Travels Through Germany: Containing Observations on Customs, Manners, Religion, Government, Commerce, Arts, and Antiquities : with a Particular Account of the Courts of Mecklenburg in a Series of Letters to a Friend, Volume 1

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Edward and Charles Dilly, 1768 - Germany - 395 pages

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Page 134 - Liberty, thou goddess heav'nly bright ! Profuse of bliss, and pregnant with delight ! Eternal pleasures in thy presence reign, And smiling Plenty leads thy wanton train ; Eas'd of her load Subjection grows more light, And Poverty looks cheerful in thy sight ; Thou mak'st the gloomy face of nature gay, Giv'st beauty to the sun, and pleasure to the day.
Page 143 - Then cheers his heart with what his fate affords, And chants his sonnet to deceive the time, Till the due season calls him to repose : Thus I...
Page 171 - ... was behind, Megara before me ; Piraeus on the right, Corinth on the left ; all which towns, once famous and flourishing, now lie overturned, and buried in their ruins : upon this sight I could not but think presently within myself, alas ! how do we poor mortals fret and vex ourselves, if any of our friends happen to die, or to be killed, whose life is yet so short, when the carcasses of so many noble cities lie here exposed before me in one view...
Page 289 - And cluftring grapes with purple fpread. The faireft of his fruit he ferves, Priapus, thy rewards : Sylvanus too his part deferves* Whofe care the fences guards. Sometimes beneath an ancient oak, Or on the matted grafs he lies ; No God of fleep he need invoke ; The ftream that o'er the pebbles flies With gentle (lumber crowns his eyes.
Page 289 - HOR. Epod. Ode II. •HAPPY the man, whom bounteous gods allow With his own hands paternal grounds to plough ! Like the firft golden mortals happy, he, From bufinefs and the cares of money free! No human ftorms break off at land his fleep ; No loud alarms of nature on the deep : ' From all the cheats of law he lives fecure, Nor does th...
Page 170 - When th' humble roof Anchifes' fon explor'd Of good Evander, wealth-defpifing king, Amid the thickets : fo revolves the fcene ; So time ordains, who rolls the things of pride From duft again to duft. Behold that heap Of...
Page 289 - Despise a mean but safe retreat ; I'll ne'er contrive my own undoing, Nor stoop so low as to be great ' The faithless court, the pensive 'change, What solid pleasures can they give? Oh let me in the country range, 'Tis there we breathe, 'tis there we live. ' The beauteous scene of lofty mountains, Smiling valleys, murmuring fountains, Lambs in flowery pastures bleating, Ecclios our complaints repeating ; Birds in cheerful!
Page 158 - Tfris fixes the situation of the Varini and the Angli, the former inhabiting that part of the Duchy of Mecklenburg which extends along the banks of the Warnow ; and the latter the remaining part of the country as far as Lubeck. Such a display of erudition was at first productive of surprise, but afterwards created a good deal of merriment; the company wishing Dr. Nugent joy, that Dr. B. had proved the Mecklenburghers and the Knglish to be one and the same nation.
Page 342 - Ambition in idleness, meanness mixed with pride, a desire of riches without industry, aversion to truth, flattery, perfidy, violation of engagements, contempt of civil duties, fear of the prince's virtue, hope from his weakness, but, above all, a perpetual ridicule cast upon virtue, are, I think, the characteristics by which most courtiers in all ages and countries have been constantly distinguished.
Page 143 - AS when a traveller, a long day paft In painful fearch of what he cannot find, At night's approach, content with the next cot, There ruminates...

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