A Sketch of Old England, Volume 2

Charles Wiley, 1822 - 555 pages

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Page 192 - But I am not in the least pain upon that matter, because it is very well known that they are every day dying and rotting by cold and famine, and filth and vermin, as fast as can be reasonably expected. And as to the...
Page 191 - Some persons of a desponding spirit are in great concern about that vast number of poor people, who are aged, diseased, or maimed, and I have been desired to employ my thoughts what course may be taken to ease the nation of so grievous an encumbrance.
Page 63 - His grandeur he derived from Heaven alone, For he was great, ere Fortune made him so; And wars, like mists that rise against the sun, Made him but greater seem, not greater grow.
Page 151 - ... wind himself from them; and when he was loose to shake his ears twice or thrice with the blood and the slaver about his physiognomy was a matter of goodly relief.
Page 151 - It was a sport very pleasant of these beasts ; to see the bear with his pink eyes leering after his enemies approach, the nimbleness and wait of the dog to take his advantage, and the force and experience of the bear again to avoid the...
Page 89 - OH, fond attempt to give a deathless lot To names ignoble, born to be forgot ! In vain, recorded in historic page, They court the notice of a future age : Those twinkling tiny lustres of the land Drop one by one from Fame's neglecting hand ; Lethaean gulfs receive them as they fall, And dark oblivion soon absorbs them all.
Page 153 - My Lady hath commanded me to say thus much unto you, That though you be more wretched, vile, and miserable, than any creature living ; and for your wickedness, become more ugly in shape than the vilest toad in the world ; and one to whom none of reputation would vouchsafe to send any message ; yet she hath thought good to send thus much to you : — that she be contented you should live (and doth no waies wist your death) but to this end : that all the plagues and miseries that may befall any man...
Page 153 - ... wish your death) but to this end — that all the plagues and miseries that may befall any man may light upon such a caitiff as you are ; and that you should live to have all your friends forsake you ; and without your great repentance, which she looketh not for, because your life hath been so bad, you will be damned perpetually in hell fire.
Page 2 - ... clerk, though he knows not how to read. In law he knows. "A duke has a right to a canopy, or cloth of state, in all places where the king is not present; a viscount may have one in his house; a baron has a cover of assay, which may be held under his cup while he drinks. A baroness has the right to have her train borne by a man in the presence of a viscountess.
Page 147 - Two years later, in a fine passage praising the charm and geniality of Scott, he thus compared him with Fielding and Miss Edgeworth: "But I cannot help thinking it is placing him where he ought not to be, to put him on a level with Fielding, Smollett, Goldsmith, and Miss Edgeworth. He belongs, I imagine, to a different class of beings; to a class of authors, who, when the charm of novelty expires, and curiosity is satisfied in the development of the story, will never be much relished or sought after...

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