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Page 212 - I know the infirmity of our family : we are apt to play the boon companion and throw away our money in our cups. But it was an unfair thing in you, gentlemen, to take advantage of my weakness, to keep [a parcel of roaring bullies about me day and night, with huzzas and hunting horns, and ringing the changes on butcher's cleavers; never let me cool, and make me set my hand to papers when I could hardly hold my pen.
Page 100 - Aristotle saith, that the hyperbole is an ornament fit for young men of quality; accordingly we find in those gentlemen a wonderful propensity towards it, which is marvellously improved by travelling. Soldiers also and seamen are very happy in the same figure. The periphrasis, or circumlocution, is the peculiar talent of country farmers ; the proverb and apologue, of old men at their clubs ; the...
Page 372 - ... now at best but the reverse of what it was, a tree turned upside down, the branches on the earth, and the root in the air...
Page 372 - ... his green boughs, and left him a withered trunk; he then flies to art, and puts on a periwig, valuing himself upon an unnatural bundle of hairs, all covered with powder, that never grew on his head ; but now should this our broomstick pretend to enter the scene, proud of those...
Page 373 - ... hairs (all covered with powder) that never grew on his head; but now, should this our broomstick pretend to enter the scene, proud of those birchen spoils it never bore, and all covered with dust, though the sweepings of the finest lady's, chamber, we should be apt to ridicule and despise its vanity.
Page 371 - Daniel the historian, and several others who writ later; but being men of the Court, and affecting the phrases then in fashion, they are often either not to be understood, or appear perfectly ridiculous.
Page 372 - Nature sent him into the world strong and lusty, in a thriving condition, wearing his own hair on his head, the proper branches of this reasoning vegetable, until the axe of intemperance has lopped off his green boughs...
Page 364 - Bickerstaff (says the lady), you must eat a wing, to oblige me ; ' and so put a couple upon my plate. I was persecuted at this rate during the whole meal; as. often as I called for small beer, the master tipped the wink, and the servant brought me a brimmer of October.
Page 318 - Curll for wrongfully ascribing to him the aforesaid poems: he excused himself by declaring, that one of his authors (Mr Oldmixon by name) gave the copies to the press, and wrote the preface. Upon this Mr Pope, being to all appearance reconciled, very civilly drank a glass of sack to Mr Curll, which he as civilly pledged; and though the liquor in colour and taste...
Page 23 - In a word, let my son Martin disport himself at any game truly antique, except one, which was invented by a people among the Thracians, who hung up one of their companions in a rope, and gave him a knife, to cut himself down; which if he failed in, he was suffered to hang till he was dead; and this was only reckoned a sort of joke. I am utterly against this, as barbarous and cruel.