An ænigmatical catalogue of books of merit. [With] Key

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Página 30 - He has visited all Europe, — not to survey the sumptuousness of palaces, or the stateliness of temples ; not to make accurate measurements of the remains of ancient grandeur, nor to form a scale of the curiosity of modern art ; not to collect medals, or collate manuscripts : — but to dive into the depths of dungeons; to plunge into the infection of hospitals ; to survey the mansions of sorrow and pain ; to take the...
Página 30 - ... temples; not to make accurate measurements of the remains of ancient grandeur, nor to form a scale of the curiosity of modern art; not to collect medals, or collate manuscripts:— but to dive into the depths of dungeons; to plunge into the infection of hospitals; to survey the mansions of sorrow and pain; to take the gauge and dimensions of misery, depression, and contempt; to remember the forgotten, to attend to the neglected, to visit the forsaken, and to compare and collate the distresses...
Página 3 - Holy Scriptures, and am of opinion that this " Volume, independently of its divine origin, contains more true sublimity, ' more exquisite beauty, more pure morality, more important history, and * finer strains both of Poetry and Eloquence, than can be' collected from * all other books, in whatever age or language they may have been composed.
Página 23 - The employment detached him from the bustle and hurry of life, the din of politics, and the noise of folly: vanity and vexation flew away for a season, care and disquietude came not near his dwelling. He...
Página 34 - ... though the whole plant was not larger than the top of one of my fingers, I could not contemplate the delicate conformation of its roots, leaves, and capsula, without admiration. Can that Being (thought I) who planted, watered, and brought to perfection, in this obscure part of the world, a thing which appears of so small importance, look with unconcern upon the situation and sufferings of creatures formed after his own image ? Surely not ! Reflections like these would not allow me to despair.
Página 8 - He appeared in countenance," says that friend, " to be of a stern and rough temper ; but in his conversation, mild and affable, not given to loquacity, or much discourse in company, unless some urgent occasion required it ; observing never to boast of himself, or his parts, but rather seem low in his own eyes, and submit himself to the judgment of others ; abhorring lying and swearing ; being just in all that lay in his power to his word ; not seeming to revenge injuries ; loving to reconcile differences,...
Página 23 - Happier hours than those which have been spent on these meditations on the Songs of Sion, he never expects to see in this world. Very pleasantly did they pass, and moved smoothly and swiftly along; for when thus engaged, he counted no time. They are gone, but have left a relish and a fragrance upon the mind, and the remembrance of them is sweet.
Página 30 - ... and to compare and collate the distresses of all men in all countries. His plan is original ; and it is as full of genius as it is of humanity. It was a voyage of discovery ; a circumnavigation of charity.
Página 42 - The hour is hasting, in which whatever praise or censure I have acquired will be remembered with equal indifference. Time, who is impatient to date my last paper, will shortly moulder the hand which is now writing it in the dust, and still the breast that now throbs at the reflection. But let not this be read as something that relates only to another ; for a few years only can divide the eye that is now reading from the hand that has written.
Página 10 - I have heard him relate, that his mother taught him the history of the Old and New Testament, before he could read, by the assistance of some Dutch Tiles in the chimney of the Room, where they commonly sat: And her wise and pious reflections upon the stories there represented, were the means of making some good impressions upon his heart, which never wore out : And therefore this method of instruction he frequently recommended to parents.

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