Lives of Men of Letters and Science, who Flourished in the Time of George III, Volume 2

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Baudry's European Library, 1846 - 301 pages
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Page 181 - Eximia veste et victu convivia, ludi, pocula crebra, unguenta coronae serta parantur, nequiquam, quoniam medio de fonte leporum surgit amari aliquid quod in ipsis floribus angat...
Page 28 - Seven years, my Lord, have now passed since I waited in your outward rooms, or was repulsed from your door; during which time I have been pushing on my work through difficulties of which it is useless to complain, and have brought it at last to the verge of publication, without one act of assistance, one word of encouragement, or one smile of favour.
Page 53 - To press the weary minutes' flagging wings: 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 184 - He seemed to feel, and even to envy, the happiness of my situation ; while I admired the powers of a superior man, as they are blended in his attractive character with the softness and simplicity of a child. Perhaps no human being was ever more perfectly exempt from the taint of malevolence, vanity, or falsehood.
Page 57 - ... he is, indeed, very ill-favoured ! Yet he has naturally a noble figure ; tall, stout, grand, and authoritative : but he stoops horribly ; his back is quite round : his mouth is continually opening and shutting, as if he were chewing something ; he has a singular method of twirling his fingers, and twisting his hands : his vast body is in constant agitation, seesawing backwards and forwards : his feet are never a moment quiet ; and his whole great person looked often as if it were going to roll...
Page 195 - History, which undertakes to record the transactions of the past, for the instruction of future ages, would ill deserve that honourable office if she condescended to plead the cause of tyrants, or to justify the maxims of persecution.
Page 119 - I am on the point of proposing to you a scheme for a representation of the Colonies in Parliament. Perhaps I might be inclined to entertain some such thought; but a great flood stops me in my course. Opposuit natura — I cannot remove the eternal barriers of the creation.
Page 58 - He then burst into such a fit of laughter, that he appeared to be almost in a convulsion ; and, in order to support himself, laid hold of one of the posts at the side of the foot pavement, and sent forth peals so loud, that in the silence of the night his voice seemed to resound from Temple-bar to Fleet-ditch.
Page 47 - He has scenes of undoubted and perpetual excellence, but perhaps not one play, which, if it were now exhibited as the work of a contemporary writer, would be heard to the conclusion.
Page 188 - Mackintosh), talking to him of the relative ability of Burke and Gibbon, said, " Gibbon might have been cut out of a corner of Burke's mind without his missing it.

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