The Spectator, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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John C. Nimmo, 1898
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Page 238 - 2 wicked or charitable; Thou com'st in such a questionable shape That I will speak to thee. I'll call thee Hamlet, King, father, Royal Dane : Oh ! oh ! answer me, Let me not burst in ignorance ; but tell Why thy canonised bones, hearsed in death, Have burst their cerements ? Why the sepulchre,
Page 265 - take a pride to gird at me. The brain of man is not able to invent anything that tends to laughter more than I invent, or is invented on me. I am not only witty in myself, but the cause that wit is in other men.
Page 261 - The passion of laughter is nothing else but sudden glory arising from some sudden conception of some eminency in ourselves, by comparison with the infirmity of others, or with our own formerly. For men laugh at the follies of themselves past, when they come suddenly to remembrance, except they bring with them any present dishonour. 1
Page 238 - or. Look, my lord, it comes ! Ham. Angels and ministers of grace defend us ! Be thou a spirit of health, or goblin damned ; Bring with thee airs from heaven, or blasts from hell ; Be thy events
Page 4 - and listening with great attention to the narratives that are made in those little circular audiences. Sometimes I smoke a pipe at Child's, 2 and whilst I seem attentive to nothing but the Postman? overhear the conversation of every table in the room. I appear on Sunday nights at St. James's Coffee-House,
Page 375 - all thy humours, whether grave or mellow, Thou'it such a touchy, testy, pleasant fellow ; Hast so much wit, and mirth, and spleen about thee, There is no living with thee, nor without thee. It is very unlucky for a man to be entangled in a
Page 405 - With that there came an arrow keen Out of an English bow, Which struck Earl Douglas to the heart A deep and deadly blow. .żEneas was wounded after the same manner by an unknown hand in the midst of a parley— Has inter voces, media inter talia verba, Ecce viro stridens alis allapsa sagitta est, Incertum qua pulsa manu
Page xxxvi - Do you know that all Grub Street is dead and gone last week ? ... The Observator is fallen ; the Medleys are jumbled together with the Flying Post ; the Examiner is deadly sick ; the Spectator keeps up and doubles its price : I know not how long it will last.
Page 382 - far as the language of their poems is understood, will please a reader of plain common sense, who would neither relish nor comprehend an epigram of Martial, or a poem of Cowley : so, on the contrary, an ordinary song or ballad that is the delight of the common people, cannot fail to please all such
Page xvi - All accounts of gallantry, pleasure, and entertainment shall be under the article of White's Coffee-House ; Poetry, under that of Will's Coffee-House ; Learning, under the title of Grecian ; Foreign and Domestic News you will have from Saint James's Coffee-House ; and what else I have

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