The works of Samuel Johnson [ed. by F.P. Walesby].

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Talboys and Wheeler, 1825
 

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Contents

The fondness of every man for his profession The gradual improve ment of manufactures
40
Four billets with their answers Remarks on masquerades
44
The folly of anger The misery of a peevish old age
50
The history of a young woman that came to London for a service
55
The duty of secrecy The invalidity of all excuses for betraying se crets
61
The difference between an authors writings and his conversation
66
The folly of cards A letter from a lady that has lost her money
72
The dangers and miseries of a literary eminence
78
The frequent contemplation of death necessary to moderate the pas sions
83
The unhappiness of marriage caused by irregular motives of choice
87
The danger of ranging from one study to another The importance of the early choice of a profession
93
The folly and inconvenience of affectation
99
Numr Pioe 21 The anxieties of literature not less than those of publick stations The inequality of authors writings
104
An allegory on wit and learning
109
23 The contrariety of criticism The vanity of objection An author obliged to depend upon his own judgment
113
The necessity of attending to the duties of common life The na tural character not to be forsaken 117 25 Rashness preferable to cowardice Enterprise ...
122
The mischief of extravagance and misery of dependence 127 27 An authors treatment from six patrons
132
The various arts of selfdelusion
136
The folly of anticipating misfortunes 142 30 The observance of Sunday recommended an allegory 146 31 The defence of a known mistake highly c...
171
The reasons why pastorals delight
176
The true principles of pastoral poetry 180 38 The advantages of mediocrity an eastern fable
185
The unhappiness of women whether single or married 190 40 The difficulty of giving advice without offending 194 41 The advantages of memory ...
213
The causes of disagreement in marriage 218 46 The mischiefs of rural faction 222 47 The proper means of regulating sorrow 227 48 The miseries of...
231
A disquisition upon the value of fame
235
Every man chiefly happy or miserable at home The opinion of ser vants not to be despised 322 69 The miseries and prejudice of old age
326
Different men virtuous in different degrees The vicious not always abandoned
330
No man believes that his own life will be short
334
The necessity of good humour 338 73 The lingering expectation of an heir 342 74 Peevishness equally wretched and offensive The character of Tetr...
353
The arts by which bad men are reconciled to themselves 357 v
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a winter scene
375
The great rule of action Debts of justice to be distinguished from debts of charity 369 82 The virtuosos account of his rarities 383 83 The virtuosos c...
388
A young ladys impatience of control
393
The mischiefs of total idleness
398
an introduction to a criti cism on Miltons versification 402
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The reasons why advice is generally ineffectual 408
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A criticism on Miltons versification Elisions dangerous in English poetry 412
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The luxury of vain imagination
417
The pauses in English poetry adjusted 421
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The conduct of Patronage an allegory
426
The accommodation of sound to the sense often chimerical 43 X
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An inquiry how far Milton has accommodated the sound to the sense 442
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The history of Pertinax the sceptick
449
Truth Falsehood and Fiction an allegory 453
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Advice to unmarried ladies
458
The necessity of cultivating politeness
464
The pleasures of private friendship The necessity of similar disposi tions
468
Numr Pabi
472
The voyage of life 481 103 The prevalence of curiosity The character of Nugaculus
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Page 444 - His praise, ye Winds, that from four quarters blow, Breathe soft or loud ; and, wave your tops, ye Pines, With every plant, in sign of worship wave. Fountains, and ye that warble, as ye flow, Melodious murmurs, warbling tune his praise.
Page 202 - Happy the man - and happy he alone He who can call today his own, He who, secure within, can say 'Tomorrow, do thy worst, for I have...
Page 437 - The sound must seem an echo to the sense : Soft is the strain when Zephyr gently blows, And the smooth stream in smoother numbers flows ; But when loud surges lash the sounding shore, The hoarse, rough verse should like the torrent roar: When Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to throw, The line too labours, and the words move slow : Not so, when swift Camilla scours the plain, Flies o'er th' unbending corn, and skims along the main.
Page 425 - Olympian hill I soar, Above the flight of Pegasean wing ! The meaning, not the name, I call ; for thou Nor of the Muses nine, nor on the top Of old Olympus dwell'st ; but...
Page 313 - ... yet remains one effort to be made ; that reformation is never hopeless, nor sincere endeavours ever unassisted ; that the wanderer may at length return after all his...
Page 39 - Evil into the mind of God or man May come and go, so unapproved, and leave No spot or blame behind...
Page 288 - ... more knowledge may be gained of a man's real character, by a short conversation with one of his servants, than from a formal and studied narrative, begun with his pedigree, and ended with his funeral.
Page 287 - The business of the biographer is often to pass slightly over those performances and incidents which produce vulgar greatness, to lead the thoughts into domestic privacies, and display the minute details of daily life, where exterior appendages are cast aside, and men excel each other only by prudence and by virtue.
Page 424 - Urania, and fit audience find, though few. But drive far off the barbarous dissonance Of Bacchus and his revellers, the race Of that wild rout that tore the Thracian bard In Rhodope, where woods and rocks had ears To rapture, till the savage clamour drown'd Both harp and voice ; nor could the muse defend Her son.
Page 310 - Here Obidah paused for a time, and began to consider whether it were longer safe to forsake the known and common track ; but remembering that the heat was now in its greatest violence, and that the plain was dusty and uneven, he resolved to pursue the new path, which he supposed only to make a few meanders, in compliance with the varieties of the ground, and to end at last in the common road.

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