Conversations on English Grammar: Explaining the Principles and Rules of the Language : Illustrated by Appropriate Exercises : Abridged, and Adapted to the Use of Schools
Published and sold by Uriah Hunt, 1825 - English language - 288 pages
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action active adjective adverbs agree appear applied auxiliary begin belongs better called Caroline common compound conjunction connected considered construction Conversation correct denotes derived English examples EXERCISES explain expressed former frequently future gender George give governed Grammar happy idea imperfect improve indicative indicative mood infinitive mood instances kind king language latter learned loved manner means mind nature neuter never nominative noun objective observe parse participle particular passive past perceive perfect person phrase plural possessive preceding preposition present principles pronoun proper question reason refers relation relative REMARKS require respect rule seen sense sentence signifies simple singular sometimes speak speech subjunctive substantive teach tense thing third person thou tion tive Tutor understand understood verb virtue walk wise words write written
Page 278 - The only point where human bliss stands still, And tastes the good without the fall to ill ; Where only merit...
Page 159 - Two principles in human nature reign; Self-love, to urge, and reason, to restrain; Nor this a good, nor that a bad we call, Each works its end, to move or govern all: And to their proper operation still Ascribe all good; to their improper, ill.
Page 159 - All Nature is but art, unknown to thee All chance, direction, which thou canst not see; All discord, harmony not understood; All partial evil, universal good: And, spite of pride, in erring reason's spite, One truth is clear, Whatever is, is right.
Page 157 - Know, all the good that individuals find, Or God and nature meant to mere mankind, Reason's whole pleasure, ^all the joys of sense, Lie in three words, health, peace, and competence.
Page 237 - All the virtues of mankind are to be counted upon a few fingers, but his follies and vices are innumerable.
Page 159 - Self-love, the spring of motion, acts the soul ; Reason's comparing balance rules the whole. Man, but for that, no action could attend, And but for this, were active to no end : Fixed like a plant on his peculiar spot, To draw nutrition, propagate, and rot ; Or, meteorlike, flame lawless thro' the void, Destroying others, by himself destroyed.
Page 160 - And each vacuity of sense by Pride : These build as fast as Knowledge can destroy; In folly's cup still laughs the bubble joy; One prospect lost, another still we gain, And not a vanity is given in vain: Even mean self-love becomes, by force divine, The scale to measure others
Page 226 - Angels, which are spirits immaterial and intellectual, the glorious inhabitants of those sacred palaces, where nothing but light and blessed immortality, no shadow of matter for tears, discontentments, griefs, and uncomfortable passions to work upon, but all joy, tranquillity, and peace, even for ever and ever doth dwell...
Page 158 - The struggling pangs of conscious truth to hide, To quench the blushes of ingenuous shame, Or heap the shrine of luxury and pride With incense kindled at the Muse's flame.
Page 21 - Monosyllables, and words accented on the last syllable, ending with a single consonant preceded by a single vowel, double that consonant, when they take another syllable beginning with a vowel: as, wit, witty; thin, thinnish ; to abet, an abettor ; to begin, a beginner.