The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

J. Buckland, 1787 - 605 pages
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Page 556 - The busy day, the peaceful night, Unfelt, uncounted, glided by ; His frame was firm, his powers were bright, Though now his eightieth year was nigh. " Then with no fiery throbbing pain, No cold gradations of decay, Death broke at once the vital chain, And freed his soul the nearest way.
Page 594 - Mr. Hoole, his son, each a book at their election, to keep as a token of remembrance.
Page 291 - When common words were less pleasing to the ear, or less distinct in their signification, I have familiarized the terms of philosophy, by applying them to popular ideas, but have rarely admitted any word not authorized by former writers...
Page 563 - ... with a look that cut me to the heart, told me that he had the prospect of death before him, and that he dreaded to meet his Saviour.
Page 198 - The stage but echoes back the public voice ; The drama's laws the drama's patrons give, For we that live to please, must please to live. Then prompt no more the follies you decry, As tyrants doom their tools of guilt to die...
Page 127 - ... which neither hope nor fear shall influence me to suppress. I will not sit unconcerned while my liberty is invaded, nor look in silence upon public robbery.
Page 488 - I was born in the eighth climate, but seem to be framed and constellated unto all. I am no plant that will not prosper out of a garden. All places, all airs, make unto me one country ; I am in England everywhere, and under any meridian.
Page 286 - The place appointed was the Devil Tavern, and there, about the hour of eight, Mrs. Lenox and her husband, and a lady of her acquaintance, still [1785] living, as also the club, and friends to the number of near twenty, assembled.
Page 257 - Johnson made it a rule to talk his best, but that on many subjects he was not uniform in his opinions, contending as often for victory as for truth : at one time good, at another evil was predominant in the moral constitution of the world. Upon one occasion, he would deplore the nonobservance of Good-Friday, and on another deny, that among us of the present age there is any decline of public worship.
Page 187 - Well (my little Philip) this is enough for me, and too much I fear for you. But, if I shall find that this light meal of digestion nourish anything the weak stomach of your young capacity, I will, as I find the same grow stronger, feed it with tougher food. Your loving Father, so long as you live in the fear of God, H. SYDNEY...

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