The Works of Henry Mackenzie, Esq, Volume 5

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J. Ballantyne and Company, 1808
 

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Page 248 - I care not, fortune, what you me deny ; You cannot rob me of free nature's grace ; You cannot shut the windows of the sky, Through which Aurora shows her brightening face, You cannot bar my constant feet to trace The woods and lawns, by living stream, at eve : Let health my nerves and finer fibres brace, And I their toys to the great children leave : Of fancy, reason, virtue, nought can me bereave.
Page 60 - I go to be wretched ; but you may be happy, happy in your duty to a father; happy, it may be, in the arms of a husband, whom the possession of such a wife may teach refinement and sensibility.
Page 52 - English hunter to that of an Italian mule, his horse unluckily made a false step, and fell with his rider to the ground, from which Sir Edward was lifted by his servants with scarce any signs of life. They conveyed him on a litter to the nearest house, which happened to be the dwelling of a peasant rather above the common rank, before whose door some of his neighbours were assembled at a scene of rural merriment, when the train of Sir Edward brought up their master in the condition I have described....
Page 69 - He threw off a tattered coat, and black patch. It was her father ! — She would have sprung to embrace him ; he turned aside for a few moments, and would not receive her int
Page 62 - Neither the vows of eternal fidelity of her seducer, nor the constant and respectful attention which he paid her during a hurried journey to England, could allay that anguish which she suffered at the recollection of her past, and the thoughts of her present situation. Sir Edward felt strongly the power of her beauty and of her grief. His heart was not made for that part which, it is probable, he thought it could have performed : it was still subject to remorse, to compassion, and to love.
Page 75 - Of some of their correspondents, were they at liberty to disclose them, the names would do credit to the work ; of others they are entirely ignorant, and can only return this general acknowledgment for their favours. To many of them they have to apologize for several abridgments, additions, and alterations, which sometimes the composition of the essays themselves, and sometimes the nature of the work in which they were to appear, seemed to render necessary. The...
Page 246 - I am seated at this moment, in a little shaded arbour, with a sloping lawn in front, covered with some sheep that are resting in the noonday heat, with their lambkins around them ; with a grove of pines on the right hand, through which a scarcely stirring breeze is heard faintly to whisper ; with a brook on the left, to the gurgle of which the willows on its side seem to listen in silence: this landscape, with a back ground of distant hills, on which one can discover the smoke of the shepherd's fire,...
Page 163 - In the enthusiasm of sentiment there is much the same danger as in the enthusiasm of religion, of substituting certain impulses and feelings of what may be called a visionary kind, in the place of real practical duties, which, in morals, as in theology, we might not improperly denominate good works.
Page 325 - I find that learning confers so little estimation in the world : but as, on the score of qualifications, I am incapable of what is desired, and, in the article of indulgences, will never submit to what is expected, is it not my duty, Mr. Lounger, to resign my pretensions to the living which was promised me ; though I dread the reproaches of my parents, whom the prospect of having me so soon provided for had made happy ; though I fear to offend my benefactor who recommended me to Sir John, and at...
Page 57 - Sir Edward pressed to know the cause ; after some hesitation she told it all. Her father had fixed on the son of a neighbour, rich in possessions, but rude in manners, for her husband. Against this match she had always protested as strongly, as a sense of duty, and the mildness of her nature, would allow; but Venoni was obstinately bent on the match, and she was wretched from the thoughts of it.— • To marry, where one cannot love, — to marry such ' a man, Sir Edward!' It was an opportunity...

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