The British Essayists: Observer

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C. and J. Rivington, 1823

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Seite 249 - up ? Not I; my soul Was never ground into such oily colours, To flatter vice and daub iniquity: But with an armed and resolved hand I'll strip the ragged follies of the time, Naked as at their birth— I fear no mood stamp in a private brow, When I am
Seite 341 - thyself.' Know others, ofttimes is the better maxim. A strong moral truth told with epigrammatic neatness strikes me in this pointed remark— Of all bad things, with which mankind are curst, Their own bad tempers surely are the worst. I could not pass over a short but touching apostrophe quoted from the comedy of The
Seite 99 - in the Trojan horse, had a leading share in the capture and destruction of that celebrated city. No chief like thee, Menestheus, Greece could yield, To marshal armies in the dusty field, Th' extended wings of battle to display, Or close th' embodied host in firm array; Nestor alone,
Seite 336 - rather be an ass than what I am, And see these villains lord it o'er their betters.' Another fragment presents itself of the same cast, but coloured a little nearer to the hue of comedy— All creatures are more blest in their condition, And in their natures worthier than man. Look at yon ass !—a sorry beast,
Seite 250 - lawyer's gripe, Were I dispos'd to say, They're all corrupt. I fear no courtier's frown, should I applaud The easy flexure of his supple hams. Tut! these are so innate and popular, That drunken custom would not shame to laugh In scorn at him,
Seite 249 - his tongue: Who can behold such prodigies as these, And have his lips seal'd up ? Not I; my soul Was never ground into such oily colours, To flatter vice and daub iniquity: But with an armed and resolved hand I'll strip the ragged follies of the time, Naked as at their birth—
Seite 335 - thou wilt be; dog, sheep, goat, man, or horse ; For live again thou must; it is thy fate : Chuse only in what form ; there thou art free—" So help me, Crato, I would fairly answer— Let me be all things, any thing but man !— He only of all creatures feels affliction : The generous horse is valued for his worth,
Seite 301 - for all work, and though the job were stabbing, Betraying, false accusing, only say Do this, and it is done ! I stick at nothing; They call me Thunder-bolt for my despatch ; Friend of my friends am I: Let actions speak me; I 'm much too modest to commend myself.
Seite 166 - Th' undaunted minstrel smites the strings, His strain thro' hell's vast concave rings : Cocytus hears the plaintive theme, And refluent turns his pitying stream; Three-headed Cerberus, by fate Posted at Pluto's iron gate, Low-crouching rolls his haggard eyes* Kcstatic, and foregoes his prize. With ears erect at hell's wide doors Lies
Seite 250 - knave, Straight I accost him, do him reverence, And saunt'ring up and down, with idle chat Hold him awhile in play! at every word, Which his wise worship utters, I stop short And bless myself for wonder; if he ventures On some vile joke, I blow it to the skies, And hold

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