The Speaker; Or, Miscellaneous Pieces from the Best English Writers

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 360 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1812 edition. Excerpt: ...Beave Peers of England, pillars of the state, To you Duke Humphrey must unload his grief, Your grief, the common grief of all the land. What! did my brother Hnry spend his youth, His valour, cojn, and people in the wars; Did he so often lodge in open field, In winter's cold, and summer's parching heat. To conquer France, his true inheritance? And did my brother Bedford toil his wits To keep by policy what Henry got? Have you yourselves, Somerset, Buckingham, Brave York, and Salisbury, victorious Warwick, Rtceiv'd deep scars in France and Normandy? Or halh mine uncle Beaufort, and myself, Wilh all the learned council of the realm, Studied so long, sat in the council-house Early and late, debating to and fro, How France and Frenchmen might be kej;t in awe? And was his highness in his infancy Crowned in Paris, in despite of foes? And shall these labours anil these horu urs die? Shall Henry's conquest, Bedford's vigilance, Your deeds of war, and all our counsrl, die? O Peers of England, shameful is this league, " Fatal this marriage; cancelling your fame, Blotting your names fro'ui books of memory; Razing (he characters of your renown, Defacing monuments of conquer'd France, Undoing all, as uli bad never been. " BOOK VI. DIALOGUES. CHAPTER I. ON HAPPINESS. It was at a time when a certain friend, whom I highly value, was my guest. We had been sitting together, entertaining ourselves with Shakspeare." Among many of his characters, we had looked into that of Wolsey. How soon, says my friend, does the cardinal in disgrace abjure that happiness which he was lately so fond of! Scarcely out of office, but he begins to exclaim, -Vain pomp and glory of the world! I hate ye. So true is it, that our sentiments ever vary with the season; and that in adversity we...

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