The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

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Talboys and Wheeler ; and W. Pickering, 1825

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Page 20 - To the following comparison of a man that travels and his wife that stays at home, with a pair of compasses, it may be doubted whether absurdity or ingenuity has better claim: Our two souls, therefore, which are one, Though I must go, endure not yet A breach, but an expansion, Like gold to airy thinness
Page 107 - add, of my own knowledge, that it was a book that Dr. Johnson frequently resorted to, as many others have done, for amusement after the fatigue of study. H.—Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy, Johnson said, was the only book that ever took him out of bed two hours sooner than he wished to
Page 20 - far doth roam, It leans, and hearkens after it, And grows erect, as that comes home. Such wilt thou he to me, who must Like th' other foot obliquely run, , Thy firmness makes my circle just, And makes me end where I
Page 68 - a speech of Mr. John Milton, for the liberty of unlicensed printing. The danger of such 'unbounded liberty, and the danger of bounding it, have produced a problem in the science of government, which human understanding seems, hitherto, unable to solve. If nothing may be published but
Page 323 - of a vigorous genius operating upon large materials. The power that predominated in his intellectual operations, was rather strong reason than quick sensibility. Upon all occasions that were presented, he studied rather than felt, and produced sentiments not such as nature enforces, but meditation supplies. With the simple and elemental passions, as
Page 92 - put an end to the secrecy of love, and Paradise Lost broke into open view with sufficient security of kind reception. Fancy can hardly forbear to conjecture with what temper Milton surveyed the silent progress of his work, and marked its reputation stealing its way in a kind of subterraneous current, through fear and silence.
Page 423 - thought herself entitled to treat with very little Ceremony the tutor of her son. Howe's ballad of the Despairing Shepherd, is said to have been written, either before or after marriage, upon this memorable pair; and it is certain that Addison has left behind him no encouragement for ambitious love.
Page 459 - shall transcribe from the correspondence of Swift and Pope. life, yet I find your name as a subscriber. He is too grave a poet for me; and I think among the mediocrists, in prose as \vell as verse." To this Pope returns: " To answer your question as to Mr. Hughes; what he wanted in genius, he
Page 14 - elegant or gross ; whether they compared the little to the great, or the great to the little. Physick and chirurgery for a lover: Gently, ah gently, madam, touch The wound, which you yourself have made; That pain must needs be very much, Which makes me of your hand afraid, Cordials of pity give me now., For J
Page 70 - a heavy crime, in the indecent language with which prosperity had emboldened the advocates for rebellion to insult all that is venerable or great: " Who would have imagined so little fear in him of the true all-seeing deity, as, immediately before his death, to pop into the hands of the grave bishop that attended him, as

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