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Page 323 - The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power, And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave, Await alike th' inevitable hour ; The paths of glory lead but to the grave.
Page 285 - I do, his private character, I wished to make him the happy instrument of alleviating the horrors of hopeless captivity, when the brave are overpowered and made prisoners of war. It was perhaps, fortunate for you, Madam, that he was from home, for it was my intention to have taken him on board the Ranger, and to have detained him until, through his means, a general and fair exchange of prisoners, as well in Europe as in America, had been effected.
Page 85 - Nor knowing us nor known; and if by prayer Incessant I could hope to change the will Of Him who all things can, I would not cease To weary Him with my assiduous cries. But prayer against His absolute decree No more avails than breath against the wind, Blown stifling back on him that breathes it forth: Therefore to His great bidding I submit.
Page 10 - But we may perceive the mixed kind of fables, as well in many other particulars, as when they relate that Discord, at a banquet of the gods, threw a golden apple, and that a dispute about it arising among the goddesses, they were sent by Jupiter to take the judgment of Paris, who, charmed with the beauty of Venus, gave her the apple in preference to the rest.
Page 286 - Though I have drawn my sword in the present generous struggle for the rights of men, yet I am not in arms as an American, nor am I in pursuit of riches.
Page 357 - ... of wood, and water, and buildings, leaves not one trace in the memory; historical painting is perpetually false in a variety of ways, in the costume, the grouping, the portraits, and is nothing more than fabulous painting; but a real portrait is truth itself, and calls up so many collateral ideas as to fill an intelligent mind more than any other species.
Page 364 - I remember,) and courting the attornies' clerks for scraps. The extraordinary observance and diligence of the boy, made the society willing to do him good. He appeared very ambitious to learn to write ; and one of the attornies got a board knocked up at a window on the top of a staircase ; and that was his desk, where he sat and wrote after copies of court and other hands the clerks gave him.
Page 169 - ... more to establish with children, than that of their speaking truth ; and there is not any in which we succeed worse. And why? Because children readily see we have an interest in it. Their speaking truth is used by us as an engine of government—" Tell me, my dear child, when you have broken any thing, and I will not be angry with you."
Page 487 - Heart of Every Man and Woman in Great Britain, respecting the Threatened French Invasion and the Importance of immediately coming forward with Voluntary Contributions. London, 1798.
Page 261 - Esq. was digging a well near his house. At the depth of twentyfive or thirty feet from the surface of the earth, the labourers threw out with their shovels something which they suspected to be ground-nuts, or stones covered with earth. Upon examining these appearances, they were found to be frogs, to which the earth every where adhered. The examination was then made of the earth, in the well where they were digging ; a large number of frogs were found covered with the earth, and so numerous that...