Recollections

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Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts, 1859 - 229 pages
Mainly records of conversations and opinions of people he met, taken from his note books.
 

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Page 15 - spur that the clear spirit doth raise (That last infirmity of noble mind) To scorn delights, and live laborious days; But the fair guerdon when we hope to find, And think to burst out into sudden blaze, Comes the blind Fury with the abhorred shears, And slits the thin-spun life.
Page 11 - Cato, give his little Senate laws, And sit attentive to his own applause; While Wits and Templars ev'ry sentence raise, And wonder with a foolish face of praise— Who but must laugh, if such a man there be ? Who would not weep, if ATTICUS were he ?
Page 11 - 8 Willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike, Just hint a fault, and hesitate dislike; Alike reserved to blame or to commend, A tim'rous foe, and a suspicious friend; Dreading ev'n Fools, by Flatterers besieged, And so obliging that he ne'er obliged;
Page 48 - And oft, beneath the od'rous shade Of Chili's boundless forests laid, She deigns to hear the savage youth repeat In loose numbers wildly sweet Their feather-cinctured chiefs, and dusky loves. Her track, where'er the Goddess roves, Glory pursue, and generous Shame, Th' unconquerable Mind, and Freedom's holy flame.
Page 183 - O eloquent, just, and mighty Death ! whom none could advise, thou hast persuaded, what none have dared, thou hast done; and whom all the world hath flattered, thou only hast cast out of the world and despised: thou hast drawn together all the far-stretched greatness, all the pride, cruelty, and ambition of man, and covered it all over with these two narrow words, Hie
Page 11 - Alike reserved to blame or to commend, A tim'rous foe, and a suspicious friend; Dreading ev'n Fools, by Flatterers besieged, And so obliging that he ne'er obliged; I/ike Cato, give his little Senate laws, And sit attentive to his own applause; While Wits and Templars
Page 107 - 1766, in the debate on the Address to the throne; the sentence, part of which Mr. Grattan quoted, is thus reported : " The Gentleman tells us America is obstinate—America is almost in open rebellion. I rejoice that America has resisted. Three millions of people so dead to all feelings of liberty as voluntarily to submit to be slaves would have been fit instruments to make slaves of the
Page 23 - from Heaven Consum'd with nimble glance, and grateful steam ; The other's not, for his was not sincere ; Whereat he inly rag'd, and, as they talk'd, Smote him into the midriff with a stone That beat out life,
Page 17 - My days have been so wond'rous free, The little birds, that fly With careless ease from tree to tree, Were but as bless'd as I. Ask gliding waters, if a tear Of mine increas'd their stream ? Or ask the flying gales, if e'er I lent one sigh to them
Page 49 - 2 O fortunatos nimium, sua si bona norint, Agricolas, quibus ipsa, procul discordibus armis, Fundit humo facilem victum justissima tellus! Si non ingentem foribus domus alta superbis Mane salutantum totis vomit aedibus undam; Nee varios inhiant pulchra testudine

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