The Connoisseur, Volume 4

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Page 11 - That the Sun daily spending its Rays without any Nutriment to supply them, will at last be wholly consumed and annihilated ; which must be attended with the Destruction of this Earth, and of all the Planets that receive their Light from it.
Page 117 - ... strong guard of the farmer and his dairy-maid, to the master's house. Upon his absolute refusal to discover his associates, the pedagogue undertook to lash him out of his fidelity, but finding it impossible to scourge the secret out of him, he at last gave him up for an obstinate villain, and sent him to his father, who told him he was ruined, and was going to disinherit him for not betraying his schoolfellows.
Page 238 - And crested with a sprawling dragon ; A wooden arch is bent astride A ditch of water, four feet wide, With angles, curves, and zigzag lines, From Halfpenny's exact designs...
Page 236 - Hugging themselves in ease and clover. With all the fuss of moving over : Lo ! a new heap of whims are bred. And wanton in my lady's head. ' Well ! to be sure, it must be own'd.
Page 228 - The old women too in the aisle might be told, that their time would be better employed in attending to the sermon, than in fumbling over their tattered testaments till they have found the text; by which time the discourse is...
Page 236 - Our house beholders would adore, Was there a level lawn before, Nothing its views to incommode, But quite laid open to the road; While ev'ry trav'ler in amaze, Should on our little mansion gaze, And pointing to the choice retreat, Cry, that's Sir Thrifty's Country Seat.
Page 114 - Confidants in general are like crazy firelocks, which are no sooner charged and cocked, than the spring gives way, and the report immediately follows. Happy to have been thought worthy the confidence of one friend, they are impatient to manifest their importance to another ; till between them, and their friend, and their friend's friend, the whole matter is presently known to all our friends round the Wrekin.
Page 85 - I must not forget to remark, that the pertness and sauciness of an old maid is particularly offensive to me. I cannot help thinking, that the virginity of these ancient misses is at least as ridiculous, as my own celibacy. If I am to be condemned for having never made an offer, they are as much to blame for having never accepted one : if I am to be derided for having never married, who never attempted to make a conquest ; they are more properly the objects of derision, who are still unmarried, after...
Page 226 - Chinese rail, and converting half an acre of his glebe-land into a bowling-green, would have applied part of his income to the more laudable purpose of sheltering his parishioners from the weather during their attendance on divine service. It is no uncommon thing to see the...
Page 257 - Wonderers, who are always wondering what o'clock it is, or wondering whether it will rain or no, or wondering when the moon changes ; the Phraseologists, who explain a thing by all that, or enter into particulars, with this...

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