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Page 325 - The times have been That, when the brains were out, the man would die, And there an end ; but now they rise again, With twenty mortal murders on their crowns, And push us from our stools.
Page 56 - Having now acquired the art of walking without tottering, and learned to make a bow, I boldly ventured to obey the baronet's invitation to a family dinner, not doubting but my new acquirements would enable me to see the ladies with tolerable intrepidity : but, alas ! how vain are all the hopes of theory...
Page 313 - ... inscribe this work to a Statesman who, in a long, a stormy, and at length an unfortunate administration, had many political opponents, almost without a personal enemy ; who has retained, in his fall from power, many faithful and disinterested friends ; and who, under the pressure of severe infirmity, enjoys the lively vigour of his mind, and the felicity of his incomparable temper.
Page 56 - The cheerfulness of her ladyship, and the familiar chat of the young ladies, insensibly led me to throw off' my reserve and sheepishness, till at length I ventured to join in conversation, and even to start fresh subjects. The library being richly furnished with books in elegant bindings, I conceived Sir Thomas to be a man of literature, and ventured to give my opinion concerning the several editions of the Greek classics, in which the baronet's opinion exactly coincided with my own.
Page 57 - To relieve me from the intolerable state of perspiration, which this accident had caused, without considering what I did, I wiped my face with that ill-fated handkerchief, which was still wet from the consequences of the fall of Xenophon, and covered all my features with streaks of ink in every direction.
Page 163 - ... must have been collected from the destruction of an earth which does not now appear. Consequently, in this true statement of the case, there is necessarily required the destruction of an animal and vegetable earth prior to the former land; and the materials of that earth which is first in our account, must have been collected at the bottom of the ocean, and begun to be concocted for the production of the present earth, when the land immediately preceding the present had arrived at its full extent.
Page 35 - Hope, he pufhed forwards into unknown feas, and penetrated through innu, merable mountains and iflands of ice in the fearch of a fouthern continent. It was like launching into chaos; all was obfcurity, all...
Page 87 - Nothing is more pleasing to a traveller than the sensation of continually getting forward: whereas the riding a horse of a contrary make, is like swarming the bannisters of a staircase, when, though perhaps, you really advance, you feel as if you were going backwards. Let him carry his head low, that he may have an eye to the ground, and see the better where he steps.
Page 363 - Sometime after, the Romans were alarmed by the intelligence that the commanders of their forces in Spain, ' Publius and Cneus Scipio, had been flaughtered ; and immediately young Scipio was appointed to avenge the death of his father, and of his uncle, and to vindicate the military honour of the republic. It was foon known how able he was to be at the head of an army; the various nations of Spain were conquered ; and in four years the...