in a manner to offend the steady old Whigs ; and his jolly way of laughing at his own want of principles had revolted all the graver sort, who thought deficiency of honesty too sacred and profitable a commodity to be profaned and turned into ridicule.