The epistolary correspondence of Sir Richard Steele: In two volumes

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Printed by and for the editor, 1787 - Drama - 518 pages
 

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Page 343 - The world recedes; it disappears! Heaven opens on my eyes! my ears With sounds seraphic ring: Lend, lend your wings! I mount! I fly! O Grave! where is thy victory? O Death! where is thy sting?
Page 333 - My youth has dealt more fairly and openly with me ; it has afforded several prospects of my danger, and given me an advantage not very common to young men, that the attractions of the world have not dazzled me very much, and I begin where most people end...
Page 342 - VITAL spark of heavenly flame ! Quit, oh, quit this mortal frame ! Trembling, hoping, lingering, flying : Oh, the pain, the bliss of dying ! Cease, fond nature ! cease thy strife, And let me languish into life ! Hark, they whisper ; angels say,
Page 333 - Sickness is a sort of early old age; it teaches us a diffidence in our earthly state, and inspires us with the thoughts of a future, better than a thousand volumes of philosophers and divines. It gives so warning a concussion to those props of our vanity, our strength and youth, that we think of fortifying ourselves within, when there is so little dependence upon our out-works.
Page 361 - ... unless I save him; and therefore I will not speak to him, that I may not report to his disadvantage.
Page 484 - I have only one gentleman, < who will be nameless,' to thank for any frequent assistance to me ; which, indeed, It would have been barbarous in him to have denied to one with whom he has lived in an intimacy from childhood, considering the great ease with which he is able to dispatch the most entertaining pieces of this nature.
Page 297 - ... conversant. The images which you will meet with here, will be very faint, after the perusal of the Greeks and Romans, who are your ordinary companions. I must confess I am obliged to you for the taste of many of their...
Page 461 - ... William, it being the 4th November, as to drink his friend Addison up to conversation pitch, whose phlegmatic constitution was hardly warmed for society by that time. Steele was not fit for it. Two remarkable circumstances happened. John Sly, the hatter of facetious memory, was in the house; and...
Page 332 - You formerly observed to me that nothing made a more ridiculous figure in a man's life than the disparity we often find in him sick and well ; thus one of an unfortunate constitution is perpetually exhibiting a miserable example of the weakness of his mind, and of his body, in their turns. I have had frequent opportunities of late to consider myself in these different views, and, I hope, have...
Page 343 - I. Vital fpark of heav'nly fl.ame ! Quit, oh quit this mortal frame; Trembling, hoping, ling'ring, flying, Oh the pain, the blifs of dying ! Ceafe, fond Nature, ceafe thy ftrife, And let me languifh into life. II. Hark ! they whifper ; Angels fay, Sifter Spirit, come away...

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