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C. and J. Rivington, 1823 - English essays

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Page l - An Inquiry into the Secondary Causes which Mr. Gibbon has assigned for the rapid growth of Christianity.
Page 318 - Thus with the year Seasons return, but not to me returns Day, or the sweet approach of even or morn, Or sight of vernal bloom, or summer's rose, Or flocks, or herds, or human face divine ; But cloud instead, and ever-during dark Surrounds me, from the cheerful ways of men Cut off, and for the book of knowledge fair Presented with a universal blank Of Nature's works to me expunged and rased, And wisdom at one entrance quite shut out...
Page 323 - And that which should accompany old age, As honour, love, obedience, troops of friends, I must not look to have ; but, in their stead, Curses, not loud but deep, mouth-honour, breath, Which the poor heart would fain deny, and dare not.
Page 75 - I have been bullied by an usurper ; I have been neglected by a court ; but I will not be dictated to by a subject : your man shan't stand. " ANNE Dorset, Pembroke and Montgomery.
Page 244 - True wit is nature to advantage dress'd ; What oft was thought, but ne'er so well express'd ; Something, whose truth convinc'd at sight we find, That gives us back the image of our mind.
Page li - Lord Hailes's Annals of Scotland have not that painted form which is the taste of this age ; but it is a book which will always sell, it has such a stability of dates, such a certainty of facts, and such a punctuality of citation. I never before read Scotch history with certainty.
Page 121 - Still as they run they look behind, They hear a voice in every wind, And snateh a fearful joy.
Page 131 - The most inflammatory and intrepid fevers fly at the first discharge of Dr. James's powder ; and a drop or pill of the celebrated Mr. Ward corrects all the malignity of Pandora's box.
Page 99 - As I found that the name of Sysigambis, carrying an idea of age along with it, was offensive to my wife, I waved the parallel ; and addressing myself in common to my wife and daughter, I told them, " I perceived that there was a painter now at Paris, who coloured much higher than Rigault, though he did not paint near so like ; for that I could hardly have guessed them to be the pictures of themselves.
Page 274 - A gentleman is every man, who, "with a tolerable suit of clothes, a sword by his side, and a watch and snuff-box in his pockets, asserts himself to be a gentleman, swears with energy that he will be treated as such, and that he...

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