The Cambridge History of English Literature: The age of Johnson
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Page 173 - 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 160 - The reader will here find no regions cursed with irremediable barrenness, or blest with spontaneous fecundity ; no perpetual gloom, or unceasing sunshine ; nor are the nations here described either devoid of all sense of humanity, or consummate in all private and social virtues ; here are no Hottentots without religion, polity or articulate language ; no Chinese perfectly polite, and completely skilled in all sciences...
Page 498 - An inquiry into the share, which King Charles i. had in the transactions of the Earl of Glamorgan...
Page 208 - But me, not destined such delights to share, My prime of life in wandering spent and care ; Impell'd, with steps unceasing, to pursue Some fleeting good, that mocks me with the view ; That, like the circle bounding earth and skies, Allures from far, yet, as I follow, flies ; My fortune leads to traverse realms alone, And find no spot of all the world my own.
Page 174 - ... no dictionary of a living tongue ever can be perfect, since, while it is hastening to publication, some words are budding, and some falling away...
Page 266 - THE angel ended, and in Adam's ear So charming left his voice, that he awhile Thought him still speaking, still stood fix'd to hear...
Page 328 - If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity or number'} No. Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence? No. Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.
Page 306 - The eight sessions that I sat in parliament were a school of civil prudence, the first and most essential virtue of an historian.
Page 347 - the doing good to mankind, in obedience to the will of God, and for the sake of everlasting happiness.
Page 83 - The Tragedy of Tragedies; or the Life and Death of Tom Thumb the Great...