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Página xxi - His studies had been so various, that I am not able to name a man of equal knowledge. His acquaintance with books was great, and what he did not immediately know, he could, at least, tell where to find.
Página 192 - And, with a sly insinuating grace, Laugh'd at his friend, and look'd him in the face: Would raise a blush, where secret vice he found ; And tickle, while he gently prob'd the wound. With seeming innocence the crowd beguil'd ; But made the desperate passes, when he smil'd.
Página xxi - Of Gilbert Walmsley, thus presented to my mind, let me indulge myself in the remembrance. I knew him very early; he was one of the first friends that literature procured me, and I hope that at least my gratitude made me worthy of his notice. He was of an advanced age, and I was only not a boy; yet he never received my notions with contempt.
Página xxi - He was of an advanced age, and I was only not a boy; yet he never received my notions with contempt. He was a Whig, with all the virulence and malevolence of his party; yet difference of opinion did not keep us apart. I honoured him, and he endured me.
Página 106 - To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, Creeps in this petty space from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time, And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusky death.
Página 1 - Sworn to no master, of no sect am I ; As drives the storm, at any door I knock, And house with MONTAIGNE now, and now with LOCKE.
Página 7 - Lest you should think that verse shall die, Which sounds the silver Thames along, Taught on the wings of truth, to fly Above the reach of vulgar song; Though daring Milton sits sublime, In Spencer native Muses play; Nor yet shall Waller yield to time, Nor pensive Cowley's moral lay. Sages and chiefs long since had birth Ere Caesar was, or Newton...
Página 35 - ... sensitively alive to censure than to praise. The merit of a book is to some men but a cause for its author being attacked > every effect of opposition and every artifice of cunning is used by his enemies to decrease the estimation of that man, whose excellence has rendered him worthy -of their envy, and every principle of false criticism is employed, to censure that work which cannot be rivalled. He who hopes by his labours to transmit his name to posterity, must expect the commendation of the...
Página 37 - ... his labours to transmit his name to posterity, must expect the commendation of the literary world to bear no proportion to its censure. It may be doubted whether if Milton had been able to foresee with what obstinacy of argument, and perseverance of repetition, even by those who professed to honor him, he would have been branded with the titles of a promoter of rebellion and an abettor of sedition, he would have thought these reproaches sufficiently compensated for by a crown of Parnassian laurels;...
Página 32 - Christubel records his own luspence of animation, and appeals to the good-nature of the public. He has found that the profession (if we may so express it) of a gentleman author, like all others, when tried, fails to yield that satisfaction, or that happiness which it promises. Those who pursue it find unexpected obstacles present themselves...