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Page 370 - The bower of wanton Shrewsbury and love ; Or just as gay at council, in a ring Of mimic statesmen, and their merry king. No wit to flatter left of all his store ; No fool to laugh at, which he valued more ; There victor of his health, of fortune, friends, And fame, this lord of useless thousands ends.
Page 252 - Endowed with a great command over herself, she " soon obtained an uncontrolled ascendant over her people ; and " while she merited all their esteem by her real virtues, she " also engaged their affections by her pretended ones. Few " Sovereigns of England succeeded to the throne in more
Page 334 - nature could be contented with: ... it had power to " reconcile him to those whom he had most offended and pro" voked, and continued to his age with that rare felicity that " his company was acceptable where his spirit was odious, and he " was at least pitied where he was most
Page 348 - have, she must be as good a woman as ever was born. Her conversation, as much as I can perceive, is very good, for she has wit enough, and a most agreeable voice. You will wonder to see how well we are acquainted already ; in a word, I think myself very happy, for
Page 251 - There are few great personages in history who have been " more exposed to the calumny of enemies and the adulations of " friends than Queen Elizabeth, and yet there is scarce any whose " reputation has been more certainly determined by the
Page 289 - was very fearless in his person, but, in his riper years, " not very enterprising. He had an excellent understanding, but " was not confident enough of it; which made him oftentimes " change his own opinion for a worse, and follow the advice of " men that did not judge so well as himself.
Page 324 - had a clear conception of the whole policy of the government " both of Church and State. He had, in the plain way of " speaking and delivery without much ornament of elocution, a " strange power of making himself believed—the only justifiable
Page 332 - Mr. Hyde was wont to say that he " valued himself upon nothing more than upon having had " Mr. Selden's acquaintance from the time he was very young ; " and held it, with great delight, as long as they were suffered
Page 105 - lived his power stood firm, an object of mingled aversion, admiration, and dread to his subjects. Few indeed loved his government ; but those who hated it most hated it less than they feared it. Had it been a worse government, it might perhaps have been overthrown in spite of all its strength. Had it been a weaker