The poetical works (Google eBook)

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Printed for Richard Phillips, Biggs, printer, 1805 - Literary Criticism - 127 pages
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Page 110 - I there spoke of as proper to the business in hand, being that equal right that every man hath to his natural freedom, without being subjected to the will or authority of any other man.
Page 110 - ... age or virtue may give men a just precedency: excellency of parts and merit may place others above the common level: birth may subject some, and alliance or benefits others, to -pay an observance to those...
Page 13 - Come then, prolific Art, and with thee bring The charms that rise from thy exhaustless spring; To Richmond come, for see, untutor'd Brown Destroys those wonders which were once thy own. Lo, from his melon-ground the peasant slave Has rudely rush'd, and levell'd Merlin's Cave; Knock'd down the waxen Wizzard, seiz'd his wand, Transform'd to lawn what late was Fairy land; And marr'd, with impious hand, each sweet design Of Stephen Duck, and good Queen Caroline.
Page 120 - The bonds of this subjection are like the swaddling clothes they are wrapt up in and supported by in the weakness of their infancy. Age and reason as they grow up loosen them, till at length they drop quite off, and leave a man at his own free disposal.
Page 19 - Our sons some slave of greatness may behold, Cast in the genuine Asiatic mould, Who of three realms shall condescend to know No more than he can spy from Windsor's brow...
Page 30 - And make him wish to see and to be seen. That solemn vein of irony so fine, Which, e'en Reviewers own, adorns thy line, Would make him soon against his greatness sin, Desert his sofa, mount his palanquin, 40 And post where'er the Goddess led the way, Perchance to proud Spithead's imperial bay.
Page 12 - For what is Nature ? Ring her changes round, Her three flat notes are water, plants, and ground; Prolong the peal, yet spite of all your clatter, The tedious chime is still ground, plants, and water. So, when some John his dull invention racks, To rival Boodle's dinners, or Almack's, Three uncouth legs of mutton shock our eyes, Three roasted geese, three butter'd apple-pies.
Page 16 - Their scenes of terrour are composed of gloomy woods, &c. gibbets, crosses, wheels, and the whole apparatus of torture are seen from the roads. Here too they conceal in cavities, on the summits of the highest mountains, foundries, lime-kilns, and glassworks, which send forth large volumes of flame, and continued columns of thick smoke, that give to these mountains the appearance of volcanos." Page 37. " Here the passenger from time to time is surprised with repeated shocks of electrical impulse ;...
Page 14 - HIGH on a throne of royal state, which far Outshone the wealth of Ormus and of Ind, Or where the gorgeous East with richest hand Showers on her kings barbaric pearl and gold...
Page 20 - London's charms will we adorn ; Brentford, the bishopric of Parson Home. There at one glance, the royal eye shall meet Each .varied beauty of St. James's- street ; Stout Talbot there shall ply with hackney chair, And Patriot Betty fix her fruit-shop there.

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