The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: Comprehending an Account of His Studies and Numerous Works, in Chronological Order; a Series of His Epistolatory Correspondence and Conversations with Many Eminent Persons; and Various Original Pieces of His Composition, Never Before Published: the Whole Exhibiting a View of Literature and Literary Men in Great-Britain, for Near Half a Century During which He Flourished, Volume 1
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... learning , was an excellent Biographer . His contributions to my Collection are
highly estimable ; and as he had a true relish of my “ Tour to the Hebrides , ” I
trust I should now have been gratified with a larger share of his kind approbation .
... with more advantages ; independent of literary abilities , in which I am not vain
enough to compare myself with some great names who have gone before me in
this kind of writing Since my work was announced , several Lives and Memoirs of
If a life be delayed till interest and envy are at an end , we may hope for
impartiality , but must expect little intelligence ; for the incidents which give
excellence to biography are of a volatile and evanescent kind , such as soon
escape the ...
She ceas'd ; then godlike Hector answer'd kind , ( His various plumage sporting
in the wind ) ╬hat post , and all the rest , shall be my care ; But shall I , then ,
forsake the unfinished war ? How would the Trojans brand great Hector's name !
So the young Author , panting after fame , And the long honours of a lasting name
, Entrusts his happiness to human kind , More false , more cruel , than the seas or
wind , “ Toil on , dull croud , in extacies he cries , For wealth or title , perishable ...
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