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Page 76 - To men of other minds my fancy flies, Embosom'd in the deep where Holland lies. Methinks her patient sons before me stand, Where the broad ocean leans against the land, And sedulous to stop the coming tide, Lift the tall rampire's artificial pride. Onward methinks, and diligently slow, The firm connected bulwark seems to grow ; Spreads its long arms amidst the watery roar, Scoops out an empire, and usurps the shore...
Page 396 - Thence winding eastward to the Tartar's coast, She sweeps the howling margin of the main ; Where, undissolving, from the first of time, Snows swell on snows amazing to the sky ; And icy mountains high, on mountains piled, Seem to the shivering sailor from afar, Shapeless and white, an atmosphere of clouds.
Page 143 - It was at Rome, on the 15th of October 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the bare-footed friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind.
Page 1 - A diameter of a circle is a straight line drawn through the centre, and terminated both ways by the circumference.
Page 397 - And bid to roar no more : a bleak expanse, Shagg'd o'er with wavy rocks, cheerless, and void Of every life, that from the dreary months Flies conscious southward. Miserable they ! Who, here entangled in the gathering ice, Take their last look of the descending sun ; While, full of death, and fierce with tenfold frost, The long long night, incumbent o'er their heads, Falls horrible.
Page 339 - Britain in the spring, the heat of Africa in summer, the temperature of Italy in June, the sky of Egypt in autumn, the cold and...
Page 116 - The French, beyond all people, are the creatures of Society; by it their manners and sentiments are fashioned, and in it are centred their chief pleasures and gratifications. They would excel all nations in the art of conversation, were not the desire of shining too universal. The love of glory operates upon them with extraordinary force and stimulates them to •great exertions ; but it is often attended with empty ostentation and gasconade.
Page 406 - HAIL, thou inexhaustible source of wonder and contemplation ! Hail, thou multitudinous ocean ! whose waves chase one another down like the generations of men, and, after a momentary space, are immerged forever in oblivion.
Page 406 - How glorious ! how awful are the scenes which thou displayest! Whether we view thee when every wind is hushed, when the morning sun silvers the level line of the horizon, or when its evening track is marked with flaming gold, and thy unrippled...