A Critical Examination of the Writings of Richard Cumberland: With an Occasional Literary Inquiry Into the Age in which He Lived, and the Contemporaries with Whom He Flourished. Also, Memoirs of His Life and an Appendix Containing Twenty-six of His Original Letters, Relating to a Transaction Not Mentioned in His Own Memoirs, Volumen1
Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, 1812
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Página 24 - Why has not Man a microscopic eye? For this plain reason, Man is not a Fly. Say what the use, were finer optics giv'n, T' inspect a mite, not comprehend the heav'n? Or touch, if tremblingly alive all o'er, To smart and agonize at ev'ry pore? Or quick effluvia darting thro' the brain, Die of a rose in aromatic pain?
Página 263 - THE Life of Dr. PARNELL is a task which I should very willingly decline, since it has been lately written by Goldsmith, a man of such variety of powers, and such felicity of performance, that he always seemed to do best that which he was doing ; a man who had the art of being minute without tediousness, and general without confusion ; whose language was copious without exuberance, exact without constraint, and easy without weakness.
Página 270 - Here Cumberland lies, having acted his parts, The Terence of England, the mender of hearts; A flattering painter, who made it his care To draw men as they ought to be, not as they are.
Página 271 - Adopting his portraits, are pleas'd with their own. Say, where has our poet this malady caught, Or, wherefore his characters thus without fault? Say, was it that vainly directing his view To find out men's virtues, and finding them few, Quite sick of pursuing each troublesome elf, He grew lazy at last, and drew from himself?
Página 241 - Sir, I did not count your glasses of wine, why should you number up my cups of tea?' And then laughing, in perfect good-humour he added, ' Sir, I should have released the lady from any further trouble if it had not been for your remark ; but you have reminded me that I want one of the dozen, and I must request Mrs. Cumberland to round up my number.
Página 25 - How would he wish that heav'n had left him still The whisp'ring Zephyr, and the purling rill? Who finds not Providence all good and wise, Alike in what it gives, and what denies...
Página 265 - It was upon a proposal started by Edmund Burke, that a party of friends, who had dined together at Sir Joshua Reynolds's, and my house, should meet at the St. James's Coffee-House, which accordingly took place, and was occasionally repeated with much festivity and good fellowship. Dr.
Página 268 - Dodsley, who paid down the price above-mentioned in ready money, and added an eventual condition upon its future sale. Johnson described the precautions he took in concealing the amount of the sum he had in hand, which he prudently administered to him by a guinea at a time. In the event he paid off the landlady's score, and redeemed the person of his friend from her embraces.
Página 264 - ... and attention from the performers and the public, that the applauding voice of him, whose applause was fame itself, could give it. This comedy has enough to justify the good opinion of its literary patron, and secure its author against any loss of reputation ; for it has the stamp of a man of talents upon it, though its popularity with the audience did not quite keep pace with the expectations that were grounded on the fiat it had antecedently been honoured with.
Página 214 - I NEVER do pardon mistakes by haste. THE SPECTATOR. « SIR, Feb. 27, 1711-12. ' PRAY be so kind as to let me know what you esteem to be the chief qualification of a good poet, especially of one who writes plays; and you will very much oblige, SIR, Your very humble servant, NB