A Book of Essays

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E.P. Dutton, 1903 - 309 pages
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Page 145 - But hark, the voice of battle shouts from far, The Jews and Maccaronis are at war: The Jews prevail, and, thundering from the stocks, They seize, they bind, they circumcise Charles Fox.
Page 109 - You were all brutally mistaken about Shelley, who was, without exception, the best and least selfish man I ever knew.
Page 141 - Fox prepared himself for that holy work, by passing twenty-two hours in the pious exercise of hazard ; his devotion cost him only about five hundred pounds an hour— in all, eleven thousand pounds."— WHISHT.
Page 174 - In some places I think there is versification, and a few good lines, and the piece seems to be wrote by one not void of parts, but who with attention might write much better. "I forgive him his mention of me, because I believe that he does it without malice, but if I had leisure to think of such things, I must own the frequent repetition of the foolish stories would make me peevish.
Page 188 - I am sure this will be a boar, so I must leave you, Ld George." If it was not the fashion, it would be very rude, but I own I encourage the fashion vastly, for it's delightful, I think; one need only name a pig or pork, & nobody dares take it ill, but hold their tongues directly. To "grub up such a one" is also a new expression, which cannot be better illustrated to you, than by supposing you were talking to Mr Robinson, who diverted you very much, in comes the D. of York or Gloucester, & by sitting...
Page 221 - King came to die,' she beautifully wrote, ' I felt nothing of that satisfaction which I once thought I should have had upon this occasion . . . so little is it in my nature to retain resentment against any mortal (however unjust he may have been) in whom the will to injure is no more.' Surely a grand passage ! But familiarity with the injustice of kings did not prevent this great woman from taking infinite pains to punish humble people. When Sir John Vanbrugh had the temerity to criticise her she...
Page 221 - Vanbrugh had the temerity to criticise her she 'wag very sorry I had fouled my fingers in writing to such a fellow'; but, mindful of her duty to the world, she took the trouble to fill thirty sheets of paper with charges against Sir John. In her old age, indeed, she found time to do a good deal of polemical writing against her enemies. Among other such efforts she wrote an elaborate account of her daughters' misconduct towards her, and sent the agreeable brochure to various friends and relations.
Page 168 - Beckford, 2 who seems to possess very extraordinary talents ; he is a perfect master of music, but has a voice, either natural or feigned, of an eunuch. He speaks several languages with uncommon facility, and well, but has such a mercurial turn, that I think he may finish his days aux pelites maisons; his person and figure are agreeable.
Page 113 - I wrote the exaggerated nonsense which has corrupted the public taste - they applauded to the very echo - and now that I have really composed within these three or four years some things which should 'not willingly be let die' - the whole herd snort and grumble and return to wallow in their mire.
Page 162 - I saw Charles to-day in a new hat, frock, waistcoat, shirt, and stockings ; he was as clean and smug as a gentleman, and upon perceiving my surprise, he told me that it was from the Pharo Bank.

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