Political and ethical

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E. Moxon, 1876
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Page 293 - Of these, said I, shall be my song ; of these, If future years mature me for the task, Will I record the praises, making verse Deal boldly with substantial things ; in truth And sanctity of passion, speak of these, That justice may be done, obeisance paid Where it is due : thus haply shall I teach, Inspire ; through unadulterated ears Pour rapture, tenderness, and hope, — my theme No other than the very heart of man, As found among the best of those who live...
Page 34 - Indeed, bitter and earnest writing must not hastily be condemned ; for men cannot contend coldly, and without affection, about things which they hold dear and precious.
Page 324 - Since therefore the knowledge and survey of vice is in this world so necessary to the constituting of human virtue, and the scanning of error to the confirmation of truth, how can we more safely, and with less danger scout into the regions of sin and falsity than by reading all manner of tractates, and hearing all manner of reason ? And this is the benefit which may be had of books promiscuously read.
Page 293 - Theirs is the language of the heavens, the power, The thought, the image, and the silent joy: Words are but under-agents in their souls; When they are grasping with their greatest strength They do not breathe among them...
Page 293 - Where knowledge leads me; it shall be my pride That I have dared to tread this holy ground, Speaking no dream, but things oracular, Matter not lightly to be heard by those Who to the letter of the outward promise Do read the invisible soul...
Page 182 - All the places and forts in the kingdom of Portugal, occupied by the French troops, shall be delivered up to the British army, in the state in which they are at the period of the signature of the present Convention.
Page 326 - Give unto me, made lowly wise, The spirit of self-sacrifice ; The confidence of reason give ; And in the light of truth thy bondman let me live ! 1805.
Page xiv - Concerning the Relations of Great Britain, Spain, and Portugal, to each other and to the common Enemy, at this crisis, and specifically as affected by the Convention of Cintra, the whole brought to the Test of those Principles by which alone the independence and freedom of Nations can be preserved or recovered.
Page 189 - They abandoned their dwellings at our approach, drove away their carts oxen, and every thing that could be of the smallest aid to the army.
Page 349 - Give me leave again to insist on the utility and importance of such an establishment. The more I reflect upon the subject, the more I am convinced of its necessity, and that affairs can never be properly conducted without it.