The portrait gallery of distinguished poets, philosophers, statesmen, divines, painters, architects, physicians, and lawyers, since the revival of art: with their biographies, Volume 2 (Google eBook)

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W. S. Orr and co., 1853 - Biography
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Page 512 - His Tale of a Tub has little resemblance to his other pieces. It exhibits a vehemence and rapidity of mind, a copiousness of images, and vivacity of diction, such as he afterwards never possessed or never exerted. It is of a mode so distinct and peculiar, that it must be considered by itself; what is true of that, is not true of anything else which he has written.
Page 545 - After all this, it is surely superfluous to answer the question that has once been asked, Whether Pope was a poet ? otherwise than by asking in return, If Pope be not a poet, where is poetry to be found...
Page 602 - Pitt was then one of the poor; and to him Heaven directed a portion of the wealth of the haughty Dowager. She left him a legacy of ten thousand pounds, in consideration of " the noble defence he had made for the support of the laws of England, and to prevent the ruin of his country.
Page 319 - ' are most of them old decayed serving men and tapsters, " ' and such kind of fellows ; and,' said I, ' their troops " ' are gentlemen's sons, younger sons, and persons of " ' quality ; do you think that the spirits of such base and " ' mean fellows will ever be able to encounter gentlemen. " ' that have honour and courage, and resolution in them...
Page 525 - It is not uncommon, for those who have grown wise by the labour of others, to add a little of their own, and overlook their masters. Addison is now despised by some who perhaps would never have seen his defects, but by the lights which he afforded them.
Page 338 - Let not our veneration for Milton forbid us to look with some degree of merriment on great promises and small performance, on the man who hastens home, because his countrymen are contending for their liberty, and, when he reaches the scene of action, vapours away his patriotism in a private boarding-school.
Page 541 - Miscellany, in a volume which began with the pastorals of Philips, and ended with those of Pope. The same year was written the Essay on Criticism ; a work which displays such extent of comprehension, such nicety of distinction, such acquaintance with mankind, and such knowledge both of ancient and modern learning, as are not often attained by the maturest age and longest experience. It was published about two years afterwards ; and being praised by Addison in the Spectator* with sufficient liberality,...
Page 470 - second, having endeavoured to subvert the constitution of " the kingdom, by breaking the original contract between " king and people and, by the advice of Jesuits and other " wicked persons, having violated the fundamental laws, " and having withdrawn himself out of this kingdom has " abdicated the government, and that the throne is thereby
Page 537 - But soon, ah soon, Rebellion will commence, If Music meanly borrows aid from Sense. Strong in new Arms, lo! Giant HANDEL stands, Like bold Briareus, with a hundred hands; To stir, to rouse, to shake the soul he comes, And Jove's own Thunders follow Mars's Drums. Arrest him, Empress ; or you sleep no more ' She heard, and drove him to th
Page 605 - House to tax America, I was ill in bed. If I could have endured to have been carried in my bed, so great was the agitation of my mind for the consequences, I would have solicited some kind hand to have laid me down on this floor, to have borne my testimony against it.

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