Charles Knight: A Sketch

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R. Bentley & son, 1892 - Authors, English - 265 pages
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Page 255 - Some drill and bore The solid earth, and from the strata there Extract a register, by which we learn That He who made it and revealed its date To Moses, was mistaken in its age.
Page 55 - ... Your Graces,' By loathing common honesty, And lauding common places ; 1 think that some are very wise, And some are very funny, And some grow rich by telling lies, And some by telling money. " I think the Whigs are wicked knaves, And...
Page 132 - I tried) in my whole life — the addled heads who would take the average of cold in the Crimea during twelve months as a reason for clothing a soldier in nankeen on a night when he would be frozen to death in fur...
Page 54 - And studied man's component parts, And nature's compound fractions ; I think you've picked up truth by bits From foreigner and neighbour, I think the world has lost its wits, And you have lost your labour. " I think the studies of the wise, The hero's noisy quarrel, The majesty of woman's eyes, The poet's...
Page 98 - Oh, for one hour of Dundee !" One hour of De Quincey — better, three hours from nine till midnight — for a rapt listener to be "under the wand of a magician" — spell-bound by his wonderful affluence of talk, such as that of the fairy whose lips dropped rubies and diamonds. Many a night have I, with my wife by my side, sat listening to the equable flow of his discourse, both of us utterly forgetting the usual regularity of our habits, and hearing the drowsy watchman's " past one o'clock " (for...
Page 13 - When the obligations of morality are taught,' says a pious and celebrated writer, ' let the sanctions of Christianity never be forgotten : by which it will be shown that they give strength and lustre to each other : religion will appear to be the voice of reason, and morality will be the will of God...
Page 56 - Where tears and smiles are blended, Or like a faithless April day, Whose shine with shower is ended ; Like Colnbrook pavement, rather rough, Like trade, exposed to losses, And like a Highland plaid, all stuff, And very full of crosses. " I think the world, though dark it be, Has aye one rapturous pleasure...
Page 58 - I had gazed upon was, in my mind's eye, a man stern and repellant ; not to be approached with any attempt at familiarity ; whose opinions must be received with the most respectful deference ; whose mental superiority would be somewhat overwhelming. The Henry Brougham into whose chambers in Lincoln's Inn I was ushered on a November night was sitting amidst his briefs, evidently delighted to be interrupted for some thoughts more attractive.
Page 55 - Is like the mist which, as he flies, The horseman leaves behind him ; He cannot mark its wreaths arise, Or if he does, they blind him. I think one nod of mistress Chance Makes creditors of debtors, And shifts the funeral for the dance, The sceptre for the fetters ; I think that Fortune's favour'd guest May live to gnaw the platters, And he that wears the purple vest May wear the rags and tatters. I think the Tories love to buy "Your Lordships
Page 70 - ... with a premature conception of her probable high destiny — that she should enjoy the freedom and simplicity of a child's nature — that she should not be restrained when she starts up from the breakfast-table and runs to gather a flower in the adjoining parterre — that her merry laugh should be as fearless as the notes of the thrush in the groves around her. I passed on and blessed her ; and I thank God that I have lived to see the golden fruits of such training.

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