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Page 318 - C[ Of all the amusements which can possibly be imagined for a hard-working man, after his daily toil, or in its intervals, there is nothing like reading an entertaining book. It calls for no bodily exertion. It transports him into a livelier, and gayer, and more diversified and interesting scene, and while he enjoys himself there he may forget the evils of the present moment. Nay, it...
Page 177 - The manner of the carriage is by laying rails of timber, from the colliery down to the river, exactly straight and parallel ; and bulky carts are made with four rowlets fitting these rails ; whereby the carriage is so easy, that one horse will draw down four or five chaldron of coals, and is an immense benefit to the coal merchant.
Page 62 - Yet chartered by sorrow, and freighted with sighs : — Fading and false is the aspect it wears, As the smiles we put on, just to cover our tears ; And the withering thoughts which the world cannot know, Like heart-broken exiles lie burning below ; Whilst the vessel drives on to that desolate shore, Where the dreams of our childhood are vanished and o'er!
Page 62 - Night on the waves ! — and the moon is on high, Hung like a gem on the brow of the sky, Treading its depths in the power of her might, And turning the clouds, as they pass her, to light...
Page 62 - Tis thus with our life, while it passes along, Like a vessel at sea, amid sunshine and song ! Gaily we glide, in the gaze of the world, With streamers afloat, and with canvass unfurled ; All gladness and glory to wandering eyes, Yet chartered by sorrow, and freighted with sighs...
Page 62 - Who — as she smiles in the silvery light, Spreading her wings on the bosom of night, Alone on the deep, as the moon in the sky, A phantom of beauty — could deem with a sigh, That so lovely a thing is the mansion of sin, And that souls that are smitten lie bursting within...
Page 190 - No character, however harmoniously framed and gloriously gifted, can be complete without this abiding principle : it is the cement which binds the whole moral edifice together, without which all power, goodness, intellect, truth, happiness, love itself, can have no permanence ; but all the fabric of existence crumbles away from under us, and leaves us at last sitting in the midst of a ruin, — astonished at our own desolation.
Page 265 - TRAGEDY, as it was anciently composed, hath been ever held the gravest, moralest, and most profitable of all other poems ; therefore said by Aristotle to be of power, by raising pity, and fear, or terror, to purge the mind of those and such like passions, that is, to temper and reduce them to just measure with a kind of delight, stirred up by reading or seeing those passions well imitated.
Page 230 - Yet, by some such fortuitous liquefaction was mankind taught to procure a body, at once, in a high degree, solid and transparent; which might admit the light of the sun, and exclude the violence of the wind ; which might extend the sight of the philosopher to new ranges of existence, and charm him, at one time, with the unbounded extent of...
Page 25 - A mere plodding boy was above all others encouraged by him. At Laleham he had once got out of patience, and spoken sharply to a pupil of this kind, when the pupil looked up in his face and said, " Why do you speak angrily, sir ? — indeed I am doing the best that I can." Years afterwards he used to tell the story to his children, and said, " I never felt so much ashamed in my life — that look and that speech I have never forgotten.