A Life of Lord Lyndhurst from Letters and Papers in Possession of His Family

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J. Murray, 1884 - Judges - 534 pages

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Page 24 - A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain. And drinking largely sobers us again. Fired at first sight with what the Muse imparts, In fearless youth we tempt the heights of arts, While from the bounded level of our mind Short views we take, nor see the lengths behind ; But, more...
Page 381 - Thus with the year Seasons return ; but not to me returns Day, or the sweet approach of even or morn, Or sight of vernal bloom, or summer's rose, Or flocks, or herds, or human face divine ; But cloud instead, and everduring dark Surrounds me, from the cheerful ways of men Cut off, and for the book of knowledge fair Presented with a universal blank Of nature's works, to me expunged and rased, And wisdom at one entrance quite shut out.
Page 14 - May it please your majesty, I have neither eyes to see, nor tongue to speak in this place, but as the House is pleased to direct me...
Page 2 - ... you are sensible that fame cannot be durable where pictures are confined to sitting rooms, and regarded only for the resemblance they bear to their originals. Were I sure of doing as well in Europe as here, I would not hesitate a moment in my choice ; but I might in the experiment waste a thousand pounds and two years of my time, and have to return baffled to America.
Page 13 - ... and was to all appearance in the agonies of death. This threw the whole House into confusion ; every person was upon his legs in a moment, hurrying from one place to another, some sending for assistance, others producing salts, and others reviving spirits. Many crowding about the Earl to observe his countenance ; all affected ; most part really concerned ; and even those who might have felt a secret pleasure at the accident, yet put on the appearance of distress, except only the Earl of M. *,...
Page 138 - Saw more than marks the crowd of vulgar men; They gaze and marvel how - and still confess That thus it is, but why they cannot guess.
Page 138 - Whose name appals the fiercest of his crew, And tints each swarthy cheek with sallower hue; Still sways their souls with that commanding art That dazzles, leads, yet chills the vulgar heart. What is that spell, that thus his lawless train Confess and envy, yet oppose in vain? What should it be, that thus their faith can bind? The power of Thought - the magic of the Mind!
Page 1 - I would gladly exchange my situation for the serene climate of Italy, or even that of England ; but what would be the advantage of seeking improvement at such an outlay of time and money. I am now in as good business as the poverty of this place will admit. I make as much as if I were a Raphael or a Correggio ; and three hundred guineas a year, my present income, is equal to nine hundred a year in London.
Page 129 - ... If there was no conspiracy to levy war against the King, there could not be a conspiracy to levy war in order to depose the King. Was there, lastly, then, a purpose to levy war to oblige the King to change his measures ? If there was no conspiracy to levy war against the King there could not be a conspiracy to levy war in order to compel the King to change his measures. These are the different charges against the prisoner at the bar. In all, the arguments and observations are the same, and they...
Page 258 - ... measure of a similar description with this ; and, my lords, I must say, that my colleagues and myself felt, when we adopted this measure, that we should be sacrificing ourselves and our popularity to that which we felt to be our duty to our sovereign and our country. We knew very well, that if we put ourselves at the head of the Protestant cry of " No Popery," we should be much more popular even than those who have excited against us that very cry.

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