The general biographical dictionary. Revised by A. Chalmers

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1813
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Page 50 - Congreve was not tenable: whatever glosses he might use for the defence or palliation of single passages, the general tenour and tendency of his plays must always be condemned. It is acknowledged, with universal conviction, that the perusal of his works will make no man better; and that their ultimate effect is to represent pleasure in alliance with vice, and to relax those obligations by which life ought to be regulated.
Page 474 - And as for the pope, I refuse him, as Christ's enemy, and Antichrist, with all his false doctrine.
Page 96 - We were now treading that illustrious island, which was once the luminary of the Caledonian regions, whence savage clans and roving barbarians derived the benefits of knowledge, and the blessings of religion. To abstract the mind from all local emotion would be impossible, if it were endeavoured, and would be foolish, if it were possible. Whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses; whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future predominate over the present, advances...
Page 161 - Looking tranquillity ! It strikes an awe And terror on my aching sight; the tombs And monumental caves of death look cold, And shoot a dullness to my trembling heart.
Page 232 - For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.
Page 381 - I believe I can tell the particular little chance that filled my head first with such chimes of verse as have never since left ringing there.
Page 316 - Complete Angler; or, The Contemplative Man's Recreation : being a Discourse of Rivers. Fishponds, Fish and Fishing, written by IZAAK WALTON ; and Instructions how to Angle for a Trout or Grayling in a clear Stream, by CHARLES COTTON.
Page 245 - Historicall Relation of the Military Government of Gloucester: From the beginning of the Civill Warre Betweene King and Parliament to the removall of Colonell Massie from that Government to the Command of the Westerne Forces.
Page 62 - A Discourse of Freethinking, occasioned by the rise and growth of a Sect called Freethinkers*.
Page 49 - I shall say the less of Mr. Collier, because in many things he has taxed me justly; and I have pleaded guilty to all thoughts and expressions of mine, which can be truly argued of obscenity, profaneness, or immorality; and retract them. If he be my enemy, let him triumph ; if he be my friend, as I have given him no personal occasion to be otherwise, he will be glad of my repentance.

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