The Four Ages; Together with Essays on Various Subjects

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Cadell and Davies, 1798 - Aesthetics, British - 454 pages
 

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Page 148 - He had scarcely recovered this shock (for it was a great one to him). when he heard Abel on the viol-di-gamba. The violin was hung on the willow. Abel's viol-di-gamba was purchased, and the house resounded with melodious thirds and fifths from 'morn to dewy eve!
Page 152 - I have done but half my errand; what is your lute worth if I have not your book? ' ' What book, Master Gainsborough? ' ' Why, the book of airs you have composed for the lute.
Page 34 - On the third we passed between Dover and Calais, and before night came in sight of the Isle of Wight. The next day, being the day in which the prince was both born and married, he fancied, if he could land that day, it would look auspicious to the army, 788 and animate the soldiers.
Page 280 - A poet, blest beyond the poet's fate, Whom Heaven kept sacred from the Proud and Great : Foe to loud praise, and friend to learned ease, Content with science in the vale of peace. Calmly he look'd on either life ; and here Saw nothing to regret, or there to fear ; From Nature's temperate feast rose satisfied, Thank'd Heaven that he had liv'd, and that he died.
Page 120 - ... or congruity, thereby to make up pleasant pictures and agreeable visions in the fancy; judgment, on the contrary, lies quite on the other side, in separating carefully, one from another, ideas, wherein can be found the least difference, thereby to avoid being misled by similitude, and by affinity to take one thing for another. This is a way of proceeding quite contrary to metaphor and allusion, wherein for the most part lies that entertainment and pleasantry of wit which strikes so lively on...
Page 270 - Slander or Poifon dread from Delia's rage, Hard words or hanging, if your Judge be Page. From furious Sappho fcarce a milder fate, Px'd by her love, or libell'd by her hate.
Page 232 - ... appearing in the club. There could be little doubt before, but now nothing could be more certain, than the reality of the apparition, which had been seen by so many persons together.
Page 271 - Fix'd to one side, but moderate to the rest: An honest courtier, yet a patriot too, Just to his prince, and to his country true, Fill'd with the sense of age, the fire of youth, A scorn of wrangling, yet a zeal for truth; A generous faith, from superstition free; A love to peace, and hate of tyranny; Such this man was; who now, from earth remov'd, At length enjoys that liberty he lov'd.
Page 153 - What use is your book to me if I don't understand it? And your lute, you may take it again if you won't teach me to play on it. Come home with me and give me the first lesson.' 'I will come to-morrow!

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