Public Characters, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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R. Phillips - Biography
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Page 486 - Now, the broad shield complete, the artist crowned With his last hand, and poured the ocean round; In living silver seemed the waves to roll, And beat the buckler's verge, and bound the whole.
Page 129 - At thy good time Let Death approach ; I reck not let him but come In genuine form, not with thy vengeance arm'd, Too much for man to bear. O rather lend Thy kindly aid to mitigate his stroke ; And at that hour when all aghast I stand (A trembling candidate for thy compassion) On this world's brink, and look into the next ; When my soul, starting from the dark unknown...
Page 88 - Soon shall thy arm, unconquered steam, afar Drag the slow barge or drive the rapid car ; Or, on wide-waving wings expanded, bear The flying chariot through the fields of air ; Fair crews triumphant, leaning from above, Shall wave their fluttering kerchiefs as they move, Or warrior bands alarm the gaping crowd, And armies shrink beneath the shadowy cloud.
Page 22 - But though he threw off the trammels of the fchool, he was not idle : he read much, and thought more. At an early age he was articled as clerk in the office of Mr. Eyes, an attorney, in Liverpool. Soon after this period he was...
Page 154 - It has often been my pride, with you, to look into the Texel, and see a foe which dreaded coming out to meet us : my pride is now humbled indeed ! My feelings are not easily to be expressed ! Our cup has overflowed, and made us wanton.
Page 130 - To bleed for man, to teach him how to live, And oh ! still harder lesson ! how to die ; Disdain not Thou to smooth the restless bed Of Sickness and of Pain. Forgive the tear That feeble Nature drops, calm all her fears, Wake all her hopes, and animate her faith, Till my rapt soul, anticipating Heav'n, Bursts from the thraldom of incumb'ring clay, And on the wing of ecstasy upborne, Springs into Liberty, and Light, and Life.
Page 502 - I was conducted by a servant to a little grove, on entering which, a building with a glass covering, that at first sight appeared to be a greenhouse, presented itself. The man who accompanied me opened a little wicket, and on looking in, I perceived, immediately under the glass, a bath with a current of water, supplied from a pond behind. On approaching the door, two handsome spaniels, with long ears, apparently of King Charles's breed, advanced, and, like faithful guardians, denied us access, till...
Page 156 - OSober, fell in with Capt. Trollope's fquadron of obfervations, with the fignal flying for an enemy to the leeward. By a mafterly manoeuvre, the Admiral placed himfelf between them and the Texel, fo as to prevent them from re-entering without rifking an engagement. An action accordingly took place between Camperdown and Egmont, in nine fathoms water, and within five miles of the coaft. The Admiral's own fhip, in...
Page 71 - ... and to preferve the luftre already attached to the name of WILLIAM PITT. He, himfelf, frequently entered into forced difputations with him, and encouraged him to argue with others, upon fubjects far above what could be expected from his years. In the management of thefe arguments, his father would never ceafe to prefs him with difficulties ; nor would he permit him to ftop, till the fubject of contention was completely exhaufted.
Page 231 - ... 1775, he was appointed archbishop Laud's professor of Arabic ; on entering upon which office he pronounced a masterly oration, which was soon afterwards printed with the title of '' De Utilitate Ling. Arab, in Studiis Theologicis, Oratio habita Oxoniis in Schola Linguarum, vii Id. Aprilis, 1775,

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