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Stran 162 - summer-house in my garden. After laying down my pen I took several walks in a berceau, or covered walk of acacias, which commands a prospect of the country, the lake, and the mountains. The air was temperate, the sky was serene, the silver orb of the moon was reflected from the waters, and all nature was
Stran 3 - find no regions cursed with irremediable barrenness or blessed with spontaneous fecundity ; no perpetual gloom or unceasing sunshine; nor are the natives here described either devoid of all sense of humanity or consummate in all private or social virtues Here are no Hottentots without religious piety or articulable language, no Chinese perfectly polite
Stran 31 - to think naturally and express forcibly. He taught us that it was possible to reason in rhyme. He showed us the true bounds of a translator's liberty. What was said of Rome, adorned by Augustus, may be applied by an easy metaphor to English poetry, embellished by Dryden;
Stran 3 - human nature is to be found, there is a mixture of vice and virtue, a contest of passion and reason ; and that the Creator doth not appear partial in his distributions, but has balanced in most countries their particular inconveniences by particular favours.
Stran 169 - Johnson hewed passages through the Alps, while Gibbon levelled walks through parks and gardens. Mauled as I had been by Johnson, Gibbon poured balm upon my bruises, by condescending once or twice in the course of the evening to talk with me. The great historian was light and playful,
Stran 233 - was the Precession of the equinoxes and the Nutation of the earth's axis, according to the theory of gravitation. Sir Isaac Newton, in the xxxix. prop, of the third book, had given an indirect solution of the problem concerning the Precession ; the Nutation had only been by
Stran 156 - Yet listen to his moan over the want of that sovereign authority which a social position exercises, but so as to make its service perfect freedom compared with the slavery of nullity and ennui. " While so many of my acquaintance were married, or in Parliament, or advancing with a rapid step in the various roads
Stran 169 - Johnson. Their manners and tastes, both in writing and conversation, were as different as their habiliments. On the day I first sat down with Johnson, in his rusty brown suit, and his black worsted stockings. Gibbon was placed opposite to me in a suit of flowered velvet, with a