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Page 404 - Aonian maids, Delight no more — O Thou my voice inspire Who touch'd Isaiah's hallow'd lips with fire! Rapt into future times the bard begun: A Virgin shall conceive — a Virgin bear a Son ! From Jesse's root behold a Branch arise Whose sacred flower with fragrance fills the skies: Th' Ethereal Spirit o'er its leaves shall move, And on its top descends the mystic Dove.
Page 265 - Moderator, I desire to receive this sentence of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, pronounced against me, with real concern and awful impressions of the Divine conduct in it ; but I rejoice that to me it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake.
Page 436 - The essays professedly serious, if I have been able to execute my own intentions, will be found exactly conformable to the precepts of Christianity, without any accommodation to the licentiousness and levity of the present age. I therefore look back on this part of my work with pleasure, which no blame or praise of man shall diminish or augment.
Page 612 - As soon as he recovered himself, he told me, that though his clerks might use some expressions that I had not been accustomed to hear, yet he believed them to be very honest ; and that he placed more confidence in them, than he would in a formal prig, of whom he knew nothing but that he went every morning...
Page 405 - The swain in barren deserts with surprise Sees lilies spring, and sudden verdure rise ; And starts, amidst the thirsty wilds to hear New falls of water murmuring in his ear. On rifted rocks, the dragon's late abodes, The green reed trembles, and the bulrush nods.
Page 245 - When the quantity of common fire in the body is small, the quantity of the electrical fire (or the electrical stroke) should be greater ; if the quantity of common fire be great, less electrical fire suffices to produce the effect.
Page 435 - I have laboured to refine our language to grammatical purity, and to clear it from colloquial barbarisms, licentious idioms, and irregular combinations. Something, perhaps, I have added to the elegance of its construction, and something to the harmony of its cadence.
Page 522 - I HAVE before remarked, that it is the peculiar infelicity of those who live by intellectual labour, not to be always able equally to improve their time by application. : there are seasons when the power of invention is suspended, and the mind sinks into a. state of debility from which it can no more recover itself, than a person who sleeps can by a voluntary , effort awake. I was sitting in my study a few nights ago in these perplexing circumstances, and after long rumination...
Page 391 - From the first hint that wakens the fancy, to the hour of actual execution, all is improvement and progress, triumph and felicity.
Page 528 - ... great influence over the people, by which they were much led by me — or some words to that purpose. I hope soon to appear before a Judge who will reward charity and benevolence in a different way ; and I only regret how little service was in my power to do, not only to the fatherless and widows, but to all mankind in general, as I thank God I would make all the race of Adam happy if I could. Another charge, and a heavy one, was that when sub-factor to Glenure...