The life of Samuel Johnson. [Followed by] The journal of a tour to the Hebrides, Volume 4

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Page 58 - Biron they call him; but a merrier man, Within the limit of becoming mirth, I never spent an hour's talk withal : His eye begets occasion for his wit; For every object that the one doth catch, The other turns to a mirth-moving jest...
Page 65 - ... from a lucky hitting upon what is strange, sometimes from a crafty wresting obvious matter to the purpose. Often it consisteth in one knows not what, and springeth up one can hardly tell how. Its ways are unaccountable, and inexplicable ; being answerable to the numberless rovings of fancy, and windings of language.
Page 65 - It is, indeed, a thing so versatile and multiform, appearing in so many shapes, so many postures, so many garbs, so variously apprehended by several eyes and judgments, that it seemeth no less hard to settle a clear and certain notion thereof, than to make a portrait of Proteus, or to define the figure of the fleeting air.
Page 89 - His virtues walked their narrow round, Nor made a pause, nor left a void ; And sure the eternal Master found The single talent well employ'd.
Page 188 - These times, though many a friend bewail, These times bewail not I. " But when the world's loud praise is thine, And spleen no more shall blame ; When with thy Homer thou...
Page 30 - As he was so good as to make me a present of the greatest part of the original, and indeed only manuscript of this admirable work, I have an opportunity of observing with wonder the correctness with which he rapidly struck off such glowing composition. He may be assimilated to the Lady in Waller, who could impress with " Love at first sight:" " Some other nymphs with colours faint, " And pencil slow, may Cupid paint, " And a weak heart in time destroy : ' " She has a stamp, and prints the boy.
Page 25 - Sir, a man has no more right to say an uncivil thing, than to act one ; no more right to say a rude thing to another than to knock him down.
Page 35 - But, gracious God, how well dost thou provide For erring judgments an unerring guide ! Thy throne is darkness in th'abyss of light, A blaze of glory that forbids the sight. O ! teach me to believe thee thus conceal'd, And search no farther than thyself reveal'd ; But Her alone for my director take, Whom thou hast promis'd never to forsake.
Page 183 - Sir, I will not allow this man to have merit. No, Sir; what he has is rather the contrary; I will, indeed, allow him courage, and on this account we so far give him credit. We have more respect for a man who robs boldly on the highway, than for a fellow who jumps out of a ditch and knocks you down behind your back. Courage is a quality so necessary for maintaining virtue, that it is always respected, even when it is associated with vice.
Page 55 - And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom ; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

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