The Works of Alexander Pope: Correspondence

John Murray, 1872

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Pagina 434 - His conduct upon these occasions may be thought irrational. But, thank God, guilt was never a rational thing ; it distorts all the faculties of the mind ; it perverts them ; it leaves a man no longer in the free use of his reason ; it puts him into confusion.
Pagina 164 - Fenton, before y™ came ; but stay'd to have informed myself and you of ye circumstances of it. All I hear is, that he felt a Gradual Decay, tho' so early in life, and was declining for 5 or 6 months. It was not, as I apprehended, the Gout in his Stomach, but I believe rather a complication first of gross humours...
Pagina 396 - I have lost all spirit, and every scrap of health ; I sometimes recover a little of my hearing, but my head is ever out of order. While I have any ability to hold a commerce with you, I will never be silent, and this chancing to be a day that I can hold a pen, I will drag it as long as I am able.
Pagina 279 - is Tonson. You will take care not to depart before he goes away : for I have not completed the sheet which I promised him ; and if you leave me unprotected, I must suffer all the rudeness to which his resentment can prompt his tongue.
Pagina 329 - Dutch elms were condemned by a fifth ; and thus about half the trees were proscribed, contrary to the Paradise of God's own planting, which is expressly said 'to be planted with all trees. There were some who could not bear ever-greens, and called them never-greens; some who were angry at them only when cut into shapes, and gave the modern gardeners the name of ever-green tailors...
Pagina 326 - But to derive two or three general principles of motion from phenomena, and afterwards to tell us how the properties and actions of all corporeal things follow from those manifest principles, would be a very great step in philosophy, though the causes of those principles were not yet...
Pagina 455 - Riches has been just printed here, and we have no objection but the obscurity of several passages by our ignorance in facts and persons, which makes us lose abundance of the satire. Had the printer given me notice, I would have honestly printed the names at length, where I happened to know them ; and writ explanatory notes, which, however, would have been but few, for my long absence has made me ignorant of what passes out of the scene where I am.
Pagina 293 - ... which he never had confidence openly to deny. He wrote an exculpatory letter to the Duke, which was answered with great magnanimity, as by a man who accepted his excuse without believing his profecsions.
Pagina 165 - Dion, but made small progress in it. As to his other affairs, he died poor, but honest, leaving no debts or legacies ; except of a few pounds to Mr. Trumbull and my Lady, in token of respect, gratefulness, and mutual esteem. I shall with pleasure take upon me to draw this amiable, quiet, deserving, unpretending, Christian and philosophical character, in his epitaph.* There truth may be spoken in a few words : as for flourish...
Pagina 188 - I suppose he apprehended it (as I observed most of the company did) to relate to that humour of his, which was never to deal clearly or openly, but always with reserve if not dissimulation, or rather simulation, and to love tricks even where not necessary, but from an inward satisfaction he took in applauding his own cunning. If any man was ever born under a necessity of being a knave, he was...

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