The General biographical dictionary: containing an historical and critical account of the lives and writings of the most eminent persons in every nation

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Alexander Chalmers
Printed for J. Nichols, 1816

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Сторінка 468 - DRESSES AND HABITS OF THE PEOPLE OF ENGLAND, from the Establishment of the Saxons in Britain to the present time ; with an Historical and Critical Inquiry into every branch of Costume.
Сторінка 86 - Whatever is great, desirable, or tremendous, is comprised in the name of the Supreme Being. Omnipotence cannot be exalted ; Infinity cannot be amplified; Perfection cannot be improved.
Сторінка 248 - Complaint and those other serious poems said to be father Southwell's ; the English whereof, as it is most proper, so the sharpness and light of wit is very rare in them.
Сторінка 243 - We have old Mr. Southern at a Gentleman's house a little way off, who often comes to see us ; he is now seventy-seven years old *, and has almost wholly lost his memory; but is as agreeable as an old man can be, at least I persuade myself so when I look at him, and think of Isabella and Oroonoko.
Сторінка 129 - And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor and though I give my body to be burnt and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing...
Сторінка 334 - ... not. For my own part, I could just as soon have talked Celtic or Sclavonian to them as astronomy, and they would have understood me full as well; so I resolved to do better than speak to the purpose, and to please instead of informing them.
Сторінка 421 - An Answer to the Paper delivered by Mr. Ashton, at his execution, to sir Francis Child, Sheriff of London, with the Paper itself.
Сторінка 215 - I can now excuse all his foibles ; impute them to age, and to distress of circumstances; the last of these considerations wrings my very soul to think on. For a man of high spirit, conscious of having, at least in one production, generally pleased the world, to be plagued and threatened by wretches that are low in every sense ; to be forced to drink himself into pains of the body, in order to get rid of the pains of the mind, is a misery.
Сторінка 265 - BATT upon Batt. A poem upon the parts, patience and pains of Barth. Kempster, clerk, poet, cutler, of Holyrood-parish in Southampton.
Сторінка 276 - Odyssey a criticism was published by Spence, at that time prelector of poetry at Oxford; a man whose learning was not very great, and whose mind was not very powerful. His criticism, however, was commonly just. What he thought, he thought rightly; and his remarks were recommended by his coolness and candour. In him Pope had the first experience of a critic without malevolence, who thought it as much his duty to display beauties as expose faults; who censured with respect and praised with alacrity.

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