Classical English Letter-writer, Or, Epistolary Selections: Designed to Improve Young Persons in the Art of Letter-writing and in the Principles of Virtue and Piety : with Introductory Rules and Observations on Epistolary Composition, and Biographical Notices of the Writers from Whom the Letters are Selected
Caleb Richardson, 1816 - English letters - 321 pages
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acquaintance Adieu affection affectionate affliction ALEXANDER POPE Almighty amiable ANNA SEWARD attention believe Bennet Langton bishop blessed CATHERINE TALBOT cheerful Christian comfort consolation CONYERS MIDDLETON dear madam dear sir death delight desire died Doddridge duty ELIZABETH CARTER ELIZABETH ROWE endeavour esteem eternal excellent Eyam eyes faithful father friendship give happiness hear heart Heaven honour hope human humble servant immortal James Boswell James Hervey kind lady LETTER Lichfield Lisbon live lord loss Lucy Porter ment mind moral mother nature ness never obliged pain perhaps person piety pious pleased pleasure Pope pray prayers present reason received religion RICHARD HURD SAMUEL BOYSE SAMUEL JOHNSON sincere soon sorrow soul spirit suffer sure Talbot tell temper tenderness thank thing thought tion truth vanity virtue WILLIAM WARBURTON wish write young youth
Page 121 - ... the world recedes it disappears heaven opens on my eyes my ears with sounds seraphic ring lend lend your wings i mount i fly o grave where is thy victory o death where is thy sting.
Page 302 - Friend ! may each domestic bliss be thine ! Be no unpleasing melancholy mine : Me, let the tender office long engage, To rock the cradle of reposing age, With lenient arts extend a mother's breath, Make languor smile, and smooth the bed of death, Explore the thought, explain the asking eye, And keep awhile one parent from the sky...
Page 122 - Sweet fields beyond the swelling flood Stand dressed in living green: So to the Jews old Canaan stood, While Jordan rolled between.
Page 225 - Poverty, my dear friend, is so great an evil, and pregnant with so much temptation, and so much misery, that I cannot but earnestly enjoin you to avoid it. Live on what you have, live if you can on less ; do not borrow either for vanity or pleasure; the vanity will end in shame, and the pleasure in regret: stay therefore at home, till you have saved money for your journey hither. The Beauties of Johnson are said to have got money to the collector; if the 'Deformities' have the same success, I shall...
Page 292 - I shall never envy the honours which wit and learning obtain in any other cause, if I can be numbered among the writers who have given ardour to virtue, and confidence to truth.
Page 197 - This exhibition has filled the heads of the artists and lovers of art. Surely life, if it be not long, is tedious, since we are forced to call in the assistance of so many trifles to rid us of our time, of that time which never can return.
Page 103 - When I reflect what an inconsiderable little atom every single man is, with respect to the whole creation, methiuks it is a shame to be concerned at the removal of such a trivial animal as I am. The morning after my exit the sun will rise as bright as ever, the flowers smell as sweet, the plants spring as green, the world will proceed in its old course, people will laugh as heartily and marry as fast as they were used to da
Page 102 - Sickness is a sort of early old age : it teaches us a diffidence in our earthly state, and inspires us with the thoughts of a future, better than a thousand volumes of philosophers and divines. It gives so warning a concussion to those props of our vanity, our strength and youth, that we think of fortifying ourselves within, when there is so little dependence upon our outworks.
Page 221 - No death, since that of my wife, has ever oppressed me like this. But let us remember, that we are in the hands of him who knows when to give and when to take away; who will look upon us, with mercy, through all our variations of existence, and who invites us to call on him in the day of trouble. Call upon him in this great revolution of life, and call with confidence.
Page 234 - Visitors are no proper companions in the chamber of sickness. They come when I could sleep or read, they stay till I am weary, they force me to attend when my mind calls for relaxation, and to speak when my powers will hardly actuate my tongue. The amusements and consolations of languor and depression are conferred by familiar and...