The Trifler: A New Periodical Miscellany, Issues 1-43

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Page 220 - This man, who never besieged a town which he did not take, nor fought a battle which he did not gain, was at St.
Page 49 - If there be any thing which makes human nature appear ridiculous to beings of superior faculties, it must be pride. They know so well the vanity of...
Page 23 - Angels and ministers of grace defend us! Be thou a spirit of health, or goblin damn'd; Bring with thee airs from heav'n, or blasts from hell; Be thy intents wicked or charitable; Thou com'st in such a questionable shape, That I will speak to thee. I'll call thee Hamlet, King, Father, Royal Dane: Oh! answer me, Let me not burst in ignorance; but tell Why thy canonized bones, hearsed in death, Have burst their cerements?
Page 52 - ... than even the merchant himself. For he will certainly find, when a decay of trade has carried away one part of our money out of the kingdom, and the other is kept in the...
Page 536 - Ten cenfure wrong, for one who writes amifs ; A fool might once himfelf alone expofe, Now one in verfe makes many more in profe.
Page 234 - This story was intended (at a time when the press overflows with the productions of female pens) ... to admonish them, that . . . because a few have gained applause by studying the dead languages, all womankind should [not] assume their Dictionaries and Lexicons; else ... (as the Ladies made rapid advances towards manhood) we might in a few years behold a sweepstakes rode by women, or a second battle at Odiham, fought with superior skill, by Mesdames Humphries and Mendoza."22 The prediction that...
Page 28 - Tell me, will you still go about and ask one another, what news?' What can be more astonishing news than this, that the man of Macedon makes war upon the Athenians, and disposes of the affairs of Greece? Is Philip dead? No, but he is sick. What signifies it to you whether he be dead or alive ? For, if any thing happens to this Philip, you will immediately raise up another.
Page 227 - Author, form a perfect edition, or compile a Lexicon ; yet when we learn that it is the work of a Lady, however highly we may prize her productions, we...
Page 151 - The ftage might be made a perpetual fource of the moft noble and ufeful entertainments, were it under proper regulations. But the mind never unbends itfelf fo agreeably as in the converfation of a well-chofen friend. There is indeed no bleffing of life that is any way comparable -to the enjoyment of a difcreet and virtuous friend.
Page 111 - What unnatural motions and counter-ferments muft fuch a medley of intemperance produce in the body ? For my part, when I behold a fafhionable table fet out in . all its magnificence, I fancy, that I fee gouts and dropfies, fevers and lethargies, with other innumerable diftempers, lying in ambufcade among the difties.

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