Dialogues of the Dead with the Living

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N. Conant; and H. Payne, 1779 - 227 pages
 

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Page 18 - ... upon similitude. I am not sure that I comprehend you. You cannot be possessed of so fine an argument in its perfection, without having recourse to the original inventor. It may suffice to let you know in brief, that we believe always what is most likely, and call that most likely which most resembles what we have before met with. But things often fall out that were not likely. Yes, so often, that we find it, in general, likely that they should; and in each particular case reflect which of the...
Page 187 - Where is the wife ? Where- is the fcribe ? Where is the difputer '* of this world...
Page 225 - Be no unpleasing melancholy mine ! Me let the tender office long engage To rock the cradle of declining age ; With lenient arts extend a mother's breath — Make languor smile, and smooth the bed of death. Explore the thought, explain the asking eye, And keep at least one parent from the sky.
Page 33 - Heart-merit wanting, mount we ne'er fo high, Our height is but the gibbet of our name. A celebrated wretch when I behold, When I behold a genius bright, and bafe, Of...
Page 169 - The influence of the clergy, in an age of superstition, might be usefully employed to assert the rights of mankind ; but so intimate is the connection between the throne and the altar, that the banner of the church has very seldom been seen on the side of the people.
Page 109 - Thefe are all plain facts too glaring to be contradicted, and therefore, whatever we may think of the authority of...
Page 188 - The names of Seneca, of the elder and the younger Pliny, of Tacitus, of Plutarch, of Galen, of the slave Epictetus, and of the emperor Marcus Antoninus, adorn the age in which they flourished, and exalt the dignity of human nature. They filled with glory their respective stations, either in active or contemplative life; their excellent understandings were improved by study; philosophy had purified their minds from the prejudices of the popular...
Page 222 - But with no friendly voice, and add thy name 0 Sun, to tell thee how I hate thy beams, That bring to my remembrance from what ftate 1 fell, how glorious once above...
Page 18 - I have no further dispute with you : I leave you to other hands. Christianity desires no greater honour than to be received by every one that is not an atheist. Suppose there be a God : what then ? Why, then he made the world. Well? And a multitude of things must have been done at that time of the creation, which are not comprehended within the present course of nature. Every animal, every vegetable, must have been brought into being at first in some manner of which the world now affords no examples....
Page 154 - Thou. strong retreat ! thou sure-entail'd estate, Which nought has power" to alienate ! . Thou pleasant, honest flatterer ! for none Flatter unhappy men, but thou alone ! Hope ! thou first-fruits of happiness ! Thou gentle dawning of a bright success ! Thou good preparative...

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