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Stran 321 - 1 It is remarkable, that Mr. Gray has employed somewhat the same image to characterise Dryden. He, indeed, furnishes his car with but two horses, but they are of ' ethereal race: ' ' Behold where Dryden's less presumptuous car, Wide o'er the fields of glory bear Two coursers of ethereal race,
Stran 368 - that it seemeth no less hard to settle a clear and certain notion thereof, than to make a portrait of Proteus, or to define the figure of the fleeting air. Sometimes it lieth in pat allusion to a known story, or in seasonal! application of a trivial saying, or in forging an apposite tale
Stran 394 - CONDEMN'D to Hope's delusive mine, As on we toil from day to day, By sudden blast or slow decline Our social comforts drop away. Well try'd through many a varying year, See LEVETT to the grave descend; Officious, innocent, sincere, Obscurely wise, and coarsely kind; Nor, letter'd arrogance
Stran 476 - The sentiment is in Congreve, I think.' JOHNSON. ' Yes, Madam, in The Way of the World: "If there's delight in love, 'tis when I see That heart which others bleed for, bleed for me." No, Sir, I should not be surprized though Garrick chained the ocean, and lashed the winds.' BOSWELL.
Stran 322 - can cause or cure. Still to ourselves in every place consign'd, Our own felicity we make or find; With secret course, which no loud storms annoy, Glides the smooth current of domestick joy: The lifted axe, the agonizing wheel,
Stran 121 - Shall dull suspense corrupt the stagnant mind ? Must helpless man, in ignorance sedate, Roll darkling down the torrent of his fate ? Shall no dislike alarm, no wishes rise, No cries attempt the mercy of the skies ? Enthusiast, cease ; petitions yet remain, Which Heav'n may hear, nor deem Religion vain. 2 In this poem one of the instances mentioned of unfortunate learned men is
Stran 164 - my Lord, one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water, and, when he has reached ground, encumbers him with help ? The notice which you have been pleased to take of my labours, had it been early, had been kind; but it has been delayed till I am indifferent, and cannot enjoy it; till I am solitary, and cannot impart it
Stran 322 - short a way to the left. Burke is the only man whose common conversation corresponds with the general fame which he has in the world. Take up whatever topick you please, he is ready to meet you."' 'A gentleman, by no means deficient in literature, having discovered less acquaintance with one of the Classicks
Stran 454 - I declare, Sir, upon my honour, I did imagine I was vexed, and took a pride in it; but it was, perhaps, cant; for I own I neither ate less, nor slept less.' JOHNSON. 'My dear friend, clear your mind of cant. You may talk as other people do : you may say to a man,
Stran 395 - Though now his eightieth year was nigh. Then, with no throbs of fiery pain, No cold gradations of decay, Death broke at once the vital chain, And freed his soul the nearest way.' In one of Johnson's registers of this year, there occurs the following curious passage :—'Jan. 20. The Ministry is dissolved. I prayed with Francis and gave thanks