History of England: From William and Mary to the death of Victoria. By T. F. Tout. 1908

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Page 800 - He made an administration, so checkered and speckled; he put together a piece of joinery, so crossly indented and whimsically dove-tailed; a cabinet so variously inlaid; such a piece of diversified Mosaic; such a tesselated pavement without cement; here a bit of black stone, and there a bit of white; patriots and courtiers, king's friends and republicans; whigs and tories; treacherous friends and open enemies : that it was indeed...
Page 852 - I will resist it to the last gasp of my existence and with the last drop of my blood, and when I feel the hour of my dissolution approaching, I will, like the father of Hannibal, take my children to the altar and swear them to eternal hostility against the invaders of their country's freedom.
Page 902 - WHO fears to speak of Ninety-eight? Who blushes at the name? When cowards mock the patriot's fate, Who hangs his head for shame? He's all a knave, or half a slave, Who slights his country thus; But a true man, like you, man, Will fill your glass with us. We drink the memory of the brave, The faithful and the...
Page 800 - ... pavement without cement ; here a bit of black stone and there a bit of white; patriots and courtiers, king's friends and republicans; whigs and tories; treacherous friends and open enemies ; that it was indeed a very curious show, but utterly unsafe to touch, and unsure to stand on.
Page 793 - My antagonist has wisely shut himself up in inaccessible intrenchments so that I can't get at him, without spilling a torrent of blood, and that perhaps to little purpose. The Marquis de Montcalm is at the head of a great number of bad soldiers and I am at the head of a small number of good ones, that wish for nothing so much as to fight him — but the wary old fellow avoids an action, doubtful of the behaviour of his army. People must be of the profession to understand the disadvantages and difficulties...
Page 848 - That a claim of any body of men, other than the king, lords, and commons of Ireland to make laws to bind this kingdom, is unconstitutional, illegal, and a grievance.
Page 967 - Ah no ! a shepherd of a different stock, And far unlike him, feeds this little flock ; A jovial youth, who thinks his Sunday's task As much as God or man can fairly ask. The rest he gives to loves and labours light, To fields the morning, and to feasts the night : None better skilled the noisy pack to guide, To urge their chase, to cheer them or to chide ; A sportsman keen, he shoots through half the day, And, skilled at whist, devotes the night to play...
Page 1012 - Whose constant study it was, to elevate the intellectual And moral character of The Nations committed to his charge...
Page 778 - ... or artillery with us, and being to attack them in their post, and obliged to pass before their noses in a defile and bog. Only our first line had occasion to engage ; for actually, in five minutes the field was cleared of the enemies ; all the foot killed, wounded, or taken prisoners ; and of the horse only 200 escaped, like rabbits, one by one. On our side we only lost a hundred men, between killed and wounded ; and the army afterwards had a fine plunder.
Page 868 - Napoleon did not manoeuvre at all. He just moved forward in the old style, in columns, and was driven off in the old style. The only difference was, that he mixed cavalry with his infantry, and supported both with an enormous quantity of artillery. I had the infantry for some time in squares, and we had the French cavalry walking about us as if they had been our own. I never saw the British infantry behave so well.

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