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E. Wilson, 1831 - 208 páginas

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Página 154 - When I look upon the tombs of the great, every emotion of envy dies in me ; when I read the epitaphs of the beautiful, every inordinate desire goes out; when I meet with the grief of parents upon a tombstone, my heart melts with compassion; when I see the tomb of the parents themselves, I consider the vanity of grieving for those whom we must quickly follow.
Página 61 - ... little sticks in his hand, and with a rusty nail he was etching another day of misery to add to the heap.
Página 154 - When I see kings lying by those who deposed them when I consider rival wits placed side by side or the holy men that divided the world with their contests and disputes I reflect with sorrow and astonishment on the little competitions factions* and debates of mankind.
Página 125 - On one occasion, a visitor to whom this was shown, observed, with affected solemnity, that the letter involved also a miracle, for the paper on which it was written, was not in existence till several hundred years after the mother of our Lord had ascended into heaven.
Página 79 - ... name is never heard, My lips are now forbid to speak That once familiar word : From sport to sport they hurry me To banish my regret: And when they win a smile from me, They think that I forget. They bid me seek in change of scene The charms that others see; But were I in a foreign land, They'd find no change in me: Tis true that I behold no more The valley where we met; I do not see the hawthorn tree — But how can I forget?
Página 154 - When I read the several dates of the tombs, of" some that died yesterday, and some six hundred years ago, I consider that great day when we shall all of us be contemporaries, and make our appearance together.
Página 135 - ... impossible to transmit the humour of such characters as the above to an English audience under the disguise of foreign names, though it must be admitted that mere English characters as well as names are sometimes introduced. Nor is Shakspeare always responsible for such whimsicalities, for they are occasionally to be traced in the materials whereof his plays were constructed; and others belong to those authors whom he had only assisted in dramas the whole composition of which had been improperly...
Página 159 - ... circumstances which alone are able effectually to rouse and interest his passions, and consequently to make his character appear. His parents, therefore, or tutors, never know his weak side, nor what particular advices or cautions he stands most in need of; whereas, if he had attended a public school, and mingled in the amusements and pursuits of his equals, his virtues and his vices would have been disclosing themselves every day ; and his teachers would have known what particular precepts and...
Página 129 - God is also in sleep, and dreams advise. Which he hath sent propitious some great good Presaging, since, with sorrow and heart's distress Wearied, I fell asleep : but now lead on ; In me is no delay ; with thee to go Is to stay here ; without thee here to stay Is to go hence unwilling ; thou to me Art all things under heaven, all places thou.
Página 142 - ... a rector of a parish going to law with his parishioners, about paving the church, quoted this authority from St. Peter, Paveant illi, non paveam ego. Which he construed thus : " They are to pave the church, and not I.

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