The Works of Samuel Johnson...

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H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1825 - English literature
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Page 27 - but by devout prayer to that Eternal Spirit that can enrich with all utterance and knowledge, and send out his seraphim with the hallowed fire of his altar, to touch and purify the lips of whom he pleases." Having invoked the special protection of Heaven, and
Page 322 - have died hereafter , There would have been a time for such a word. To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to-day. To the last syllable of (2) recorded time ; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle ! Life's but
Page 321 - Macbeth. I have liv'd long enough ; my -way of life, Is fall'n into the sear, the yellow leaf. As there is no relation between the way of life, and fallen into the sear, I am inclined to think, that the W is only an M inverted, and that it was originally written, My May of life.
Page 304 - whose plan obliged him to make Macbeth yield, has not confuted, though he might easily have shown that a former obligation could not be vacated by a latter. NOTE XVII. LETTING I dare not, wait upon I would, Like the poor cat i' th' adage. The adage alluded to is, The cat loves fish, but dares not
Page 309 - Put rancours in the vessel of my peace Only for them, and mine eternal jewel Given to the (2) common enemy of man, To make them kings—the seed of Banquo kings. Rather than so, come fate into the list, (3) And champion me to th' utterance (1) As it is said, Anthony's was by
Page 371 - and insipid ; his comic wit degenerating into clenches, his serious swelling into bombast. But he is always great, when some great occasion is presented to him ; no man can say, he ever had a lit subject for his wit, and did not then raise himself as high above the rest of
Page 346 - an hour should not be a century in that calenture of the brain that can make the stage a field. The truth is, that the spectators are always in their senses, and know, from the first act to the last, that the stage is only a stage, and that the players are only players. They
Page 309 - him father to a line of kings. Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown, And put a barren sceptre in my gripe, Thence to be wrench'd with an unlineal hand, No son of mine succeeding. If 'tis so, For Banquo's issue have I
Page 35 - MY LoRD, " When upon some slight encouragement, I first visited your lordship, I was overpowered, like the rest of mankind, by the enchantment of your address, and could not forbear to wish, that I might boast myself It vainqueur du vainqueur de
Page 107 - Safe in his pow'r, whose eyes discern afar The secret ambush of a specious pray'r ; Implore his aid, in his decisions rest, Secure, whate'er he gives, he gives the best. Yet, when the sense of sacred presence fires, And strong devotion to the skies aspires, Pour forth

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