Picturesque Views, on the River Medway: From the Nore to the Vicinity of Its Source in Sussex: with Observations on the Public Buildings and Other Works of Art in Its Neighbourhood

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T. and J. Egerton, 1793 - Medway River (England) - 206 pages
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Page 30 - In this performance he shews by a variety of examples, that a curve is the line of beauty, and that round swelling figures are most pleasing to the eye ; and the truth of his opinion has been countenanced by subsequent writers on the subject.
Page 34 - Our Life is nothing but a Winter's Day; Some only break their Fast, and so away. Others stay Dinner, and depart full fed. The deepest Age but sups and goes to bed. He's most in Debt that lingers out the Day; Who dies betimes has less and less to pay.
Page 176 - 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...
Page 30 - ... his talents, as appeared by his having composed but six months before one of his most capital works, the satire on the Methodists. In revenge for this epistle, Hogarth caricatured Churchill under the form of a canonical bear, with a club and a pot of porter — Et vitulA tu dignus et hie. Never did two angry men of their abilities throw mud with less dexterity.
Page 183 - Han (whofe honour'd head Ah lies full low) piti'd thy wofull plight, There hadft thou lien unwept, unburied, Unbleft, nor grac't with any common rite : Yet fhalt thou live, when thy great foef fhall fink Beneath his mountain-tomb, whofe fame fhall ftink; And time his blacker name fhall blurre with blackeft ink.
Page 48 - Frindsbury, Kent.— Ireland, in his "Views of the Medway," speaks of a singular custom which used to be annually observed on May Day by the boys of Frindsbury and the neighbouring town of Stroud. " They met on Rochester Bridge, where a skirmish ensued between them. This combat probably derived its origin from a drubbing received by the monks of Rochester in the reign of Edward I.
Page 168 - Sir William Sydney, who enjoyed it but a few months: from him it devolved to his infant fon Sir Henry, who, from his childhood, was bred at court, and was the playmate and bed-fellow of Prince Edward. The young monarch afterwards made him Gentleman of the Privy Chamber; and is faid to have taken fo much delight in his company, as to have rarely permitted his abfence. The young prince expired in his arms at Greenwich foon after ; at which period Sir Henry retired to Penfhurft, there to indulge his...
Page 159 - ... murder and preventive confifcation, and that long roll of grim and bloody maxims, which form the political code of all power, not ftanding on its own honour, and the honour of thofe who are to obey it. Kings will be tyrants from policy wh^n fubjects are rebels from principle. When ancient opinions and rules of life are taken away, the lofs cannot poffibly be eftimated.
Page 184 - Go, Boy, and carve this paflion on the bark Of yonder tree, which (lands the facrcd mark Of noble Sydney's birth ; when furh benign, Such more than mortal-making liars did (bine, That there they cannot but for ever prove The monument and pledge of humble love ; i Iii humble love whufe hope (hall ne'er rife higher Than for a pardon that he darn admire.
Page 184 - Go, boy, and carve this passion on the bark Of yonder tree, which stands the sacred mark Of noble Sidney's birth ; when such benign, Such more than mortal-making stars did shine, That there they cannot but for ever prove The monument and pledge of humble love ; His humble love whose hope shall ne'er rise higher, Than for a pardon that he dares admire.

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