Dictionary of National Biography, Volume 14

Front Cover
Leslie Stephen
Macmillan, 1888 - Great Britain

Selected pages

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 416 - Like to the senators of the antique Rome, With the plebeians swarming at their heels, Go forth and fetch their conquering Caesar in : As, by a lower but loving likelihood, Were now the general of our gracious empress, As in good time he may, from Ireland coming, Bringing rebellion broached on his sword, How many would the peaceful city quit, To welcome him ! much more, and much more cause, Did they this Harry.
Page 94 - Sir William would sometimes, when he was pleasant over a glasse of Wine with his most intimate friends — eg Sam Butler, author of Hudibras, etc. — say, that it seemed to him that he writt with the very spirit that did Shakespeare, and seemed contented enough to be thought his Son.
Page 96 - But it is high time to strike sail and cast anchor, though I have run but half my course, when at the helm I am threatened with death ; who, though he can visit us but once, seems troublesome ; and even in the innocent may beget such a gravity, as diverts the music of verse.
Page 95 - The kinge is pleased to take faith, death, slight, for asseverations, and no oaths, to which I doe humbly submit as my masters judgment; but, under favour, conceive them to be oaths, and enter them here, to declare my opinion and submission.
Page 75 - Therefore my success as a man of science, whatever this may have amounted to, has been determined, as far as I can judge, by complex and diversified mental qualities and conditions. Of these, the most important have been the love of science, unbounded patience in long reflecting over any subject, industry in observing and collecting facts, and a fair share of invention as well as of common sense.
Page 176 - Letters, addressed chiefly to a young gentleman, upon subjects of literature: including a translation of Euclid's section of the canon; and his treatise on harmonic; with an explanation of the Greek musical modes, according to the doctrine of Ptolemy.
Page 70 - I overwork my brain ; but facts compel me to conclude that my brain was never formed for much thinking. We are resolved to go for two or three months, when I have finished, to Ilkley, or some such place, to see if I can anyhow give my health a good start, for it certainly has been wretched of late, and has incapacitated me for everything.

Bibliographic information