Lives of Men of Letters of the Time of George III.

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Griffin, Bohn and Company, 1856 - 438 strani
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Stran 311 - 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
Stran 360 - elegance which we shall in vain seek in Johnson's earlier writings. "Perhaps no nation ever produced a writer that united his language with such a variety of models. To him we owe the improvement, perhaps the completion of our metre, the refinement of our language, and much of the correctness of our sentiments. By him we were taught
Stran 345 - having danced the round of gaiety amidst the murmurs of envy and the gratulations of applause; attended from pleasure to pleasure by the great, the sprightly, and the vain; their regard solicited by the obsequiousness of gallantry, the gaiety of wit, and the timidity of love;
Stran 311 - This Traveller has consulted his senses and not his imagination. He meets with no basilisks that destroy with their eyes; his crocodiles devour their prey without tears; and his cataracts fall from the rocks without deafening the neighbouring inhabitants. The reader will
Stran 264 - his eye along the dusky horizon. Suddenly, about ten o'clock, he thought he beheld a light glimmering at a distance." Can any one doubt which of the two passages is the most striking—the chaste and severe, or the ornamented and gaudy and meretricious ? The account of
Stran 403 - seemed to feel and to envy the happiness of my situation, while I admired the powers of a superior man, as they are blended in his attractive character with the softness and simplicity of a child. Perhaps no human being was ever more perfectly exempt from the taint of malevolence, vanity, or falsehood."* This sketch, which adorns the ' Life,
Stran 216 - all bodily accomplishments, vigour of limbs, Dignity of shap and air, and a pleasant, engaging, and open countenance. Fortune, alone, by throwing him into that barbarous age, deprived him of historians worthy to transmit his Fame to Posterity: and we wish to see him
Stran 171 - not only," he says, " I passed this period of time agreeably and in good company, but my appointments with frugality had made me reach a fortune which I called independent, though most of my friends were incited to smile when I said so; in short,
Stran 216 - their ornaments. The crosses, the relicts, the images, the statues of the saints were laid on the ground, and as if the air itself were profan'd and might pollute them by its contact, the priests carefully cover'd them up, even from their own approach and veneration. The use of bells entirely ceas'd in all the churches. The bells themselves were removd
Stran 389 - convents, bosomed deep in vines, Where slumber Abbots purple as their wines; To isles of fragrance, lily-silvered vales, Diffusing languor on the panting gales; To lands of singing or of dancing slaves—

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