The Genuine Works in Verse and Prose, of the Right Honourable George Granville, Lord Lansdowne: In Three Volumes, Volume 2

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J. and R. Tonson ... and L. Gilliver, J. Clarke, 1736 - English drama - 261 pages
 

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Page 131 - ... ancient freedom and spirit of your fathers; if you would be your own soldiers and your own commanders, confiding no longer your affairs in foreign or mercenary hands; if you would charge yourselves with your own defence, employing abroad, for the public, what you waste in unprofitable pleasures at home; the world might, once more, behold you making a figure worthy of Athenians.
Page 132 - tis my plain meaning. I would make it a standing rule, that no person, great or little, should be the better for the public money, who should grudge to employ it for the public service. Are we in peace? the public is charged with your subsistence. Are we in war, or under a necessity, as at this time, to enter into a war?
Page 114 - Tis true, there was a time, when we were powerful enough, not only to defend our own borders, and protect our allies, but even to invade Philip in his own dominions.
Page 284 - fhall hereafter take it more kindly to be juftly " reproved by you, than to be undefervedly com" plimented. ** I would not have you underftand me as if I ** recommended to you a four Prefbyterian feve** rity; that is yet more to be avoided. Advice, " like phyfic, mould be fo fweetened and prepared " as to be made palatable, or nature may be apt to " revolt againft it. Be always fincere, but at the " fame time always polite. Be humble...
Page 4 - Which so declines, that shortly we may see Players and plays reduced to second infancy. Sharp to the world, but thoughtless of renown, They plot not on the stage, but on the town, And, in despair their empty pit to fill, Set up some foreign monster in a bill. Thus they jog on, still tricking, never thriving, And murdering plays, which they miscall reviving.
Page 121 - You have heads -capable of advising what is best ; you have judgment and experience to discern what is right ; and you have power and opportunity to execute what you determine. What time so proper for action ? What occasion so happy ? And when can you hope for such another, if this be neglected ? Has not Philip, contrary to all treaties, insulted you...
Page 3 - Auspicious poet, wert thou not my friend, How could I envy, what I must commend! But since 'tis nature's law, in love and wit, That youth should reign, and withering age submit, With less regret those laurels I resign, Which, dying on my brows, revive on thine.
Page 283 - I perceive you have not yet thoroughly purged yourfelf from, which is flattery : you have beftowed fo much of that upon me in your letter, that I hope you have no more left, and that you meant it only to take your leave of fuch flights of fancy, which, however well meant, oftener put a man out of countenance than oblige him.
Page 113 - He shall bring with him, if you will, a young Poet, newly inspir'd, in the neighbourhood of Cooper's Hill, whom he and Walsh have taken under their Wing; his name is Pope; he is not above Seventeen or Eighteen Years of Age and promises Miracles; If he goes on as he has begun, in the Pastoral way, as Virgil first try'd his Strength, we may hope to see English Poetry vie with the Roman, and this Swan of Windsor sing as sweetly as the Mantuan.
Page 241 - For when the breath of man goeth forth, he shall turn again to his earth, and then all his thoughts perish.

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