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Página 14 - In the first place, as he is the father of English poetry, so I hold him in the same degree of veneration as the Grecians held Homer, or the Romans Virgil. He is a perpetual fountain of good sense ; learned in all sciences ; and therefore speaks properly on all subjects.
Página 3 - Sire, further to observe, that whoever has already dared, or shall hereafter endeavour by false insinuations and suggestions to alienate your Majesty's affections from your loyal subjects in general, and from the city of London in particular...
Página 1 - ... tooth: and though I wantonly exposed myself to the rage of both civil and religious factions, they seemed to be disarmed in my behalf of their wonted fury. My friends never had occasion to vindicate any one circumstance of my character and conduct: not but that the zealots, we may well suppose, would have been glad to invent and propagate any story to my disadvantage, but they could never find any which they thought would wear the face of probability.
Página 13 - Let us, at least, make one effort, and, if we must fall, let us fall like men ! My lords, ill as I am, yet as long as I can crawl down to this house, and have strength to raise myself on my crutches, or lift my hand, I will vote against giving up the dependency of America on the sovereignty of Great Britain, and, if no other lord is of opinion with me, I will singly protest against the measure.
Página 17 - In this performance he shews by a variety of examples, that a curve is the line of beauty, and that round swelling figures are most pleasing to the eye ; and the truth of his opinion has been countenanced by subsequent writers on the subject.
Página 7 - This piece was received with greater applause than was ever known. Besides being acted in London sixtythree days without interruption, and renewed the next season with equal applause, it spread into all the great towns of England; was played in many places to the thirtieth and fortieth time ; at Bath and Bristol fifty, &c.
Página 12 - As the soldiers were carrying him slowly along, he made them turn him round frequently to view the field of battle, and to listen to the firing, and was well pleased when the sound grew fainter.
Página 12 - No distractions of mind, no foreboding terrors of conscience agitated this attractive scene. His chamber was " privileged beyond the common walks of virtuous life — quite in the verge of heaven" — and he expired like a wave scarcely curling to the evening zephyr of an unclouded summer sky, and gently rippling to the shore.