Letters ... descriptive of ... travels in Europe, Asia, and Africa, with biogr. sketch

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Page xxviii - And only dwells where Wortley casts her eyes. What are the gay parterre, the chequered shade, The morning bower, the evening colonnade, But soft recesses of uneasy minds, To sigh unheard in to the passing winds ? So the struck deer in some sequestered part Lies down to die, the arrow at his heart ; There stretched unseen in coverts hid from day, Bleeds drop by drop, and pants his life away.
Page xxxvi - I called a white staff a stick of wood, a gold key gilded brass, and the ensigns of illustrious orders coloured strings, this may be philosophically true^ but would be very ill received. We have all our playthings; happy are they that can be contented with those they can obtain : those hours are spent in the wisest manner that can easiest shade the ills of life, and are the least productive of ill consequences. I think my time better employed in. reading...
Page xxviii - tis true — this truth you lovers know — In vain my structures rise, my gardens grow ; In vain fair Thames reflects the double scenes Of hanging mountains, and of sloping greens: Joy lives not here ; to happier seats it flies, And only dwells where Wortley casts her eyes.
Page xxxi - Walpole's, then prime minister), to have not taken out of the commandments, and clapped into the creed, the ensuing session of parliament. This bold attempt for the liberty of the subject is wholly projected by Mr Walpole, who proposed it to the Secret Committee in his parlour. William...
Page xxxix - ... of the tower of Babel. An Hungarian servant takes your name at the door; he gives it to an Italian, who delivers it to a Frenchman ; the Frenchman to a Swiss, and the Swiss to a Polander ; so that by the time you get to her ladyship's presence, you have changed your name five times without the expense of an act of parliament.
Page xxi - I hope there will never be occasion for this precaution ; but, however, 'tis necessary to make it.
Page 98 - I was at last forced to open my shirt, and shew them my stays; which satisfied them very well ; for, I saw, they believed I was locked up in that machine, and that it was not in my own power to open it, which contrivance they attributed to my husband.
Page 240 - Perhaps you 11 say, what's that to you ? Believe me, friend, much may be said On this poor couple that are dead. On Sunday next they should have married ; But see how oddly things are carried ! On Thursday last it rain'd and lighten'd; These tender lovers, sadly frighten'd, Shelter'd beneath the cocking hay, In hopes to pass the time away ; But the bold thunder found them out (Commission'd for that end, no doubt), And, seizing on their trembling breath, Consign'd them to the shades of death. Who...
Page xvii - ... twenty thousand, the first would be my choice. There is something of an unavoidable embarras in making what is called a great figure in the world; [it] takes off from the happiness of life...
Page 96 - The first sofas were covered with cushions and rich carpets, on which sat the ladies; and on the second, their slaves behind them, but without any distinction of rank by their dress, all being in the state of nature, that is, in plain English, stark naked, without any beauty or defect concealed.

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