The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift...

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W. Durell & Company, 1813
 

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Stran 14 - Peace to all such ! but were there one whose fires True genius kindles, and fair fame inspires; Blest with each talent and each art to please, And born to write, converse, and live with ease : Should such a man, too fond to rule alone, Bear, like the Turk, no brother near the throne...
Stran 14 - Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer, And without sneering, teach the rest to sneer; Willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike, Just hint a fault and hesitate dislike...
Stran 268 - The most accomplished way of using books at present is twofold : either first to serve them as some men do lords, learn their titles exactly, and then brag of their acquaintance ; or, secondly, which is indeed the choicer, the profounder, and politer method, to get a thorough insight into the index by which the whole book is governed and turned, like fishes by the tail.
Stran 132 - Lastly, his writings have set all our wits and men of letters upon a new way of thinking, of which they had little or no notion before ; and though we cannot yet say that any of them have come up to the beauties of the original, I think we may venture to affirm, that every one of them writes and thinks much more justly than they did some time since.
Stran 20 - O wonderful creature ! a woman of reason ! Never grave out of pride, never gay out of season ; When so easy to guess who this angel should be, Would one think Mrs. Howard ne'er dreamt it was she ?" There are two rather curious circumstances connected with these verses.
Stran 16 - Calypso once each heart alarm'd, Aw'd without virtue, without beauty charm'd ; Her tongue bewitch'd as oddly as her eyes, Less wit than mimic, more a wit than wise ; Strange graces still, and stranger flights she had, Was just not ugly, and was just not mad ; Yet ne'er so sure our passion to create, As when she touch'd the brink of all we hate.
Stran 138 - If this piece of imprudence does not spoil so excellent a Paper, I propose to myself the highest satisfaction in reading it with you, over a dish of tea, every morning next winter.
Stran 18 - OH be thou blest with all that Heaven can send, Long health, long youth, long pleasure, and a friend: Not with those toys the female world admire, Riches that vex, and vanities that tire. With added years, if life bring nothing new...
Stran 55 - SIR, I admit your general rule, That every poet is a fool : But you yourself may serve to show it, That every fool is not a poet.
Stran 132 - It is incredible to conceive the effect his writings have had on the town ; how many thousand follies they have either quite banished, or given a very great check to ! how much countenance they have added to virtue and religion ! how many people they have rendered happy, by showing them it was their own fault if they were not so ! and, lastly, how entirely they have convinced our young fops and young fellows of the value and advantages of learning...

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