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Página 224 - To have produced it, to have preserved it, to have matured it, constitute the immortal claim of England upon the esteem of mankind. Her Bacons and Shakespeares, her Miltons and Newtons, with all the truth which they have revealed, and all the generous virtue which they have inspired, are of inferior value when compared with the subjection of men and their rulers to the principles of justice, if, indeed it be not more true that these mighty spirits could not have been formed except under equal laws,...
Página 42 - In any age or country such a prince would be a prodigy. Perhaps there is no example of any man who so happily combined the magnanimous with the mild virtues, who joined so much energy in war with so remarkable a cultivation of the useful and beautiful arts of peace, and whose versatile faculties were so happily inserted in their due place and measure as to support and secure each other, aud give solidity and strength to the whole character.
Página 236 - I will keep these charters, as I am a man, as I am a Christian, as I am a knight, as I am a king crowned and anointed.
Página 83 - ... are Saxon. Of sixty-nine words which make up the Lord's Prayer, there are only five not Saxon ; the best example of the natural bent of our language, and of the words apt to be chosen by those who speak and write it without design. Of eighty-one words in the soliloquy of Hamlet, thirteen only are of Latin origin . Even in a passage of ninety words in Milton, whose diction is more learned than that of any other poet, there are only sixteen Latin words. In four verses of the authorized version...
Página 337 - Now, if it please God, I will help you to govern them better in future." "Fair cousin," replied the abject King, "since it pleaseth you, it pleaseth me mightily.
Página 137 - USURPER. 135 and inflicted on them unutterable tortures. Some they hanged up by the feet, and smoked with foul smoke ; some by the thumbs or by the beard, and hung coats of mail on their feet. They put them into dungeons with adders, and snakes, and toads. Many thousands they wore out with hunger.
Página 279 - aggrieved by the king's ministers against right, in respect to which " grievances no one can recover without a common parliament ; we do " ordain that the king shall hold a parliament once in the year, or twice
Página 240 - He thus unknowingly determined that England was to be a free country ; and he was the blind instrument of disclosing to the world that great institution of representation which was to introduce into popular governments a regularity and order...
Página 77 - Camden says, the ihanes were only dignified by the offices which they bore. Their origin is referred to Canute. (See Sword.) A freeman, not noble, was raised to the rank of a thane by acquiring a certain portion of land, by making three voyages at sea, or by receiving holy orders. (See the article Great...