The English Review, Or, An Abstract of English and Foreign Literature, Volume 13

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J. Murray, 1789 - English literature

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Page 152 - Whate'er is best administer'd is best: For modes of faith, let graceless zealots fight; His can't be wrong whose life is in the right: In faith and hope the world will disagree, But all mankind's concern is charity : All must be false that thwart this one great end; And all of God, that bless mankind, or mend.
Page 407 - I have long since asserted my claim to introduce the nations, the immediate or remote authors of the fall of the Roman empire ; nor can I refuse myself to those events which, from their uncommon magnitude, will interest a philosophic mind in the history of...
Page 97 - The most insignificant insects and reptiles are of much more consequence, and have much more influence in the economy of nature, than the incurious are aware of...
Page 94 - When deer are thirsty they plunge their noses, like some horses, very deep under water while in the act of drinking, and continue them in that situation for a considerable time : but, to obviate any inconveniency, they can open two vents, one at the inner corner of each eye, having a communication with the nose.
Page 95 - WHEN day declining sheds a milder gleam, What time the May-fly haunts the pool or stream ; When the still owl skims round the grassy mead, What time the timorous hare limps forth to feed ; Then be the time to steal adown the vale, And listen to the vagrant cuckoo's...
Page 10 - Madayn, which had resisted the battering-rams of the Romans, would not have yielded to the darts of the Saracens. But the flying Persians were overcome by the belief that the last day of their religion and empire was at hand, the strongest posts were abandoned by treachery or cowardice, and the king, with a part of his family and treasures, escaped to Holwan at the foot of the Median hills.
Page 98 - For, to say nothing of half the birds, and some quadrupeds which are almost entirely supported by them, worms seem to be the great promoters of vegetation, which would proceed but lamely without them, by boring, perforating, and loosening the soil, and rendering it pervious to rains and the fibres of plants, by drawing straws and stalks of leaves...
Page 369 - Indians are very little darker than the Europeans in general. ' The hair of both fexes is long and black, and would be an ornament to them, were it not for the large quantities of greafe and red oker conftantly rubbed into it, which not only gives it a difgufting appearance, but affords a never-failing harbour for vermin. Sometimes, indeed, the women keep their hair in decent order, parting it from the forehead to the crown, and tying it behind, after the manner of a club. ' The young men have no...
Page 37 - Advice, he is not obliged to follow it, unlefs it be agreeable to his own inclinations. In fome few inftances, however, in the negociations of peace, truces, and alliances, the king is bound to follow the opinion of the fenators, in cafe they are unanimous. But, as Mr. Coxe himfelf obferves, ' as it is fcarcely poffible that feventeen fenators, appointed and removeable by his majefty, fhould be unanimous in their oppofition to him, we may fairly allow the king to Have the command of the fenate.
Page 109 - It varies in different orders of fifh ; but in all it confias of three curved tubes, all of which unite with one another ; this union forms in fome only a canal, as in the cod, falmon, ling, &c and in others a pretty large cavity, as in the ray kind. In the jack...

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