Dictionary of National Biography, Volum 48

Leslie Stephen
Macmillan, 1896

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Side 282 - Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man. We shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out.
Side 103 - ... pay than any of his predecessors. He would laugh with them over a bottle, and bite them in their bargains. He kept them poor, that they might not be able to rebel ; and sometimes merry, that they might not think of it.
Side 55 - Here Reynolds is laid, and, to tell you my mind, He has not left a wiser or better behind ; His pencil was striking, resistless, and grand, His manners were gentle, complying, and bland : Still born to improve us in every part, His pencil our faces, his manners our heart. To coxcombs averse, yet most civilly steering, When they judged without skill, he was still hard of hearing: When they talked of their Raphaels, Corregios, and stuff, He shifted his trumpet,* and only took snuff.
Side 55 - The only dedication I ever made was to my brother, because I loved him better than most other men. He is since dead. Permit me to inscribe this Poem to you.
Side 58 - I should desire that the last words which I should pronounce in this Academy, and from this place, might be the name of — MICHAEL ANGELO*.
Side 423 - ... fastened by a black ribbon to a buttonhole of his coat, and a rather large wig, powdered and curled. He struck us boys, even from the side-table, as being evidently fond of a good dinner; at which he sat, with his chin near his plate, intent upon the real business of the occasion. This appearance, however, must have been produced partly by his deafness ; because, when his eye told him that there was something interesting, it was delightful to observe the animation with which he instantly applied...
Side 111 - Jackson calls it a masterpiece in dumb show ; " from the first chipping of the egg, his receiving of motion, his feeling of the ground, his standing upright, to his quick harlequin trip round the empty- shell, through the whole progression, every limb had its tongue, and every motion a voice which spoke with most miraculous organ to the understandings and sensations of the observers.
Side 421 - ... be buried under his own ornaments. Goldsmith tells you shortly all you want to know ; Robertson detains you a great deal too long. No man will read Robertson's cumbrous detail a second time ; but Goldsmith's plain narrative will please again and again. I would say to Robertson what an old tutor of a college said to one of his pupils : « Read over your compositions, and wherever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.
Side 228 - To Dr. Richardson, in particular, the exclusive merit is due of whatever collections and observations have been made in the department of Natural History ; and I am indebted to him in no small degree for his friendly advice and assistance in the preparation of the present narrative.
Side 115 - Of onely her he sung, he thought, he writ. Her, and but her, of love he worthie deemed; For all the rest but litle he esteemed.

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