Famous Books; Sketches in the Highways and Byeways of English Literature

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Page 360 - Come back into memory, like as thou wert in the day-spring of thy fancies, with hope like a fiery column before thee — the dark pillar not yet turned — /Samuel Taylor Coleridge — Logician, Metaphysician, Bard...
Page 364 - She was none of your lukewarm gamesters, your half and half players, who have no objection to take a hand, if you want one to make up a rubber; who affirm that they have no pleasure in winning; that they like to win one game, and lose another; that they can while away an hour very agreeably at a cardtable, but are indifferent whether they play or no ; and will desire an adversary, who has slipt a wrong card, to take it up and play another.
Page 281 - All accounts of gallantry, pleasure, and entertainment, shall be under the article of White's Chocolatehouse; poetry, under that of Will's Coffee-house; learning, under the title of Grecian; foreign and domestic news you will have from Saint James's Coffee-house ; and what else I have to offer on any other subject shall be dated from my own Apartment.
Page 213 - In brief, where the Scripture is silent, the Church is my text ; where that speaks, 'tis but my comment : where there is a joint silence of both, I borrow not the rules of my religion from Rome or Geneva, but the dictates of my own reason.
Page 315 - ADVENTURES OF ROBINSON CRUSOE , Of YORK. MARINER: Who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of AMERICA, near the Mouth of the Great River of OROONOQUE; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, wherein all the Men perished but himself. WITH An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver'd by PYRATES. Written by Himself.
Page 213 - But to difference myself nearer, and draw into a lesser circle : there is no church, whose every part so squares unto my conscience ; whose articles, constitutions, and customs seem so consonant unto reason, and as it were framed to my particular devotion, as this whereof I hold my belief, the Church of England...
Page 364 - I have heard her declare, under the rose, that hearts was her favourite suit. I never in my life — and I knew Sarah Battle many of the best years of it — saw her take out her snuffbox when it was her turn to play ; or snuff a candle in the middle of a game ; or ring for a servant, till it was fairly over. She never introduced, or connived at, miscellaneous conversation during its process. As she emphatically observed, cards were cards ; and if...
Page 315 - The story is told with modesty, with seriousness, and with a religious application of events to the uses to which wise men always apply them ; viz. to the instruction of others, by this example, and to justify and honour the wisdom of Providence in all the variety of our circumstances, let them happen how they will.
Page 131 - ... each pasture stored with sheep feeding with sober security, while the pretty lambs with bleating oratory craved the dam's comfort; here a shepherd's boy piping, as though he should never be old: there a young shepherdess knitting, and withal singing, and it seemed that her voice comforted her hands to work, and her hands kept time to her voice-music.
Page 211 - Terms of Scurrility betwixt us, which only difference our Affections, and not our Cause,) there is between us one common Name and Appellation, one Faith and necessary body of Principles common to us both ; and therefore I am not scrupulous to converse and live with them, to enter their Churches in defect of ours, and either pray with them, or for them.

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