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Сторінка 29 - Revelation was unshaken ; his learning preserved his principles ; he grew first regular, and then pious. His studies had been so various, that I am not able to name a man of equal knowledge. His acquaintance with books was great ; and what he did not immediately know, he could at least tell where to find. Such was his amplitude of learning, and such his copiousness of communication, that it may be doubted whether a day now passes in which I have not some advantage from his friendship. At this man's...
Сторінка 66 - Eliza, in silence and darkness: Benevolence was ashamed to favour, and Malice was weary of insulting. Of his four Epic Poems, the first bad such reputation and popularity as enraged the critics; the second was at least known enough to be ridiculed; the two last had neither friends nor enemies.
Сторінка 28 - Of Gilbert Walmsley, thus presented to my mind, let me indulge myself in the remembrance. I knew him very early; he was one of the first friends that literature procured me, and I hope that at least my gratitude made me worthy of his notice. He was of an advanced age, and I was only yet a boy; yet he never received my notions with contempt. He was a Whig, with all the virulence and malevolence of his party; yet difference of opinion did not keep us apart. I honoured him, and he endured me.
Сторінка 65 - A new Version of the Psalms of David, fitted to the Tunes used in Churches...
Сторінка 59 - That Blackmore, as he proceeded in this poem, laid his manuscript from time to time before a club of wits with whom he associated; and that every man contributed, as he could, either improvement or correction; so that," said Philips, " there are perhaps no where in the book thirty lines together that now stand as they were originally written.
Сторінка 29 - He had mingled with the gay world, without exemption from its vices or its follies, but had never neglected the cultivation of his mind; his belief of Revelation was unshaken ; his learning preserved his principles ; he grew first regular, and then pious. His studies had been so various, that I am not able to name a man of equal knowledge. His acquaintance with books was great ; and what he did not immediately know, he could at least tell where to find. Such was his amplitude of learning, and such...
Сторінка 88 - These subterranean walls, disposed with art, Such strength, and such stability impart, That storms above, and earthquakes under ground, Break not the pillars, nor the work confound. Give to the earth a form orbicular, Let it be...
Сторінка 211 - A stronger body, and a wiser mind, From sorrow free, nor liable to pain; My passions should obey, and reason reign. Nor could my being from my parents flow, Who neither did the parts, or structure know: Did not my mind or body understand, My sex determine, nor my shape command.
Сторінка 248 - Or silver stars cerulean spheres inlaid; Ere yet the eldest child of Time was born, Or verdant pride young Nature did adorn, Thou wast!
Сторінка 12 - Classics; with whom he had carefully compared whatever was worth perusing in the French, Spanish, and Italian (to which languages he was no stranger), and in all the celebrated writers of his own country. But then, according to the curious observation of the late Earl of...

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