The works of m. de Voltaire, tr. with notes by T. Smollett and others (Google eBook)

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Page 77 - ... PHANOR. This letter, sir, was by an Arab given In secret to me. ZOPIR. From Hercides ! gods, What do I read ? will heaven in tenderest pity At length repay me for a life of sorrows ? . Hercides begs to see me — he who snatched From this fond bosom my two helpless children ; They yet are living, so this paper tells me, Slaves to the tyrant — Seid and Palmira Are orphans both, and know not whence they sprang, Perhaps my children — O delusive hope, Why wilt thou flatter me? it cannot be; Fain...
Page 183 - Tis sweet thy lab'ring steps to guide To virtue's heights, with wisdom well supply'd, And all the magazines of learning fortify'd : From thence to look below on human kind, Bewilder'd in the maze of life, and blind.
Page 50 - ... Koran I would teach thee To tremble and obey in humble silence: And with the subject world to kneel before me; But I will talk to thee without disguise, As man to man should speak, and friend to friend: I have ambition, Zopir; Where's the man Who has it not? but never citizen, Or chief, or priest, or king projected aught So noble as the plan of Mahomet; In acts or arms hath every nation shone Superior in its turn; Arabia now Steps forth; that generous people, long unknown And unrespected, saw...
Page 164 - After all, it is best to get rid of a philosopher: those fellows have always a certain fierceness of spirit which should be damped a little. ANOTHER. One word with you, gentlemen: would not it be right, whilst our hand is in, to make an end of all the geometricians, who pretend that the three angles of a triangle are equal to two right ones? they are a mighty scandal to the foolish people that read their works. ANOTHER. Ay, ay, we'll hang them all the next session; let's go to dinner. SCENE II. SOCRATES....
Page 71 - Determines? if it be decreed that Mecca, Spite of her crimes and base idolatry, Shall be the promised temple, the chosen seat Of empire, where I am appointed king, And pontiff, knowest thou why our Mecca boasts These honors? knowest thou holy Abram here Was born, that here his sacred ashes rest? He who, obedient to the voice of God, Stifled the cries of nature, and gave up His darling child: the same all-powerful Being Requires of thee a sacrifice; to thee He calls for blood; and darest thou hesitate...
Page 108 - ... whilst the world adores me : vain was all My boasted power : I have deceived mankind ; But how shall I impose on my own heart ? A murdered father, and two guiltless children Must be avenged: come, ye unhappy victims, And end me quickly ! — Omar, we must strive To hide this shameful weakness, save my glory, And let me reign o'er a deluded world : For Mahomet depends on fraud alone, And to be worshipped never must be known. End of the Fifth and Last Act. AMELIA DRAMATIS PERSONS. The DUKE of Foix....
Page 50 - ... answer thee As thou deservest, in thunder, by the voice Of that offended Being thou deridest : Armed with the hallowed Koran I would teach thee To tremble and obey in humble silence : And with the subject world to kneel before me ; But I will talk to thee without disguise, As man to man should speak, and friend to friend : I have ambition, Zopir; where's the man Who has it not ? but never citizen, Or chief, or priest, or king projected aught So noble as the plan of Mahomet; In acts or arms hath...
Page 50 - MAHOMET. Wert thou not Zopir, I would answer thee As thou deservest, in thunder, by the voice Of that offended Being thou deridest : Armed with the hallowed Koran I would teach thee To tremble and obey in humble silence : And with the subject world to kneel before me ; But I will talk to thee without disguise, As man to man should speak, and friend to friend : I have ambition, Zopir; where's the man Who has it not ? but never citizen, Or chief, or priest, or king projected aught So noble as the plan...

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