The Conquest of Canada, Volume 2

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R. Bentley, 1849 - Canada
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The author traces the history of New France from 1534 until 1760.

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Page 421 - Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain. Beyond this flood a frozen continent Lies, dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms Of whirlwind and dire hail ; which on firm land Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems Of ancient pile ; all else deep snow and ice...
Page 401 - With his surcease success ; that but this blow Might be the be-all and the end-all here, But here, upon this bank and shoal of time, We'd jump the life to come. But in these cases We still have judgment here ; that we but teach Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return To plague the inventor : This even-handed justice Commends the ingredients of our poison'd chalice To our own lips.
Page 350 - The horror of the night, the precipice scaled by Wolfe, the empire he with a handful of men added to England, and the glorious catastrophe of contentedly terminating life where his fame began Ancient story may be ransacked, and ostentatious philosophy thrown into the account, before an episode can be found to rank with Wolfe's.
Page 449 - The varieties of man seem to act on each other in the same way as different species of animals — the stronger always extirpating the weaker.
Page 395 - Such is my fate, that the twenty years of service through which I have passed with so much toil and danger have profited me nothing, and at this very day I do not possess a roof in Spain that I can call my own; if I wish to eat or sleep, I have nowhere to go but to the inn or tavern, and most times lack wherewith to pay the bill.
Page 418 - Bay, including all the territory to the westward and southward of the said line, to the utmost extent of the country commonly called or known by the name of Canada...
Page 342 - Wrapping a handkerchief round the wound, he hastened from one rank to another exhorting the men to be steady and to reserve their fire. No English soldier pulled a trigger : with matchless endurance they sustained the trial. Not a company wavered : their arms shouldered as if on parade, and motionless, save when they closed up the ghastly gaps, they waited the word of command. When the head of the French attack had reached within forty yards, Wolfe gave the order to fire.
Page 43 - Paris ; amounting in all to sixteen or seventeen thousand pounds a year ? Was it his birth ? No, a Dutch gentleman only. Was it his estate ? No, he had none. Was it his learning, his parts, his political abilities and application ? You can answer these questions as easily, and as soon, as I can ask them. What was it then ? Many people wondered, but I do not ; for I know, and will tell you. It was his air, his address, his manners, and his graces.
Page 421 - A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog Betwixt Damiata and mount Casius old, Where armies whole have sunk : the parching air Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
Page 383 - Know that this theory is false, his bark The daring mariner shall urge far o'er The Western wave, a smooth and level plain, Albeit the earth is fashion'd like a wheel. Man was in ancient days of grosser mould, And Hercules might blush to learn how far Beyond the limits he had vainly set, The dullest seaboat soon shall wing her way. Men shall descry another hemisphere...

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