The Letters of Alexander Pope Considered in a Biographical Point of View (Google eBook)

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1874 - 22 pages
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Page 17 - Dunciad ' is going to be printed in all pomp, with the inscription, which makes me proudest. It will be attended with proeme, prolegomena, testimonia scriptorum, index authorum, and notes variorum. As to the latter, I desire you to read over the text, and make a few in any way you like best ; whether dry raillery, upon the style and way of commenting of trivial critics ; or...
Page 11 - I begin to discover beauties that were till now imperceptible to me. Every corner of an eye, or turn of a nose or ear, the smallest degree of light or shade on a cheek, or in a dimple, have charms to distract me.
Page 17 - Our Miscellany is now quite printed. I am prodigiously pleased with this joint volume, in which, methinks, we look like friends, side by side, serious and merry by turns, conversing interchangeably, and walking down hand in hand to posterity...
Page 8 - Every one values Mr. Pope, but every one for a different reason : one for his adherence to the Catholic faith, another for his neglect of Popish superstition ; one for his grave behaviour, another for his whimsicalness ; Mr.
Page 18 - her death was as easy as her life was innocent ; and as it cost her not a groan, nor even a sigh, there is yet upon her countenance such an expression of tranquillity, nay, almost of pleasure, that it is even enviable to behold it.
Page 6 - A sign-post likeness of the human race. That is at once resemblance and disgrace. Horace can laugh, is delicate, is clear, You only coarsely rail, or darkly sneer; His style is elegant, his diction pure, Whilst none thy crabbed numbers can endure; Hard as thy heart, and as thy birth obscure.
Page 7 - tis pity they are so healthy; but I say nothing that may destroy their good opinion of me.
Page 17 - A very confident asseveration has been made, which has spread over the town, that your god-daughter, Miss Patty, and I, lived two or three years since in a manner that was reported to you as giving scandal to many ; that upon your writing to me upon it, I consulted with her, and sent you an excusive alleviating answer, but did, after that, privately and of myself, write to you a full confession how much I myself disapproved the way...
Page 8 - ... Luxurious lobster nights, farewell, For sober, studious days! And Burlington's delicious meal For salads, tarts, and pease." Writing from Bath a little earlier, to Teresa and Martha Blount, he employs the same jaunty strain. " Every one," he says, " values Mr. Pope, but every one for a different reason. One for his adherence to the Catholic faith, another for his neglect of Popish superstition; one for his good behaviour, another for his whimsicalities; Mr. Titcomb for his pretty atheistical...
Page 20 - ... earlier in the morning. I often vary the scene (indeed at every friend's call) from London to Twickenham, or the contrary, to receive them, or be received by them. " Lord Bathurst is still my constant friend, and yours; but his country-seat is now always in Gloucestershire, not in this neighbourhood. Mr. Pulteney has no country-seat, and in town I see him seldom ; but he always asks after you. In the summer I generally ramble for a month to Lord Cobham's, the Bath, or elsewhere. In all those...

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