Lansdowne, Yalden, Tickell, Hammond, Somervile, Savage, Swift

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Alexander Chalmers
J. Johnson, 1810

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Page 507 - In Pope I cannot read a line, But with a sigh I wish it mine ; When he can in one couplet fix More sense than I can do in six ; It gives me such a jealous fit, I cry, " Pox take him and his wit !" I grieve to be outdone by Gay In my own humorous biting way.
Page 123 - I hear a voice you cannot hear, Which says I must not stay ; I see a hand you cannot see, Which beckons me away.
Page 99 - ... the matter; and that he had never heard a single word of it till on this occasion. This surprise of dr. Young, together with what Steele has said against Tickell in relation to this affair, make it highly probable that there was some underhand dealing in that business; and indeed Tickell himself, who is a very fair worthy man, has since, in a manner, as good as owned it to me.
Page 518 - Consult yourself; and if you find A powerful impulse urge your mind, Impartial judge within your breast What subject you can manage best ; Whether your genius most inclines To satire, praise, or humorous lines, To elegies in mournful tone, Or prologue sent from hand unknown.
Page 379 - The groaning chair began to crawl, Like a huge snail, along the wall, There stuck aloft in public view, And, with small change, a pulpit grew. The porringers, that in a row Hung high, and made a glittering show, To a less noble substance changed, Were now but leathern buckets ranged.
Page 349 - And to urge another argument of a parallel nature: if Christianity were once abolished, how could the freethinkers, the strong reasoners, and the men of profound learning, be able to find another subject, so calculated in all points, whereon to display their abilities?
Page 363 - That's very strange: but if you had not supped I must have got something for you. Let me see, what should I have had? a couple of lobsters? ay, that would have done very well — two shillings: tarts — a shilling. But you will drink a glass of wine with me, though you have supped so much before your usual time, only to spare my pocket?' 'No, we had rather talk with you than drink with you.
Page 381 - Now from all parts the swelling kennels flow. And bear their trophies with them as they go : Filths of all hues and odours seem to tell What street they sail'd from by their sight and smell.
Page 389 - How's the wind ?' ' Whose chariot's that we left behind ?' Or gravely try to read the lines Writ underneath the country signs; Or, ' Have you nothing new to-day ' From Pope, from Parnell, or from Gay ?' Such tattle often entertains My lord and me as far as Staines, As once a week we travel down To Windsor, and again to town, Where all that passes inter nos Might be proclaim'd at Charing-cross.
Page 381 - Box'd in a chair the beau impatient sits, While spouts run clattering o'er the roof by fits, And ever and anon with frightful din The leather sounds ; he trembles from within. So when Troy chairmen bore the wooden steed, Pregnant with Greeks impatient to be freed, (Those bully Greeks, who, as the moderns do, Instead of paying chairmen...

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