Memoirs of the life of ... sir James Mackintosh [extr. from letters and journals] ed. by R.J. Mackintosh, Volume 2

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Page 53 - Fair laughs the morn, and soft the zephyr blows, While proudly riding o'er the azure realm In gallant trim the gilded vessel goes; Youth on the prow, and Pleasure at the helm; Regardless of the sweeping whirlwind's sway, That, hush'd in grim repose, expects his evening prey.
Page 398 - With uncouth rhymes and shapeless sculpture decked, Implores the passing tribute of a sigh. Their name, their years, spelt by the unlettered muse, The place of fame and elegy supply : And many a holy text around she strews, That teach the rustic moralist to die.
Page 467 - And just abandoning th' ungrateful stage: Unprofitably kept at Heaven's expense, I live a rent-charge on his providence: But you, whom every muse and grace adorn, Whom I foresee to better fortune born, Be kind to my remains; and oh defend, Against your judgment, your departed friend! Let not the insulting foe my fame pursue; But shade those laurels which descend to you: And take for tribute what these lines express; You merit more; nor could my love do less.
Page 503 - ... passions, and arrange the conflicting interests of nations ; whatever could promote peace, increase knowledge, extend commerce, diminish crime, and encourage industry ; whatever could exalt human character, and could enlarge human understanding, struck at once at the heart of your father, and roused all his faculties. I have seen him in a moment when this spirit came upon him — like a great ship of war — cut his cable, and spread his enormous canvas, and launch into a wide sea of reasoning...
Page 345 - The address and insinuation of Brougham are so great, that nothing but the bad temper which he cannot always hide could hinder him from mastering everybody as he does Romilly. He leads others to his opinion ; he generally appears at first to concur with theirs, and never more than half opposes it at once. This management is helped by an air of easy frankness that would lay suspicion itself asleep. He will place himself at the head of an opposition among whom he is unpopular ; he will conquer the...
Page 23 - Nelson is, undoubtedly, the best of those poetical effusions that he has published since he came to India. The following apostrophe to the blood of that hero has a sublimity of thought, and happiness of expression, which never could have been attained but by a true poet : — VOL.
Page 54 - It is impossible, I think, to look into the interior of any religious sect, without thinking better of it. I ought, indeed, to confine myself to those of Christian Europe ; but, with that limitation, it seems to me that the remark is true — whether I look at the Jansenists of Port Royal, or the Quakers in Clarkson, or the Methodists in these journals. All these sects, which appear dangerous or ridiculous at a distance, assume a much more amiable...
Page 43 - Her merit — her extraordinary merit, both as a moralist and as a woman of genius — consists in her having selected a class of virtues far more difficult to treat as the subject of fiction than others, and which had, therefore, been left by former writers to her.
Page 389 - Proiecere animas. Quam vellent aethere in alto Nunc et pauperiem et duros perferre labores ! Fas obstat, tristique palus inamabilis unda Alligat, et noviens Styx interfusa coercet.
Page 393 - He thought [252 it a great and striking proof of magnanimity, that the darling point of honour of our country, the British flag itself, which " for a thousand years had braved the battle and the breeze...

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