Select Works, Volume 2

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J. Exshaw, 1772
 

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Page 197 - I found everywhere there (though my understanding had little to do with all this) ; and, by degrees, with the tinkling of the rhyme and dance of the numbers, so that I think I had read him all over before I was twelve years old, and was thus made a poet as immediately as a child is made an eunuch.
Page 131 - I NEVER had any other desire so strong, and so like to covetousness, as that one which I have had always, that I might be master at last of a small house and large garden, with very moderate conveniences joined to them, and there dedicate the remainder of my life only to the culture of them, and study of nature ; And there (with no design beyond my wall) whole and intire to lie, In no unactive ease, and no unglorious poverty.
Page 195 - Even when I was a very young boy at school, instead of running about on holidays and playing with my fellows, I was wont to steal from them and walk into the fields, either alone with a book, or with some one companion, if I could find any of the same temper.
Page 194 - ... of praise from him. There is no danger from me of offending him in this kind ; neither my mind, nor my body, nor my fortune, allow me any materials for that vanity.
Page 171 - And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
Page 10 - ... estates and lives of three kingdoms as much at his disposal as was the little inheritance of his father, and to be as noble and liberal in the spending of them; and lastly (for there is no end of all the particulars of his glory,) to bequeath all this with one word to his posterity; to die with peace at home, and triumph abroad ; to be buried among kings...
Page 195 - ... and playing with my fellows, I was wont to steal from them and walk into the fields, either alone with a book, or with some one companion if I could find any of the same temper. I was then too...
Page 2 - ... much magnificence, much vain-glory ; briefly a great show ; and yet, after all this, but an ill sight. At last (for it seemed long to me, and, like his short reign too, very tedious) the whole scene...
Page 96 - If we engage into a large acquaintance and various familiarities, we set open our gates to the invaders of most of our time : we expose our life to a quotidian ague of frigid impertinences, which would make a wise man tremble to think of.
Page 99 - To him, alas, to him, I fear, The face of death will terrible appear ; Who, in his life flattering his senseless pride, By being known to all the world beside, Does not himself, when he is dying, know, Nor what he is, nor whither he's to go.

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