Keeper's travels in search of his master

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Printed for J. Harris, at the corner of St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1812 - 174 páginas
 

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Página 39 - As human nature's broadest, foulest blot, Chains him, and tasks him, and exacts his sweat With stripes, that Mercy with a bleeding heart Weeps, when she sees inflicted on a beast: Then what is man ? And what man, seeing this, And having human feelings, does not blush, And hang his head, to think himself a man...
Página 26 - The sum is this. If man's convenience, health, Or safety, interfere, his rights and claims Are paramount, and must extinguish theirs. Else they are all — the meanest things that are, As free to live, and to enjoy that life, As God was free to form them at the first, Who in his sovereign wisdom made them all.
Página 61 - They certainly are," said the magistrate, "and in this particular, the mastiff surpasses all the rest of the species, perhaps. He has so much temperance and judgment, that in performing the duty of a watch-dog, he will permit a stranger to come into the yard, or place which he is appointed to guard; and will go peaceably along with him through every part of it, so long as he touches nothing: but the moment he attempts to meddle with any of the goods, or endeavours to leave the place he informs him,...
Página 140 - Ne let mischievous witches with their charms, Ne let hob-goblins, names whose sense we see not, Fray us with things that be not...
Página 68 - Thus liv'd the master good, the servant true, 'Till to its God the master's spirit flew. Beside a fount, which daily water gave, Stooping to drink, the hermit found a grave. All in the running stream his garments spread; And dark damp verdure ill conceal'd his head. The faithful servant, from that fatal day, Watch'd the lov'd course, and hourly pin'd away; His head upon his master's cheek was found; While the obstructed water mourn'd around!
Página 66 - Hermit's his vest, a hermit's was his food. Nich'd in some corner of the gelid cave, Where chilling drops the rugged rock-stone lave; Hour after hour, the melancholy sage, Drop after drop to reckon, would engage The ling'ring day: and, trickling as they fell, A tear went with them to the narrow well, Then, thus he moraliz'd, as slow it pass'd: "This brings me nearer Lucia than the last! And this, now streaming from the eye...
Página 68 - Whate'er in morn or moon-light course he caught; But the sage lent his sympathy to all, Nor saw unwept his dumb associates fall : He was, in sooth, the gentlest of his kind, And, though a hermit, had a social mind.
Página 13 - Such temptations to the exercise of power, are seldom neglected by the low and ignorant; and there are these in every rank of life. Those who have neither wit nor knowledge, do mischief that they may be thought capable of doing something; and those to whom no respect is paid, because none is due, love to insult, that they may fancy themselves mighty. He had scarcely gone twenty feet into Tetbury, when a rabble of idle children began to hoot the forlorn stranger.
Página 173 - If it has given pleasure, to a tearful, or a smiling countenance, the dog has not journeyed, nor the historian written, in vain: and if, in the contemplation of the morality occasionally inculcated, it shall be observed that, the whole narrative exhibits a series of misfortunes that were incurred by one single act of negligence: if it stamp on the memory of any reader this important lesson: one error, one dereliction from the path of right; one moment's inattention to, or abandonment of virtue, though...
Página 56 - WAS NOW so far recovered, that his life was no longer in danger; nor was there any reason to doubt his soon having the full use of the leg that had been injured: but he had not yet obtained strength sufficient to attempt the escape from his present abode which he certainly meditated. Kindly as he was used, and it was impossible he could receive more kindness any where, he had not forgot the master who had formerly cherished him, and whom he had lost through his own negligence and inattention. He...

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