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Page 18 - The passing through the gloom from the grotto to the opening day, the retiring and again assembling shades, the dusky groves, the larger lawn, and the solemnity of the termination at the cypresses that lead up to his mother's tomb, are managed with exquisite judgment ; and though Lord Peterborough assisted him " To form his quincunx, and to rank his vines...
Page 124 - I knew a very wise man so much of Sir Chr — 's sentiment, that he believed if a man were permitted to make all the ballads, he need not care who should make the laws of a nation.
Page 54 - Asiaticks, which are reposited in our publick libraries, were printed with the usual advantage of notes and illustrations, and if the languages of the Eastern nations were studied in our great seminaries of learning, where every other branch of useful knowledge is taught to perfection, a new and ample field would be opened for speculation; we should have a more extensive insight into the history of the human mind ; we should be furnished with a new set of images and similitudes; and a number of excellent...
Page 90 - As to the future grandeur of America, and its being a rising empire under one head, whether republican or monarchical, it is one of the idlest and most visionary notions that ever was conceived even by writers of romance.
Page 68 - England, and at present of all the world. I hope you are acquainted enough with the English tongue to be sensible of all the charms of his works. For my part I look...
Page 98 - Tire little nightingale. His manners were ' delicate, eafy, and engaging : and he treated his friends with a politenefs that charmed, and a generofity that was much to his honour. Every gueft was made happy within his doors. Pleafure dwelt under his roof, and t Elegance Elegance prefided at his table.
Page 42 - That man has a malignant and ungenerous heart ; and he is base enough to assume the mask of a moralist, in order to decry human nature, and to give a decent vent to his hatred of man and woman kind.
Page 99 - My head and heart thus flowing thro' my quill, Verse-man or prose-man, term me which you will, Papist or Protestant, or both between, Like good Erasmus in an honest mean, In moderation placing all my glory, While Tories call me Whig, and Whigs a Tory.