Moonshine [by E.M. Potts]. [With] To my grandchildren [and] Extracts, Band 2


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Seite 266 - On the contrary, a spacious horizon is an image of liberty, where the eye has room to range abroad, to expatiate at large on the immensity of its views, and to lose itself amidst the variety of objects that offer themselves to its observation. Such wide and undetermined prospects are as pleasing to the fancy as the speculations of eternity or infinitude are to the understanding.
Seite 266 - The mind of man naturally hates every thing that looks like a restraint upon it, and is apt to fancy itself under a sort of confinement, when the sight is pent up in a narrow compass, and shortened on every side by the neighborhood of walls or mountains.
Seite 262 - And angling, too, that solitary vice, Whatever Izaak Walton sings or says: The quaint, old, cruel coxcomb, in his gullet Should have a hook, and a small trout to pull it.
Seite 266 - We are indeed so often conversant with one set of objects, and tired out with so many repeated shows of the same things, that whatever is new or uncommon Contributes a little to vary human life, and to divert our minds for a while with the strangeness of its appearance. It serves us for a kind of refreshment, and takes off from that satiety we are apt to complain of, in our usual and ordinary entertainments.
Seite 77 - Edgehill, when the enemy was routed, he was like to have incurred great peril, by interposing to save those who had thrown away their arms, and against whom, it may be, others were more fierce for their having thrown them away : so that a man might think, he came into the field chiefly out of curiosity to see the face of danger, and charity to prevent the shedding of blood.
Seite 262 - This sentimental savage, whom it is a mode to quote (amongst the novelists) to show their sympathy for innocent sports and old songs, teaches how to sew up frogs, and break their legs by way of experiment, in addition to the art of angling, — the cruelest, the coldest, and the stupidest of pretended sports.
Seite 52 - Immodest words admit of no defence; For want of decency is want of sense.
Seite 262 - ... dish of fish ; he has no leisure to take his eyes from off the streams, and a single bite is worth to him more than all the scenery around. Besides, some fish bite best on a rainy day. The whale, the shark, and the tunny fishery have somewhat of noble and perilous in them ; even net fishing, trawling, &c. are more humane and useful. But angling! — No angler can be a good man.
Seite 262 - ... stupidest of pretended sports. They may talk about the beauties of nature, but the angler merely thinks of his dish of fish ; he has no leisure to> take his eyes from off the streams, and a single bite is worth to him more than all the scenery around.
Seite 252 - ... friars, who were extremely popular, and greatly affected preaching to the multitude from these kind of crosses: such was that of St. Paul's, of which we read so often in history.

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