The British Essayists: With Prefaces, Historical and Biographical, Volume 19

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Little, Brown, 1856

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Page 318 - Just in the gate, and in the jaws of hell, Revengeful Cares and sullen Sorrows dwell, And pale Diseases, and repining Age, Want, Fear, and Famine's unresisted rage; Here Toils, and Death, and Death's half-brother, Sleep, (Forms terrible to view) their sentry keep; With anxious Pleasures of a guilty mind, Deep Frauds before, and open Force behind; The Furies' iron beds; and Strife, that shakes Her hissing tresses, and unfolds her snakes.
Page 261 - All school-days' friendship, childhood innocence? We, Hermia, like two artificial gods, Have with our needles created both one flower, Both on one sampler, sitting on one cushion, Both warbling of one song, both in one key; As if our hands, our sides, voices, and...
Page 18 - ... Account of Dr. Swift has been already collected, with great diligence and acuteness, by Dr. Hawkesworth, according to a scheme which I laid before him in the intimacy of our friendship. I cannot therefore be expected to say much of a life, concerning which I had long since communicated my thoughts to a man capable of dignifying his narration with so much elegance of language and force of sentiment.
Page 193 - The master of the table, who perceived the lady to whom I spoke change countenance, was at once convinced, that she had indeed attempted to poison me, to preserve that interest which as a rival she feared I should subvert. He rose up in a rage, and commanded the venison to be produced; a dog that was supposed to have eaten it was brought in: but before the event could be known, the tumult was become general; and my rival, after having suddenly stabbed her patron, plunged the same poniard in her own...
Page 51 - Reason considers the motive, the means, and the end ; and honours courage only when it is employed to effect the purpose of virtue. Whoever exposes life for the good of others, and desires no superadded reward but fame, is pronounced a hero by the voice of reason ; and to withhold the praise that he merits, would be an attempt equally injurious and impossible. How much then is it to be regretted, that several ages have elapsed, since all who had the will, had also the power, thus to secure at once...
Page 128 - And slow advancing struggle with the stream: But, if they slack their hands, or cease to strive, Then down the flood with headlong haste they drive.
Page 95 - He was immediately touched with grief and remorse ; his tenderness was alarmed at her distress, and his esteem increased by her virtue ; he catched her in his arms, and as an atonement for the insult she had received, he offered her marriage : but as her chastity would not suffer her to become his mistress, neither -would her gratitude permit her to become his wife ; and as soon as she was sufficiently recollected, she entreated him never more to urge her to violate the obligation she was under either...
Page 292 - Mirza, the balance of distribution was suspended with impartiality ; and under his administration the weak were protected, the learned received honour, and the diligent became rich ; Mirza, therefore, was beheld by 'every eye with complacency, and every tongue pronounced blessings upon his head.
Page 186 - I was no longer suspected of qualities which rendered me unfit for society; I had some faint resemblance of human virtue, which is not found in other animals, and therefore hoped to be more generally caressed. But it was not long before this joy subsided in the remembrance of that dignity from which I had fallen, and from which I was still at an immeasurable distance. Yet I lifted up my heart in gratitude to the power who had once more brought me within the circle of nature. As a brute, I was more...

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