Poems, essays and opinions: being selections from writings in the "Mirror of the Time", from August 7th, 1850, to the end of February, 1851, Volume 2

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Aylott and Jones, 1851
 

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Page 239 - Anon out of the earth a fabric huge Rose like an exhalation, with the sound Of dulcet symphonies and voices sweet, Built like a temple, where pilasters round Were set, and Doric pillars overlaid With golden architrave; nor did there want Cornice or frieze with bossy sculptures grav'n; The roof was fretted gold.
Page 239 - Th' ascending pile Stood fixed her stately height, and straight the doors, Opening their brazen folds, discover, wide Within, her ample spaces o'er the smooth And level pavement: from the arched roof, Pendent by subtle magic, many a row Of starry lamps and blazing cressets, fed With naptha and asphaltus, yielded light As from a sky.
Page 129 - That England, that was wont to conquer others, Hath made a shameful conquest of itself.
Page 154 - How ! this indebted Albion, now imbued with the most perfidious principles, dares she rouse the bear (as they call us) which almost devoured Napoleon with the first army that ever was on her territory, and went even to Paris to avenge herself for this temerity ! No ! its turn must come, and soon we will only have to treat with this people at Calcutta ; her false policy has compromised her tranquillity. Let her go and ally herself with the negroes of Africa, to whom she wishes so much good, and for...
Page 47 - The heads of young children, cut from their bodies, women's arms, and fragments of human flesh, were thrown into the midst of the Brescian troops, to whom bombs then seemed merciful. Above all, the Imperial cannibals delighted in the horrible convulsions of those whom they burnt to death. Therefore they covered the prisoners with pitch, then set them on fire, and often compelled the women to assist at their husband's martyrdom.
Page 131 - I am bordering upon seventyseven years of age passed in honour. " I hope that the Almighty may protect me from being the witness of the tragedy which I cannot persuade my contemporaries to take measures to avert.
Page 15 - The cloud-capt towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself; * Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve, And, like the baseless fabric of a vision, Leave not a wreck behind.
Page 169 - I hope, be disposed to look at their conduct and every thing which respects that country, as they would look upon the people and the affairs of England and Scotland. I will say, however, that if I am disappointed in my hopes of tranquillity, after a trial has been given of the measure, I shall have no scruple in...
Page 41 - No ; even tyranny has its limits ! When the oppressed no longer find justice on the earth, when their yoke is become insupportable, let them, full of faith, stretch their hands towards heaven, and draw down from thence those eternal rights, which there remain...
Page 135 - ... instance of what a French army can do. It is positively a fact that they brought no provisions with them, and they have not received even a letter since they entered Portugal. With all our money, and having in our favour the good...

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