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gallant men, in a nation of men of honor and of cavaliers. I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone.
Speech at Bristol on declining the Poll. 1780. The worthy gentleman who has been snatched from us at the moment of the election, and in the middle of the contest, whilst his desires were as warm, and his hopes as eager as ours, has feelingly told us what shadows we are, what shadows we pursue.
SIR JAMES MACKINTOSH.
1765-1832. Vindiciae Gallicae. (April, 1791.) The commons, faithful to their system, remained in a wise and masterly inactivity.*
Letter to the Addressers. And the final event to himself (Mr. Burke) has been that, as he rose like a rocket, he fell like the stick.
* This expression is generally attributed to John Randolph. It is found in his speeches. 1828.
The Crisis. No. 1.
Age of Reason. Part ii. ad fin. (note). The sublime and the ridiculous are so often so nearly related, that it is difficult to class them separately. One step above the sublime makes the ridiculous, and one step above the ridiculous makes the sublime again. *
DON JOSEPH PALAFOX.
At the Siege of Saragosa. War to the knife.
THOMAS B. MACAULAY.
Edinburgh Review, Oct., 1840, on Ranke's History of
the Popes. She (the Roman Catholic Church) may still exist in undiminished vigor, when some traveller from New Zealand shall, in the midst of a vast solitude, take his stand on a broken arch of London Bridge to sketch the ruins of St. Paul's.t
* Probably the original of Napoleon's celebrated mot, “Du sublime au ridicule il n'y a qu’un pas.”
† For this figure, Mr. Macaulay is indebted to Kirke White, and more particularly to Shelley, in the Dedication to Peter Bell the Third.
From Apophthegms, etc., first gathered and compiled in
Latin, by Erasmus, and now translated into English by Nicholas Vdall. 8vo. 1542. Fol. 239.
That same man, that rennith awaie,
From the Musarum Delicia, compiled by Sir John
Mennis and Dr. James Smith. 1640.
RICHARD GRAFTON. Abridgement of the Chronicles
of Englande. .1570. 8vo. “ A rule to knowe how many dayes euery moneth in the
The Return from Parnassus. 4to. London. 1606.
Thirty days hath September,
* See Butler's Hudibras, ante, p. 135.
Unless that leap year doth combine,
BISHOP STILL, (JOHN).
A Songe. (Gammer Gurton's Needle.) Act ii.
I cannot eat but little meat,
My stomach is not good ;
With any that wears a hood.
Back and side go bare, go bare,
Whether it be new or old.
Old Tarlton's Song.
FROM THE PIGGES CORANTOE, 1642. The King of France, with forty thousand men Went up a hill, and so came down again.
Ye gentlemen of England
That live at home at ease,
upon The dangers of the seas.
Lines used by John Ball, to encourage the Rebels in Wat
Tyler's Rebellion. Hume's History of England, Vol. I.
When Adam dolve, and Eve span,
From the Garland, a Collection of Poems, 1721, by Mr.
Br-st, author of a Copy of Verses called “The British Beauties.”
Praise undeserved is Satire in disguise. *
From Ovid's Metamorphosis, translated by several hands
and published by Samuel Garth. 2 vols. 12mo. 1751.
Vol 2. Book vii. Line 20.
[Published in the early part of the reign of George I.]
* This line is quoted by Pope, in the 1st Epistle of Horace,
“Praise undeserved is Scandal in disguise.”