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Page 128 - Then with their sharpen'd fangs their limbs and bodies grind. The wretched father, running to their aid With pious haste, but vain, they next invade ; Twice round his waist their winding volumes roll'd ; And twice about his gasping throat they fold.
Page 178 - Upon the eve of their departure, the registrar observed, that four of the prison guard should accompany them. This arrangement menaced the whole plan with immediate dissolution. The officers, without betraying the least emotion, acquiesced in the propriety of the measure, and gave orders for the men to be called out ; when, as if recollecting the rank and honour of their illustrious prisoner, one of them addressed Sir Sidney, by saying, " Citizen, you are a brave officer, give us your parole, and...
Page 250 - The carnage was dreadful ; in the lad of thefe unfortunate groups, were two gentlemen, of great lefpeclability, who received no wound from the fire; but, to preferve themfelves, dropped with the reft, and exhibited all the appearances of having participated in the general fate. This execution took place in the evening : immediately after its...
Page 178 - Sir Sidney replied, that he would pledge his faith, as an officer, to accompany them, without resistance, wherever they chose to conduct him' '* Not a look or movement betrayed the intention of the party. Every thing ' was cool, well-timed, and natural. They entered a fiacre, which, as is usual, was brought for the purpose of removing him, in which he found changes of clothes, false passports, and money.
Page 175 - After gazing upon it for some little time, she nodded, to show that she understood what he meant, Sir Sidney then touched the top of the first bar of the grating of his window, which he wished her to consider as the representative of the letter A, the second B, and so on, until he had formed, from the top of the bars, a corresponding number of letters ; and by touching the middle, and bottom parts of them, upon a line with each other, he easily, after having inculcated the first impression of his...
Page 271 - And he gave it for his opinion, that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grafs, to grow upon a fpot of ground where only one grew before, would deferve better of mankind, and do more cflential fervice to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together.
Page 251 - God ! it is my father !" faid one> " my fon, my fon, my fon," exclaimed the other, clafping him in his arms. They were father and fon, who had thus miraculoufly efcaped, and met in this extraordinary manner.
Page 179 - ... planned and conducted, that no one but the party concerned was acquainted with the escape, until near a month had elapsed, when the inspector paid his next periodical visit. What pen can describe the sensations of two such men as Sir Sidney and Phelipeaux, when they first beheld each other in safety ? Heaven befriended the generous and gallant exploit. Sir Sidney and his noble friend reached the French coast wholly unsuspected, and committing themselves to their God, and to the protective genius...
Page 73 - Brooks, a king's messenger, charged with important dispatches to his court, and Governor W . The latter was dressed like a decayed gentleman, and bore about him all the indications of his extreme condition. They had not been seated at the table long, before the latter informed the former, with evident marks of perturbation, that his name was W , that having been charged in England with offences, which, if true, subjected him to ' heavy punishment, he was anxious to place himself at the disposal...