A Catalogue of the Royal and Noble Authors of England: With Lists of Their Works

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W. H. Lunn, Cambridge; J. Mundell & Company Edinburgh; and for J. Mundell, Glasgow, 1796 - 339 pages
 

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Page 242 - ONE of those divine men, who, like a chapel in a palace, remain unprofaned, while all the rest is tyranny, corruption, and folly...
Page 22 - Christ was the word that spake it, He took the bread and brake it, And what that word did make it, That I believe and take it.
Page 235 - William. He had as much wit as his first master, or his contemporaries, Buckingham and Rochester ; without the royal want of feeling, the Duke's want of principles, or the Earl's want of thought. The latter said with astonishment, ' That he did not know how it was, but Lord Dorset might do any thing, and yet was never to blame...
Page 258 - With attachment to no party, though with talents to govern any party, this lively man changed the free air of Westminster for the gloom of the Escurial, the prospect of King George's garter for the Pretender's ; and, with indifference to all religion, the frolic lord, who had writ the ballad on the Archbishop of Canterbury, died in the habit of a capuchin.
Page 254 - Nottingham for his most noble defence of the catholic faith.. contained in his answer to Mr. Whiston's letter concerning the eternity of the Son of GOD and of the Holy Ghost.
Page 129 - When we, at this distance of time, inquire what prodigious merits excited such admiration, what do we find? Great valour. — But it was an age of heroes. — In full of all other talents, we have a tedious, lamentable, pedantic, pastoral romance, which the patience of a young virgin in love cannot now wade through; and some absurd attempts to fetter English verse in Roman chains; a proof that this applauded author understood little of the genius of his own language.
Page 302 - Duchess, who, like the proud Duke of Espernon, lived to brave the successors in a court where she had domineered, wound up her capricious life, where it seems she had begun it, with an apology for her conduct. The piece, though weakened by the prudence of those who were to correct it, though maimed by her Grace's own corrections, and though great part of it is rather the annals of a wardrobe than of a reign, yet has still curious anecdotes, and a few of those sallies of wit which fourscore years...
Page 32 - Quotations, puns, witticisms, superstition, oaths, vanity, prerogative, and pedantry, the ingredients of all his sacred majesty's performances, were the pure produce of his own capacity, and deserving all the incense offered to such immense erudition by the divines of his age, and the flatterers of his court.
Page 303 - ... places in her imagination and in her narrative. The Revolution left no impression on her mind, but of Queen Mary turning up bed-clothes ; and the Protestant Hero, but of a selfish glutton who devoured a dish of peas from his sister-in-law. Little circumstances indeed convey the most...
Page 323 - An Account of the Affairs of Scotland, RELATING TO THE REVOLUTION IN 1688. As sent to the late King James II., when in France.

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