The general biographical dictionary. Revised by A. Chalmers


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Pagina 186 - Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder and cast away their cords from us.
Pagina 241 - And with all his drollery there is a mixture of rational and even religious reflection, at times, and always an air of pleasantry, good-nature, and humanity, that makes him, in my mind, one of the most amiable writers in the world.
Pagina 173 - He cannot deny himself the vanity of finishing with the encomium of Dr. Johnson, whose friendly partiality to the companion of his Tour represents him as one, " whose acuteness would help my inquiry, and whose gaiety of conversation, and civility of manners, are sufficient to counteract the inconveniences of travel, in countries less hospitable than we have passed.
Pagina 241 - I love the memory of Vinny Bourne. I think him a better Latin poet than Tibullus, Propertius, Ausonius, or any of the writers in his way, except Ovid, and not at all inferior to him. I love him too with a love of partiality, because he was usher of the fifth form at Westminster, when I passed through it.
Pagina 241 - I love him, too, with a love of partiality, because he was usher of the fifth form at -Westminster, when I passed through it He was so good-natured, and so indolent, that I lost more than I got by him ; for he made me as idle as himself. He was such a sloven...
Pagina 335 - Boyle communicated memorandums concerning his own life, tells us, that what had the greatest weight in determining his judgment was, " the not feeling within himself any motion or tendency of mind which he could safely esteem a call from the Holy Ghost, and so not venturing to take holy orders, lest he should be found to have lied unto it.
Pagina 374 - Bible, which task they went through in nine months, having each from the company of stationers during that time thirty shillings a week.
Pagina 83 - Booth's peculiar felicity to be heard and seen the same — whether as the pleased, the grieved, the pitying, the reproachful, or the angry. One would...
Pagina 271 - A Vindication of the Histories of the Old and New Testament, in answer to the Objections of the late Lord Bolingbroke ; in Two Letters to a young Nobleman, 1752, 8vo, reprinted in 1753.
Pagina 84 - Wilks would too frequently break into the time and measure of the harmony by too many spirited accents in one line ; and Booth, by too solemn a regard to harmony, would as often lose the necessary spirit of it : so that (as I have observed) could we have sometimes raised the one and sunk the other, they had both been nearer the mark.

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