Westminster Hall: Or, Professional Relics and Anecdotes of the Bar, Bench, and Woolsack, Volume 1

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J. Knight & H. Lacey, 1825

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Page 43 - I am amazed at his grace's speech. The noble duke cannot look before him, behind him, or on either side of him, without seeing some noble peer who owes his seat in this house to his successful exertions in the profession to which I belong.
Page 217 - I pray you, Master Lieutenant, see me safe up, and for my coming down let me shift for myself...
Page 117 - And yet Time hath his revolutions ; there must be a period and an end to all temporal things— -finis rerum, an end of names and dignities, and whatsoever is terrene, and why not of De Vere ? For where is Bohun ? Where is Mowbray ? Where is Mortimer ? Nay, which is more and most of all, where is Plantagenet ? They are entombed in the urns and sepulchres of mortality. And yet let the name and dignity of De Vere stand so long as it pleaseth God!
Page 60 - ... stand at a stay. And surely I may not endure in public place to be wronged, without repelling the same to my best advantage to right myself. You are great, and therefore have the more enviers, which would be glad to have you paid at another's cost.
Page 207 - I wish popularity ; but it is that popularity which follows, not that which is run after ; it is that popularity which, sooner or later, never fails to do justice to the pursuit of noble ends by noble means. I will not do that which my conscience tells me is wrong upon this occasion, to gain the huzzas of thousands, or the daily praise of all the papers which come from the press...
Page 52 - Pope's heaven-strung lyre, nor Waller's ease, Nor Milton's mighty self must please : Instead of these, a formal band In furs and coifs around me stand ; With sounds uncouth and accents dry, That grate the soul of harmony, Each pedant sage unlocks his store Of mystic, dark, discordant lore, And points with tottering hand the ways That lead me to the thorny maze.
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Page 128 - I will now make it appear to the world, that there never lived a viler viper upon the face of the earth than thou.
Page 51 - I, thus doomed from thee to part, Gay queen of Fancy, and of Art, Reluctant move, with doubtful mind Oft stop, and often look behind.
Page 99 - BETWEEN Nose and Eyes a strange contest arose, The spectacles set them unhappily wrong ; The point in dispute was, as all the world knows, To which the said spectacles ought to belong.

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