Henry Dundas, Viscount Melville

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The University Press, 1916 - Great Britain - 146 pages
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Page 31 - O, for a muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven of invention ! A kingdom for a stage, princes to act, And monarchs to behold the swelling scene ! Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, Assume the port of Mars ; and, at his heels, Leash'd in like hounds, should famine, sword, and fire, Crouch for employment.
Page 109 - So that day still I hail with a smile and a sigh, For his beer with an E, and his bier with an I ; And still on that day, in the hottest of weather, The whole Whitbread family dine all together. — So long as the beams of this house shall support The roof which o'ershades this respectable Court, Where Hastings was tried for oppressing the Hindoos ; So long as that sun shall shine in at those windows, My name shall shine bright as my ancestor's shines, Mine recorded in journals, his blazoned on signs...
Page 13 - Here* there was no broken fortune to be mended ! Here was no avarice to be gratified! Here was no beggarly, mushroom kindred to be provided for ! No crew of hungry followers, gaping to be gorged ! " f Leave was given to bring in the bill.
Page 90 - Abbot (after looking as white as a sheet, and pausing for ten minutes), gave the casting vote against us. Pitt immediately put on the little cocked hat that he was in the habit of wearing when dressed for the evening, and jammed it deeply over his forehead, and I distinctly saw the tears trickling down his cheeks. We had overheard one or two, such as Colonel Wardle (of notorious memory), say they would see
Page 87 - We worldly men, when we see friends and kinsmen, Past hope sunk in their fortunes, lend no hand To lift them up, but rather set our feet Upon their heads, to press them to the bottom...
Page 16 - ... who has divided the Kingdom with Caesar; so that it was a doubt whether the nation should be ruled by the sceptre of George the Third, or the tongue of Fox.
Page ix - Nor is it always in the most distinguished achievements that men's virtues or vices may be best discerned; but very often an action of small note, a short saying, or a jest, shall distinguish a person's real character more than the greatest sieges, or the most important battles.
Page 76 - Scots were in dismay and distraction. It might truly be said they knew not which way to look, or whither to turn. Perhaps it might be yet more truly said, that they knew not when to turn. But such a crisis was too sharp to last ; it passed away ; and then was to be seen a proof of Mr.
Page 19 - And that the Tyrian merchant sought of old *, " Not dreaming then of BRITAIN'S brighter fame. 70 " She rears to Freedom an undaunted race : " Compatriot, zealous, hospitable, kind, " Her's the warm CAMBRIAN : her's the lofty SCOT, " To hardship tam'd, active in arts and arms, " Fir'd with a restless, an impatient flame, 75 " That leads him raptur'd where Ambition calls...
Page 104 - In a word, the case proved against him was not by any means so clear as to give us the right to charge the great majority of his Peers with corrupt and dishonourable conduct in acquitting him ; while it is a known fact that the Judges who attended the trial were, with the exception of the Lord Chief Justice, all clearly convinced of his innocence.

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