Memoirs of Richard Lovell Edgeworth, Esq, Volume 2

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R. Hunter, 1820
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Page 408 - New sorrow rises as the day returns, A sister sickens, or a daughter mourns. Now kindred merit fills the sable bier, Now lacerated friendship claims a tear. Year chases year, decay pursues decay, Still drops some joy from...
Page 408 - An age that melts in unperceiv'd decay, And glides in modest innocence away; Whose peaceful day Benevolence endears, Whose night congratulating Conscience cheers; The gen'ral fav'rite as the gen'ral friend; Such age there is, and who shall wish its end? Yet ev'n on this her load Misfortune flings, To press the weary minutes' flagging wings; New sorrow rises as the day returns, A sister sickens, or a daughter mourns.
Page 342 - Nor make to dangerous wit a vain pretence, But wisely rest content with modest sense; For wit, like wine, intoxicates the brain, Too strong for feeble woman to sustain: Of those who claim it more than half have none; And half of those who have it are undone.
Page iv - Few, I believe, have ever enjoyed such happiness, or such advantages as I have had in the instructions, society, and unbounded confidence and affection, of such a father and such a friend.
Page 264 - ... Priory, and all of us like our change of situation. We have a pleasant house, a good garden, ponds full of fish,, and a pleasing valley somewhat like Shenstone's deep, umbrageous, and with a talkative stream running down it. Our house is near the top of the valley, well screened by hills front the east, and north, and open to the south, where, at four miles distance, we see Derby tower.
Page 336 - The first design of this Essay was his : under the semblance of attack, he wished to show the English public the eloquence, wit, and talents of the lower classes of people in Ireland. Working zealously upon the ideas which he suggested, sometimes, what was spoken by him, was afterwards written by me ; or when I wrote my first thoughts, they were corrected and improved by him ; so that no book was ever written more completely in partnership. On this, as on most subjects, whether light or serious,...
Page 348 - He would sometimes advise me to lay by what was done for several months, and turn my mind to something else, that we might look back at it afterwards with fresh eyes. On the advantages of this practice, in confirmation of Horace's old precept, he pointed out to me some observations of Dr. Johnson's*, which are so just in thought, and forcible in language, that they made an indelible impression on my mind.
Page 3 - ... when they stood before him perverse in litigation, helpless in procrastination, detected in cunning, or convicted of falsehood. They saw into his character, almost as soon as he understood theirs. The first remark which I heard whispered aside among the people, with congratulatory looks at each other, was " His Honor, any way is good pay.
Page 196 - When I first knew of this attachment, and before I was well acquainted with her, I own I did not wish for the marriage. I had not my father's quick penetration into character : I did not at first see the superior abilities or qualities which he discovered ; nor did I anticipate any of the happy consequences from this union which he foresaw. All that I thought, I told him. With the most kind patience he bore with me, and, instead of withdrawing his affection, honoured me the more with his confidence.
Page 345 - ... fortnight, or till the first thirty or forty pages were written ; then they were read to him, and if he thought them going on tolerably well, the pleasure in his eyes, the approving sound of his voice, even without the praise he so warmly bestowed, were sufficient and delightful excitements to

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