Memoirs and confessions of captain Ashe (Google eBook)

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Henry Colburn, 1815 - Authors, English
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Page 56 - These are thy glorious works, Parent of good, Almighty, thine this universal frame, Thus wondrous fair; thyself how wondrous then ! Unspeakable, who sitt'st above these heavens, To us invisible, or dimly seen In these thy lowest works; yet these declare Thy goodness beyond thought, and power divine.
Page 279 - The old, the young, the vigorous, the infirm, underwent a like fate, and were confounded in one common ruin. In vain did flight save from the first assault : destruction was every where let loose, and met the hunted victims at every turn. In vain was recourse had to relations, to companions, to friends : all connexions were dissolved, and death was dealt by that hand from which protection was implored and expected.
Page 20 - It is the singular temper of this people, that they are prone equally to satirize and to praise, and patient alike of sarcasm and flattery. Inclining to exaggerate, but not intending to deceive, you will applaud them rather for sincerity than truth. Accuracy is not the merit, nor duplicity the failing, of a lively but uncultivated people.
Page 279 - No age, no sex, no condition, was spared. The wife weeping for her butchered husband, and embracing her helpless children, was pierced with them, and perished by the same stroke.
Page 19 - Varieties have been sought in the national disposition, referable to the double origin of the people: in vain: however differing in rank, party or ancestry, they bear the indelible mark of a common nativity. Restless yet indolent, shrewd and indiscreet, impetuous, impatient, and improvident, instinctively brave, thoughtlessly generous; quick to resent and forgive offences, to form...
Page 21 - Here are less neatness and economy, more enjoyment and society. Emulative profusion is an Irish folly. The gentry would rival the nobility ; the merchant affects to surpass, and the shopkeeper to approach, the splendour of the gentry. Hence, patrimonies are dilapidated ; hence, capital is diverted from business to pleasure. The profit of one enterprise is not, as in England, embarked in another, but sunk in a villa or an equipage.
Page 6 - Not so the mighty magician of The Mysteries of Udolpho, bred and nourished by the Florentine muses in their sacred solitary caverns, amid the paler shrines of gothic superstition, and in all the dreariness of enchantment; a poetess whom Ariosto would with rapture have acknowledged, as " i ,:i nudrita Damigclla Trivulzia al sacro speco.
Page 19 - Their country's good they seldom, their own they carelessly, pursue ; but the honour of both they eagerly vindicate. Oppression they have long borne, insolence never. With genius they are profusely gifted } with judgment, sparingly. To acquire knowledge, they find more easy than to arrange and employ it. Inferior in vanity only to the French, and in wit superior even to the Italian, they are more able to give and more ready to receive amusement than instruction.
Page 20 - ... the honour of both they eagerly vindicate; oppression they have long borne, insolence never. With genius they are profusely gifted, with judgment sparingly; to acquire knowledge they find more easy than to arrange and employ it: inferior in vanity only to the French, and in wit superior...
Page 55 - Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.

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