The Aurora Borealis: Or Flashes of Wit; Calculated to Drown Dull Care and Eradicate the Blue Devils

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Editor of the Galaxy of Wit, 1831 - 216 pages
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OCLC: 10237664
Related Subjects: Anecdotes -- 19th century. | Wit and humor -- 19th century. | English wit and humor -- 19th century.

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Page 192 - As you are now so once was I; As I am now, so you must be Prepare for death and follow me.
Page 38 - ... you are to be drawn on hurdles to the place of execution, where you are to be hanged by the neck, but not until you are dead...
Page 192 - By chase our long-lived fathers earned their food ; Toil strung the nerves and purified the blood : But we their sons, a pampered race of men, Are dwindled down to threescore years and ten. Better to hunt in fields for health unbought Than fee the doctor for a nauseous draught. The wise for cure on exercise depend ; God never made his work for man to mend.
Page 118 - make it otherwise. I write according to the thoughts I feel ; when I think upon God my heart is so full of joy that the notes dance and leap, as it were, from my pen ; and since God has given me a cheerful heart, it will be pardoned me that I serve him with a cheerful spirit.
Page 126 - The Right Honourable Gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests, and to his imagination for his facts.
Page 110 - Johnson was deaf to all impertinence. However, after the wine had passed rather freely, the young gentleman was resolved to bait him, and venture out a little further. 'Now, Dr Johnson, do not look so glum, but be a little gay and lively, like others: what would you give, old gentleman, to be as young and sprightly as I am?' 'Why, Sir,' said he, 'I think I would almost be content to be as foolish.
Page 213 - As lamps burn silent with unconscious light, So modest ease in beauty shines most bright. Unaiming charms with edge resistless fall, And she who means no mischief does it all.
Page 207 - While Butler, needy wretch! was yet alive, No generous patron would a dinner give: See him, when starved to death and turned to dust, Presented with a monumental bust! The poet's fate is here in emblem shown; He asked for bread, and he received a stone.
Page 40 - (addressing himself to the Speaker), " who rise only to give my opinion on the bill now depending, am so confounded that I am unable to express the least of what I proposed to say, what must the condition of that man be who without any assistance is pleading for his life, and under apprehensions of being deprived of it...
Page 111 - Merchant, upon recovering a little from his fright, put his hand into his pocket and presented the sailor with a shilling. The crowd, who were by this time collected, loudly protested against the insignificance of the sum ; but Burns, with a smile of ineffable scorn, entreated them to restrain their clamour, " For," said he, " the gentleman is, of course, the best judge of the value of his own life.

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