The Critical Review: Or, Annals of Literature (Google eBook)

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Tobias George Smollett
W. Simpkin and R. Marshall, 1799 - English literature
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Page 161 - ... so firm He burst with his voice of thunder. And he bade the Old Woman of Berkeley...
Page 151 - Shall we for ever make new books, as apothecaries make new mixtures, by pouring only out of one vessel into another? Are we for ever to be twisting, and untwisting the same rope? for ever in the same track — for ever at the same pace?
Page 148 - THE bones, in this composition, have not the fmalleft appearance of being petrified ; and if they have undergone any change, it is more like that of calcination than that of petrifaction, as the moft folid parts of them generally admit of being cut and fcraped down with the fame eafe as chalk.
Page 424 - Is there under the heavens a more glorious and refreshing object, of the kind, than an impregnable hedge, of about four hundred feet in length, nine feet high, and five in diameter, which I can...
Page 381 - ... The conquest of a city is a scene of sorrow and desolation ; the conquest of the heart is a source of blessedness. The former is a spectacle of horror. Homes and temples are enveloped in flames; the peaceful streets, where only sounds of industry were heard, are filled with slaughter and blood, with the cries of the wounded, and the groans of the dying ; the gorgeous palace is pillaged ; the treasures of the great are plundered, and every age, sex, and rank are plunged into indiscriminate massacre...
Page 472 - And all our dainty terms for fratricide; Terms which we trundle smoothly o'er our tongues Like mere abstractions, empty sounds to which We join no feeling and attach no form! As if the soldier died without a wound; As if the fibres of this godlike frame Were...
Page 310 - Yes, such protection as vultures give to lambs — covering and devouring them ! They call on us to barter all of good we have inherited and proved, for the desperate chance of something better which they promise. Be our plain answer this : The throne we honour is the people's choice; the laws we reverence are our brave fathers...
Page 129 - ... concluded that curious or important information might be gained even from the illiterate ; and wherever it was to be obtained, he...
Page 256 - I was now too faint to attempt walking, and my horse too much fatigued to carry me, I thought it but an act of humanity, and perhaps the last I should ever have it in my power to perform, to take off his bridle and let him shift for himself; in doing which I was...
Page 310 - They boast, they come but to improve our state, enlarge our thoughts, and free us from the yoke of error! Yes — they will give enlightened freedom to our minds, who are themselves the slaves of passion, avarice, and pride. They offer us their protection — yes, such protection as vultures give to lambs — covering and devouring them...

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