Memoirs of the Life and Writings of William Hayley, Esq: The Friend and Biographer of Cowper, Volume 1

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H. Colburn and Company, 1823

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Page 24 - And say besides, that in Aleppo once, Where a malignant and a turban'd Turk Beat a Venetian and traduced the state, I took by the throat the circumcised dog And smote him, thus.
Page 396 - There is a tide in the affairs of men, That, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune ; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
Page 88 - I have done. Your heart is very pure; your feelings are quick and strong; your intentions are always kind. I will not thwart your affections, but only pray to Heaven that they may be rendered the source of lasting happiness to yourself.
Page 76 - Hypocrisy, the only evil that walks Invisible, except to God alone, By his permissive will, through heaven and earth : And oft, though Wisdom wake, Suspicion sleeps At Wisdom's gate, and to Simplicity Resigns her charge, while Goodness thinks no ill Where no ill seems...
Page 368 - The Chancellor presents his best respects to Mr. Hayley, and returns him many thanks for his poems. They give a bright relief to the subject. William is much obliged to him, and Mary more ; and if it may be said without offence, liberty itself derives advantage from this dress.
Page 105 - After breakfast, on the appointed Tuesday, Mr. Gamier said to their host, " Well, Garrick, let us now proceed to your promise ! what day have you fixed for the first rehearsal ? " The manager assumed a face in which politeness vainly endeavoured to disguise his perplexity : and, with much embarrassment, he said, " Why, faith ! I have not been able to fix a day ; I have been re-considering the tragedy : it is most elegantly written, it is a charming composition to recite to a small circle, but, I...
Page 207 - His observation," he said," of the various effects of spleen on the female character, induced him to believe that he might render an important service to social life, if his poetry could induce his young and fair readers to cultivate the gentle qualities of the heart, and maintain a constant flow of good humor. With this view he composed his
Page 295 - ... a private theatre, for which they were professedly written*." Henderson, after reading it aloud in his admirable manner, was of a different opinion : " he admired it exceedingly, but thought the rhyme unfit for a public stage, as it is so difficult to recite without an unpleasing monotony." Gibbon called it " the boldest of poetical attempts, but declared himself astonished and delighted by the happiness of its execution.
Page 130 - Thy fond possessor in no ill-starred hour: Ne'er will he wish thy tranquil shades to leave, And fly ignobly to the shrines of power. No ; he will wish (nor let that wish be vain !) To aid thy charms with independent pride ; To rear the peaceful grove where Love shall reign, And raise the roof where Friendship shall preside. Perchance, long...
Page 352 - Twas social wit, which, never kindling strife, Blazed in the small, sweet courtesies of life ; Those little sapphires round the diamond shone, Lending soft radiance to the richer stone.

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