The British Prose Writers...: Beattie's letters

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J. Sharpe, 1821

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Page 44 - Man that is born of a woman Is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down : He fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.
Page 48 - See the grisly texture grow, ("Tis of human entrails made,) And the weights, that play below, Each a gasping warrior's head. Shafts for shuttles, dipt in gore, Shoot the trembling cords along Sword, that once a Monarch bore, Keep the tissue close and strong.
Page 104 - Standing on Earth, not rapt above the pole, More safe I sing with mortal voice, unchanged To hoarse or mute, though fallen on evil days, On evil days though fallen, and evil tongues; In darkness, and with dangers compassed round.
Page 91 - It is truly an unique — the specimens formerly published did very well to laugh at ; but a whole quarto of nonsense and gibberish is too much. It is strange that a man not wholly illiterate should have lived so long in England without learning the language.
Page 103 - Montagu should smile, New strains ere long shall animate thy frame: And her applause to me is more than fame ; For still with truth accords her taste refined. At lucre or renown let others aim, I only wish to please the gentle mind, Whom Nature's charms inspire, and love of humankind. BOOK SECOND. 1 OF chance or change, 0, let not man complain, Else shall he never, never cease to wail ; For, from th' imperial dome to where the swain Rears the lone cottage in the silent dale, All feel th...
Page 22 - I have seldom heard our countrymen complain of, and which I was never sensible of till I had spent some years in labouring to acquire that art. It is, to give a vernacular cast to the English we write.
Page 173 - KNOWING with what kindness and condescension your Grace takes an interest in every thing that concerns me and my little family, I take the liberty to inform you, that my son James is dead ; that the last duties to him are now paid ; and that I am endeavouring to return, with the little ability that is left me, and with entire submission to the will of Providence, to the ordinary business of life. I have lost one who was always a pleasing companion ; but who, for the last five or six years, was one...
Page 174 - He has left many things in writing, serious and humorous, scientific and miscellaneous, prose and verse, Latin and English ; but it will be a long time before I shall be able to harden my heart so far as to revise them.
Page 35 - I am somewhat inclined to fatness, like Dr. Arbuthnot and Aristotle; and I drink brandy and water, like Mr. Boyd. I might compare myself, in relation to many other infirmities, to many other great men ; but if fortune is not...
Page 42 - The subject was suggested by a dissertation on the old minstrels, which is prefixed to a collection of ballads lately published by Dodsley, in three volumes. I proposed to give an account of the birth, education, and adventures of one of those bards ; in which I shall have full scope for description, sentiment, satire, and even a certain species of humour and...

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