The Edinburgh Magazine and Literary Miscellany, Volume 91

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Archibald Constable and Company, 1823
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Page 423 - That gravity should be innate, inherent, and essential to matter, so that one body may act upon another at a distance, through a vacuum, without the mediation of anything else, by and through which their action and force may be conveyed from one to another, is to me so great an absurdity, that I believe no man who has in philosophical matters a competent faculty of thinking can ever fall iuto it.
Page 7 - Sweet is the breath of morn, her rising sweet, With charm of earliest birds; pleasant the sun, When first on this delightful land he spreads His orient beams, on herb, tree, fruit, and flower, Glistering with dew; fragrant the fertile earth After soft showers; and sweet the coming on Of grateful evening" mild; then silent night With this her solemn bird, and this fair moon, And these the gems of heaven, her starry train...
Page 31 - God loves from whole to parts: but human soul Must rise from individual to the whole. Self-love but serves the virtuous mind to wake, As the small pebble stirs the peaceful lake; The centre moved, a circle straight succeeds, Another still, and still another spreads; Friend, parent, neighbour, first it will embrace; His country next; and next all human race...
Page 41 - And the war-horse dash'd to the reddening lake From the reapers of the field ! The field— but not of sheaves — Proud crests and pennons lay, Strewn o'er it thick as the birch-wood leaves, In the autumn tempest's way. Oh ! the sun in heaven fierce havoc view'd, When the Austrian turn'd to fly, And the brave, in the trampling multitude, Had a fearful death to die ! And the leader...
Page 266 - THE power of the crown has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished...
Page 547 - we will live " on the past: there is enough in it to satisfy us. " Do we not enjoy the life of Caesar and that of " Alexander ? We shall possess still more, you will " re-peruse yourself, Sire!" " Be it so !" rejoined Napoleon ;
Page 548 - Very true," rejoined the Admiral; and this officer, who possesses good sense, a becoming pliability of manners, and sometimes much elegance, did his utmost from that moment to accommodate the Emperor in his habits. He shortened the time of sitting at table, ordering coffee for Napoleon and those who accompanied him, even before the rest of the company had finished their dinner. The...
Page 135 - ... for her father, she stumbled over the graves every night alone without fear of any kind entering her thoughts but for soldiers and parties in search of him, which the least noise or motion of a leaf put her in terror for. The minister's house was near the church. The first night she went, his dogs kept such a barking as put her in the utmost fear of a discovery. My grandmother sent for the minister next day, and upon pretence of a mad dog, got him to hang all his dogs.
Page 348 - Castilian pennons Pelayo did uphold ; But if my strain were lowly, as it is high and clear, Thou still shouldst prop the feeble, and the afflicted hear. ' For thee, fierce homicide ! draw, draw thy sword once more, And pierce the breast which wide I spread thy stroke before ; Because I am a woman, my life thou need'st not spare : I am Ximena Gomez, my slaughtered father's heir.
Page 485 - With the sound arise, 3g0 Like Samuel's shade to Saul's monarchic eyes, The prophets of young Freedom, summon'd far From climes of Washington and Bolivar; Henry, the forest-born Demosthenes, Whose thunder shook the Philip of the seas...

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