Essays, Biographical and Critical: Or, Studies of Character

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Phillips, 1857 - Biography - 475 pages
 

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Page 256 - In happy climes, the seat of innocence, Where nature guides and virtue rules, Where men shall not impose for truth and sense The pedantry of courts and schools : There shall be sung another golden age, The rise of empire and of arts, The good and great inspiring epic rage, The wisest heads, and noblest hearts.
Page 284 - Quando novellamente Nasce nel cor profondo Un amoroso affetto, Languido e stanco insiem con esso in petto Un desiderio di morir si sente: Come, non so: ma tale D'amor vero e possente il primo effetto.
Page 122 - With clashing wheel, and lifting keel, And smoking torch on high, When winds are loud and billows reel, She thunders foaming by ; When seas are silent and serene, With even beam she glides — The sunshine glimmering through the green That skirts her gleaming sides.
Page 256 - The Muse, disgusted at an age and clime Barren of every glorious theme, In distant lands now waits a better time, Producing subjects worthy fame: In happy climes, where, from the genial sun And virgin earth, such scenes ensue. The force of Art by Nature seems outdone, And fancied beauties by the true: In happy climes, the seat of innocence, Where Nature guides, and Virtue rules, Where men shall not impose, for truth and sense, The pedantry of courts and schools...
Page 399 - For though in dreadful whirls we hung High on the broken wave, I knew thou wert not slow to hear, Nor impotent to save.
Page 36 - Hampden, that he had a head to contrive, a tongue to persuade, and a hand to execute, any mischief.
Page 199 - The reigning Error of his Life was, that he mistook the Love for the Practice of Virtue, and was indeed not so much a good Man as the Friend of Goodness.
Page 255 - If you put this question to me,' says Sir Robert, 'as a minister, I must, and can assure you, that the money shall most undoubtedly be paid as soon as suits with public convenience : but if you ask me as a friend, whether Dr. Berkeley should continue in America, expecting the payment of 10,000, I advise him by all means to return to Europe, and to give up his present expectations.
Page 249 - Devotione, ie a sort of religious opera), they make fireworks almost every week out of devotion ; the streets are often hung with arras out of devotion ; and (what is still more strange) the ladies invite gentlemen to their houses, and treat them with music and sweetmeats, out of devotion : in a word, were it not for this devotion of its inhabitants, Naples would have little else to recommend it beside the air and situation.
Page 130 - Having employed much time, money, and zeal, in accomplishing this work, it gives me, as it will you, great pleasure to see it fully answer my expectations. It will give a cheap and quick conveyance to the merchandise on the Mississippi, Missouri, and other great rivers, which are now laying open their treasures to the enterprise of our countrymen ; and although the prospect of personal emolument has been some inducement to me, yet I feel infinitely more pleasure in reflecting on the immense advantage...

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