The Dictionary of National Biography

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Sir Leslie Stephen
Macmillan, 1899 - Great Britain
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Page 282 - It was true, we give law to hares and deer, because they be beasts of chase ; but it was never accounted either cruelty, or foul play, to knock foxes and wolves on the head as they can be found, because they be beasts of prey.
Page 122 - To move a horror skilfully, to touch a soul to the quick, to lay upon fear as much as it can bear, to wean and weary a life till it is ready to drop, and then step in with mortal instruments to take its last forfeit : this only a Webster can do. Inferior geniuses may " upon horror's head horrors accumulate,
Page 308 - On the road I read over Lord King's account of the primitive church. In spite of the vehement prejudice of my education, I was ready to believe that this was a fair and impartial draught. But if so, it would follow, that bishops and presbyters are (essentially) of one order; and that originally every Christian congregation was a church independent on all others...
Page 261 - What, said he, surely you mistook the matter, you will refer yourselves wholly to us therein? No, by the faith I bear to God, said I, we will pass nothing before we understand what it is; for that were but to make you popes; make you popes who list, said I, for we will make you none.
Page 93 - Plantagenets Tragicall Story. Or, the Death of King Edward the Fourth; with the unnaturall Voyage of Richard the Third through the Red Sea of his Nephews innocent blood, to his usurped Crowne, by TW , Gent.
Page 413 - Grown all to all, from no one vice exempt; And most contemptible to shun contempt; His passion still, to covet general praise, His life, to forfeit it a thousand ways ; A constant bounty which no friend has made; An angel tongue, which no man can persuade! A fool, with more of wit than half mankind, Too rash for thought, for action too refined...
Page 154 - The Phoenix of these late times : Or the life of Mr. Henry Welby, Esq. who lived at his house in Grub-street forty foure yeares, and in that space was never seene by any.
Page 462 - DOCTRINE of LIMITS, with its Applications: namely, Conic Sections ; the first Three Sections of Newton ; and the Differential Calculus.
Page 300 - The point on which we desired all the preachers to speak their minds at large, was, " Whether we ought to separate from the Church ? " Whatever was advanced on one side or the other, was seriously and calmly considered ; and on the third day we were all fully agreed, in that general conclusion, That (whether it was lawful or not) it was no ways expedient.
Page 34 - Watson, in fact, was a purely literary poet. At Oxford, says Antony Wood, he spent his time 'not in logic and philosophy, as he ought to have done, but in the smooth and pleasant studies of poetry and romance.

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