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Page 17 - Bodies. For Instance : That the Earth by the continual Approaches of the Sun towards it, must in Course of Time be absorbed or swallowed up. That the Face of the Sun will, by degrees, be encrusted with its own Effluvia, and give no more Light to the World.
Page 17 - ... a blazing tail ten hundred thousand and fourteen miles long; through which if the earth should pass at the distance •of one hundred thousand' miles from the nucleus or main body of the comet, it must in its passage be set on fire, and reduced to .ashes. That the sun daily spending its rays without any nutriment to supply them, will .at last be wholly consumed and annihilated ; •which must be attended with the destruction of this earth, and of all the planets that receive their light from...
Page 182 - ... excessive vehemence and energy. These orators are remarkable for their distinct elocution and force of expression; they dwell on the important particles of and the...
Page 164 - The tunes themselves have also been new set to jiggish measures, and the sober drawl, which used to accompany the two first staves of the hundredth Psalm, with the Gloria Patri, is now split into as many quavers as an Italian air.
Page 182 - I am equally offended with whisperers or low speakers, who seem to fancy all their acquaintance deaf, and come up so close to you, that they may be said to measure noses with you, and frequently overcome you with the exhalations of a powerful breath.
Page 184 - Poets, that prick up their ears at their own hideous braying, are no better than asses : critics in general are venomous serpents, that delight in hissing ; and some of them, who have got by heart a few technical terms without knowing their meaning, are no other than magpies.
Page 183 - ... cats, &c. have each a particular language to themselves, like different nations. Thus it may be supposed that the nightingales of Italy have as fine an ear for their...
Page 167 - ... bills, glewed upon the lining of their hats. This pious duty is no sooner performed, than the exercise of bowing and courtesying succeeds : the locking and unlocking of the pews drowns the reader's voice at the beginning of the service ; and the rustling of silks, added to the whispering and tittering of so much good company, renders him totally unintelligible to the very end of it. I am, dear Cousin, yours, &c.
Page 179 - Paris with universal applause for several nights together, there is a character of a rough Englishman, who is represented as quite unskilled in the graces of conversation ; and his dialogue consists almost entirely of a repetition of the common salutation of how do you do ? Our nation has indeed, been generally supposed to be of a sullen and uncommunicative disposition ; while, on the other hand, the loquacious French have been allowed to possess the art of conversing beyond all other people. The...
Page 183 - ... and consider the organs of speech as the instruments of understanding : we should be very careful not to use them as the weapons of vice, or tools of folly, and do our utmost to unlearn any trivial or ridiculous habits, which tend to lessen the value of such an inestimable prerogative. It is, indeed, imagined by some philosophers, that even birds and beasts (though without the power of articulation) perfectly understand one another by the sounds they utter ; and that dogs, cats, &c.