The British essayists; with prefaces by A. Chalmers, Volume 43

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Page 223 - For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth. to the purifying of the flesh : How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Page 228 - Ador'd with sacrifice and oxen slain; Where as the years revolve her altars blaze, And all the tribes resound the Goddess
Page 79 - ... be put in flesh and blood, he was a match for the best spirit that ever walked: she had all the sensibility in life towards omens and prognostics, and though I guarded every motion and action that might give any possible alarm to her, yet my unhappy awkwardnesses were always boding ill luck, and I had the grief of heart to hear her declare in her last moments, that a capital oversight I had been guilty of in handing to her a candle with an enormous winding-sheet appending to it, was the immediate...
Page 199 - ... unacceptable an intruder. ' When I confirm the truth of the report you have heard, and inform you that my marriage took place this very morning, you will pardon me if I add no more than that 1 have the honour to be, ' Madam, your most obedient '^And most humble servant, LIONEL MORTIMER.
Page 26 - Nicolas's—He was a Jew.— This of a certain would have been a staggering item in a poor devil's confession, but then it was a secret to all the world but Nicolas, and Nicolas's conscience did not just then urge him to reveal it; he now began to overhaul the inventory of his personals about him, and with some satisfaction...
Page 186 - ... tis a volume of comedies; he opens it at random; 'tis all alike to him where he begins ; all our poets put together are not worth a halter; he stumbles by mere chance upon
Page 155 - ... voluptuary in the nation : if this be rightly conjectured, why will not every woman, who has her choice to make, direct her ambition to those objects, which will give her most satisfaction when attained ? There can be no reason but because it imposes on her some self-denials by the way, which she has not fortitude to surmount; and it is plain she does not love fame well enough to be at much pains in acquiring it; her ambition does not...
Page 33 - my lord inquisidor, I see the king is not likely to gain a subject more by your intrigues : a pretty job you have set me about: and so, when I have put the poor lady to rest with your damned sedative, my tongue must be stopt next to prevent its blabbing : but I'll shew you I was not born in Andalusia for nothing.
Page 160 - I pity a fellow-creature in pain, a woman, for instance, in the throes of childbirth, I cannot submit to own there is any ingredient of so bad a quality as contempt in my pity ; but if the metaphysicians tell me that I do not know how to call my feelings by their right name, and that my pity is not pity properly so defined, I will not pretend to dispute with any gentleman whose language...
Page 103 - Prometheus in all servile offices necessary for his accommodation in this solitude. The aerial spirit is in the clouds, which he is driving before him at the behest of his great master. In this composition therefore, although not replete with characters, there is yet such diversity of style and subject that we have all which the majesty and beauty of real nature can furnish with beings out of the regions of nature, as strongly contrasted in form and character, as fancy can devise : the scenery also...

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