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Pagina 58 - YE who listen with credulity to the whispers of fancy, and pursue with eagerness the phantoms of hope; who expect that age will perform the promises of youth, and that the deficiencies of the present day will be supplied by the morrow ; attend to the history of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia.
Pagina 27 - Tis done — but yesterday a King ! And arm'd with Kings to strive — And now thou art a nameless thing : So abject — yet alive ! Is this the man of thousand thrones, Who strew'd our earth with hostile bones, And can he thus survive ? — Since he, miscall'd the Morning Star, Nor man nor fiend hath fallen so far.
Pagina 201 - I'm going out immediately ; and can't see any stranger ; you know whom I'm always at home to ; don't let anybody in that you don't know well ; mind !" You listen, with your hands uncomfortably stretched towards the back of your neck, in the suspended action of fastening your stock ; and distinctly catch Tim's responsive " Yes, sir !" So, then, you are at home to somebody ; and Tim immediately announces Mr. Bluff, your oldest and best friend, who is ever welcome, and to whom you are at home at all...
Pagina 39 - But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists, and calculators, has succeeded ; and the glory of Europe is extinguished for ever.
Pagina 39 - Never, never more, shall we behold that generous loyalty to rank and sex, that proud submission, that dignified obedience, that subordination of the heart which kept alive, even in servitude itself, the spirit of an exalted freedom. The unbought grace of life, the cheap defence of nations, the nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise is gone.
Pagina 224 - Swells with her virtues' catalogue along; No cataplasm could lengthen out her years, Though mourning friends shed cataracts of tears. Once loud and strong her catechist-like voice It dwindled to a catcall's squeaking noise; Most categorical her virtues shone, By catenation join'd each one to one; — But a vile catchpoll dog, with cruel bite, Like...
Pagina 28 - Bonaparte is advancing by forced marches ; but it is impossible he can reach Paris." 8th. " Napoleon will arrive under the walls of Paris to-morrow." 9th. "The Emperor Napoleon is at Fontainebleau.
Pagina 35 - Pursue the triumph and partake the gale ! Drop tears as fast as the Arabian trees, To point a moral or adorn a tale. Full many a gem of purest ray serene, Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears, Like angels' visits, few and far between, Deck the long vista of departed years.
Pagina 205 - If the surveyor calls about the repairs," ay, and it is the surveyor. Well, the roof, and the cracked wall, must at once be looked to ; however, that will not occupy ten minutes, and to the needful business you heroically devote yourself. Half an hour flies, and then you are finally released ; but, unhappily, just at that moment the man brings home your two new coats ; you must glance at one, for you may wear it at dinner. And then crawls up to the door that dilatory fellow whose tidings about the...