Thaddeus of Warsaw, Volume 1

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1806 - Poland
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Page xii - ... supported by either parts or spirit, it will be seldom heartily abhorred. The Roman tyrant was content to be hated, if he was but feared; and there are thousands of the readers of romances willing to be thought wicked, if they may be allowed to be wits. It is therefore to be steadily inculcated, that virtue is the highest proof of understanding, and the only solid basis of greatness; and that vice is the natural consequence of narrow thoughts, that it begins in mistake, and ends in ignominy.
Page 48 - ... drawn. As he knew my person, he admitted me directly. The king had fallen into a sleep, and lay in one corner of the hovel on the ground, covered with the miller's cloak. To see the most virtuous monarch in the world thus abused by his ungrateful subjects, pierced me to the heart; and kneeling down by his side, I took hold of his hand, and in a paroxysm of tears, which I am not ashamed to confess, I exclaimed, ' I thank thee, Almighty God, that I again see my sovereign alive !' It is not easy...
Page 135 - It is then that the spirit of peace settles upon the heart, unfetters the thoughts, and elevates the soul to the Creator. It is then that we behold the Parent of the universe in his works; we see his grandeur, in earth, sea...
Page 55 - ... march. CHAPTER III. THE little army of the palatine passed by the battlements of Chelm; crossed the Bug into the plains of Volhinia; and impatiently counted the leagues over those vast tracts, until it reached the borders of Kiovia. When the column at the head of which Thaddeus was stationed descended the heights of Lininy, and the broad camp of his countrymen burst upon his sight, his heart heaved with an emotion quite new to him. He beheld with admiration the regular disposition of the intrenchments,...
Page 48 - These words struck the simple family with amazement. They instantly dropped on their knees before the king, whom my voice had awakened. The good Stanislaus, graciously thanking them for their kindness, told the miller to come to the palace the next day, when he would show him his gratitude. Soon after, the officers of the detachment assisted his majesty and myself into the carriage, and, accompanied by Kosinski, we reached Warsaw about six in the morning. His majesty alighted at the palace, in the...
Page 37 - September, 1771, that they found an opportunity to execute their scheme. They placed themselves, under cover of the night, in those avenues of the city through which they knew his majesty must pass in his way from Villanow, where he had been dining with me. His carriage was escorted by four of his own attendants, myself and twelve of my guards.
Page 135 - Surely there is nothing in the world, short of the most undivided reciprocal attachment, that has such power over the workings of the human heart as the mild sweetness of nature. The most ruffled temper, when emerging from the town, will subside into a calm at the sight of a wild stretch of landscape reposing in the twilight of a fine evening.
Page 50 - I live, shall I again behold such a scene ! Every soul in Warsaw, from the .highest to the lowest, came to catch a glimpse of their rescued sovereign. Seeing the doors free, they entered without ceremony, and thronged forward in crowds to get near enough to kiss his hand, or to touch his clothes ; then, elated with joy, they turned to Kosinski, and loaded biro with demonstrations of gratitude, calling him the
Page 65 - Kosciuszko had already slain the commander of the attack. The flanks next gave ground; and after holding a short stand at intervals, at length fairly turned about, and fled, panic-struck, across the country. The conquerors, elated with so sudden a success, put their horses on full speed; and, without order or attention, pursued the fugitives, until they were lost amidst the trees of a distant wood.
Page 67 - Many of the Russian horse impaled themselves on the sides of this little phalanx, which they vainly attempted to shake, although the ordnance was rapidly weakening its strength. File after file the men were swept down, their bodies...

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