The British Essayists: Adventurer

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J. Richardson and Company, 1823 - English essays
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Page 274 - ... and miscarriage will be equally destructive : after the conquest of a province, they will quarrel in the division ; after the loss of a battle, all will be endeavouring to secure themselves by abandoning the rest. From the impossibility of confining numbers to the constant and uniform prosecution of a common interest, arises the difficulty of securing subjects against the encroachment of governors.
Page 232 - At him the gunner took his aim; The aim he took was much too true ; O ! had he chose some other game, Or shot as he...
Page 237 - I looked earnestly for the first beam of day, a dark spot appeared to intercept* it. I perceived that it was in motion ; it increased in size as it drew near, and at length I discovered it to be an eagle.
Page 4 - Knights have been deemed worse than death ; and who is more truly a candidate for public praise than an author ? But as the Knights were without fear of death, the Adventurer is without fear of disgrace or disappointment: he confides, like them, in the temper of his weapon and the justice of his cause ; he knows he has not far to go before he will meet with some fortress that has been raised by sophistry for the asylum of error, some enchanter who lies in wait to ensnare innocence, or some dragon...
Page 255 - 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 12 - I have got a flock of them formed of leather covered with ravens' feathers: they are a little unwieldy, I must confess ; but I have disposed my wires, so as to play them about tolerably well, and make them flap out the candles ; and two of the largest are to gulp down the grenadier, stationed at each door of the stage, with their caps, muskets, bayonets, and all their accoutrements.
Page 238 - I boast of no knowledge that I have not received : As the sands of the desert drink up the drops of rain or the dew of the morning, so do I also, who am but dust, imbibe the instructions of the Prophet. Believe then that it is he who tells...
Page 238 - At these words I was not less astonished than if a mountain had been overturned at my feet : I humbled myself in the dust ; I returned to the city ; I dug up my treasure ; I was liberal, yet I became rich. My skill in restoring health to the body gave me frequent opportunities of curing the diseases of the soul. I...
Page 141 - In books the various scenes of life he drew, As votive tablets give the wreck to view. AMONG the many Pocket Companions, New Memorandum Books, Gentlemen and Tradesmen's Daily Assistants, and other productions of the like. nature, calculated for the use of those who mix in the bustle of the world, I cannot but applaud those polite and elegant inventions, The Ladies...
Page 38 - ... flattered by the hope of carrying off a young lady under the disguise of a common soldier without revealing his birth or boasting of his expectations. In 'this attempt he became very assiduous, and succeeded. The company being ordered to another place, Betty and her young mistress departed early in the morning with their gallants; and there being a privileged chapel in the next town, they were married. The old gentleman, as soon as he was informed that his daughter was missing, made so diligent...

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