Men and Things: Or, Short Essays on Various Subjects, Including Free Trade

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Crosby, Nichols, 1858 - 287 pages

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Page 13 - Almighty's form Glasses itself in tempests; in all time, Calm or convulsed — in breeze or gale or storm, Icing the pole, or in the torrid clime Dark heaving, boundless, endless, and sublime — The image of eternity — the throne Of the Invisible ; even from out thy slime The monsters of the deep are made ; each zone Obeys thee ; thou goest forth, dread fathomless alone.
Page 14 - And I have loved thee, Ocean ! and my joy Of youthful sports was on thy breast to be Borne, like thy bubbles, onward : from a boy I wantoned with thy breakers — they to me Were a delight; and if the freshening sea Made them a terror — 'twas a pleasing fear...
Page 105 - Then a soldier Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard, Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel, Seeking the bubble reputation Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice In fair round belly with good capon...
Page 29 - ... deeps of depravity so shocking and horrible, that their character cannot even be hinted. There are some dark shadows in human nature, which we naturally shrink from penetrating, and I made no attempt to collect information of this kind; but there was enough in the things which I could not avoid seeing and hearing — which are brought almost daily to the notice of every foreign resident — to inspire me with a powerful aversion to the Chinese race. Their touch is pollution, and, harsh as the...
Page 73 - ... the staple was the people's misery, the tactic only was changed. To confiscations had succeeded taxes, and to violence corruption ; and as to religion, there were, besides the great politico-religious sects, so many subdivisions, that it seemed, to use the words of the witty author of Hudibras, " As if religion was intended For nothing else but to be mended.
Page 45 - And thus explored his reach of thought: 'Whence is thy learning? Hath thy toil O'er books consumed the midnight oil?
Page 39 - You gentlemen of England who live at home at ease, how little do you think upon " the dangers of this infernal hunting.
Page 46 - The daily labours of the bee Awake my soul to industry : Who can observe the careful ant, And not provide for future want ? My dog (the trustiest of his kind) With gratitude inflames my mind : I mark his true, his faithful way, And in my service copy Tray.
Page 28 - He informs us that there is always something in the misfortunes of our best friends that does not displease us.
Page 172 - You surely will not be so foolish and so indiscreet as to part with the pains in your stomach?" — Why, what would be the answer of the rustic to this nonsensical monition ? " Monster of rhubarb ! (he would say) I am not rich in consequence of the pains in my stomach, but in spite of the pains in my stomach ; and I should have been ten times richer, and fifty times happier, if I had never had any pains in my stomach at all.

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