A Universal Biography: Including Scriptual, Classical and Mythological Memoirs, Together with Accounts of Many Eminent Living Characters, Volume 1

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Mayhew, Isaac and Company, 1834 - Biography

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Page 48 - No greater felicity can genius attain than that of having purified intellectual pleasure, separated mirth from indecency, and wit from licentiousness ; of having taught a succession of writers to bring elegance and gaiety to the aid of goodness ; and, to use expressions yet more awful, of having " turned many to righteousness.
Page 331 - Thou hast tasted of prosperity and adversity; thou knowest what it is to be banished thy native country, to be over-ruled, as well as to rule, and sit upon the throne; and being oppressed, thou hast reason to know how hateful the oppressor is both to God and man...
Page 256 - That according to the covenant Of eternal life revealed in the Scriptures, man may be translated from hence into that eternal life, without passing through death, although the human nature of Christ himself could not be thus translated till he had passed through death.
Page 128 - The weather proved favourable to their enterprise. Under the cover of a thick fog they escaped the fleet of Allectus, which had been stationed off the Isle of Wight to receive them, landed in safety on some part of the western coast, and convinced the Britons that a superiority of naval strength will not always protect their country from a foreign invasion.
Page 274 - I do."—" If you do, my lord, it is but lately. May I beg to know what new light or arguments have prevailed with you now, to entertain an opinion...
Page 85 - Distinctions of colour are of his ordination. It is he who gives existence. In your temples, to his name the voice is raised in prayer : in a house of images, where the bell is shaken, still he is the object of adoration. To vilify the religion or customs of other men, is to set at naught the pleasure of the Almighty.
Page 48 - outsteps the modesty of nature,' nor raises merriment or wonder by the violation of truth. His figures neither divert by distortion nor amaze by aggravation. He copies life with so much fidelity that he can...
Page 185 - Parliament ?' The Bishop of Durham readily answered, ' God forbid, Sir, but you should. You are the breath of our nostrils.' Whereupon the King turned and said to the Bishop of Winchester, 'Well, my lord, what say you ? ' ' Sir,' replied the Bishop, ' I have no skill to judge of Parliamentary cases.' The King answered, ' No put-offs, my lord ; answer me presently.
Page 338 - It appears strange that you do that for your son, which you refused to do for your husband;" to which she nobly replied, " I did not ask pardon for my husband, because he was innocent ; I ask it for my son, because he is guilty.
Page 320 - ... were fully sufficient to satisfy both his wants and his wishes. Upon this he retired to Oxford, for the benefit of the Bodleian library; and Dr.

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