The Life of Peter the Great (Google eBook)

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A. L. Burt, 1908 - Russia - 405 pages
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Page 168 - Revenge yourselves alone on Cassius, For Cassius is aweary of the world; Hated by one he loves; braved by his brother; Checked like a bondman; all his faults observed, Set in a note-book, learned and conned by rote, To cast into my teeth. O, I could weep My spirit from mine eyes! There is my dagger, And here my naked breast; within, a heart Dearer than Plutus...
Page iii - He gave a polish,' says Voltaire, ' to his people, and was himself a savage ; he taught them the art of war, of which he was himself ignorant; from the sight of a small boat on the river Moskwa he...
Page 91 - There is a house full of people, and right nasty. The czar lies next your library, and dines in the parlour next your study. He dines at ten o'clock and...
Page 100 - He is a man of a very hot temper, soon inflamed, and very brutal in his passion. He raises his natural heat by drinking much brandy, which he rectifies himself with great application; he is subject to convulsive motions all over his body, and his head seems to be affected with these; he wants not capacity, and has a larger measure of knowledge than might be expected from his education, which was very indifferent; a want of judgment with an instability of temper...
Page 121 - ild you! They say the owl was a baker's daughter. Lord! we know what we are, but know not what we may be.
Page 269 - Czar's business to turn master of the ceremonies and please foreigners, nor was it his intention to abolish the freedom once introduced. This obliged strangers for the future to follow the Russian fashion, in defending the possession of their chairs by cuffing and boxing their opposer. ' The company thus sitting down to table without any manner of grace, they all sit so crowded together that they have much ado to lift their hands to their mouths. And if a stranger happens to sit between two Russians,...
Page 172 - Notwithstanding which," the same author observes, " the work went on with such expedition, that it was surprising to see the fortress raised within less than five months, though the earth, which is very scarce thereabouts, was, for the greater part, carried by the labourers in the skirts of their clothes, and in bags made of rags and old mats, the use of wheelbarrows being then unknown to them...
Page 102 - Vienna, where he purposed to have stayed some time, but he was called home sooner than he had intended, upon a discovery or a suspicion of intrigues managed by his sister : the strangers to whom he trusted most, were so true to him, that those designs...
Page 332 - There were at that time two physicians and two surgeons in waiting, with whom and the officers on guard I dined on what had been dressed for the prince's dinner. The physicians were called in immediately after to attend the prince, who was struggling out of one convulsion into another ; and, after great agonies, expired at five o'clock in the afternoon.
Page 299 - He also showed himself at the Sorbonne, where the doctors had the bad taste to thrust into his hands a memorial, in which they expressed their anxiety for the reunion of the Greek and Latin churches, about which the...

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