The reigning vice: a satirical essay [by C.H. Townshend. In verse].

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Longman, 1827 - 182 pages
 

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Page 73 - Yet be it less or more, or soon or slow, It shall be still in strictest measure even To that same lot, however mean or high, Toward which Time leads me, and the will of Heaven ; All is, if I have grace to use it so, As ever in my great Task-Master's eye.
Page vi - Shame to the virgin, to the matron pride, Fear to the statesman, rashness to the chief, To kings presumption, and to crowds belief: That, virtue's ends from vanity can raise...
Page 75 - Jamais la méchanceté ne fut plus loin de moi que dans ce cruel moment, et lorsque je chargeai cette malheureuse fille, il est bizarre, mais il est vrai que mon amitié pour elle en fut la cause.
Page 76 - Mon troisième enfant fut donc mis aux Enfants-Trouvés, ainsi que les premiers, et il en fut de même des deux suivants, car j'en ai eu cinq en tout. Cet arrangement me parut si bon, si sensé, si légitime, que si je ne m'en vantai pas ouvertement, ce fut uniquement par égard pour la mère...
Page 35 - Self is that conscious thinking thing (whatever substance made up of, whether spiritual or material, simple or compounded, it matters not) which is sensible or conscious of pleasure and pain, capable of happiness or misery, and so is concerned for itself, as far as that consciousness extends.
Page ix - I was cast, To act and suffer, but remount at last With a fresh pinion ; which I feel to spring, Though young, yet waxing vigorous as the blast Which it would cope with, on delighted wing, Spurning the clay-cold bonds which round our being cling.
Page 131 - Often he imitates their cry, and decoys them from tree to tree, till they are within range of his tube. Then taking a poisoned arrow from his quiver, he puts it in the blow-pipe, and collects his breath for the fatal puff. About two feet from the end through which he blows, there are fastened two teeth of the Acouri, and these serve him for a sight. Silent and swift the arrow flies, and seldom fails to pierce the object at which it is sent.
Page vii - Say first, of God above, or man below, What can we reason, but from what we know? Of man, what see we but his station here, From which to reason, or to which refer?
Page 74 - Elle nie enfin avec assurance, mais sans emportement, m'apostrophe, m'exhorte à rentrer en moi-même, à ne pas déshonorer une fille innocente qui ne m'a jamais fait de mal; et moi, avec une impudence infernale, je confirme...
Page 178 - Greece, slew him, after he had reigned six years and four months, with. general approbation. As an instance of the esteem which even his rebellious, army had for him, they erected him a sumptuous monument with this epitaph—" Here lies the emperor Probus, truly deServing the name ; asubduer of barbarians, and

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