Eccentric Personages

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American News Company, 1866 - 418 pages

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Page 325 - Wharton, the scorn and wonder of our days, Whose ruling passion was the lust of praise: Born with whate'er could win it from the wise, Women and fools must like him or he dies; Though wondering senates hung on all he spoke, The club must hail him master of the joke.
Page 325 - His passion still, to covet general praise, His life, to forfeit it a thousand ways; A constant bounty which no friend has made; An angel tongue, which no man can persuade; A fool, with more of wit than half mankind, Too...
Page 325 - Thus with each gift of nature and of art, And wanting nothing but an honest heart ; Grown all to all, from no one vice exempt; And most contemptible to shun contempt; His passion still, to covet general praise, His life, to forfeit it a thousand ways ; A constant bounty which no friend has made; An angel tongue, which no man can persuade! A fool, with more of wit than half mankind, Too rash for thought, for action too refined...
Page 180 - ... their poor dying mother to beg their bread at his door, and to crave, as if it were an alms, what he is bound under hand and seal, besides the most sacred promises, to supply them with : himself, at the same time, living in a profusion of plenty. It is too much for me.
Page 341 - ... renounce the devil and all his works, and constantly believe God's holy Word, and obediently keep his commandments. I demand therefore, DOST thou, in the Name of this Child, renounce the devil and all his works, the vain pomp and glory of the world, with all covetous desires of the same, and the carnal desires of the flesh, so that thou wilt not follow, nor be led by them?
Page 181 - It adds to my grief that I must never see the pledge of your mutual love, my little grandson. Give him my blessing, and may he be to you both your joy in youth, and your comfort in age, and never add a sigh to your sorrow. But, alas! that is not to be expected. Kiss my dear Sophy once more for me; and if I must see her no more, tell her this is from a father that loved her above all his comforts, to his last breath.
Page 181 - ... same time living in a profusion of plenty. It is too much for me. Excuse my infirmity ; I can say no more ; my heart is too full. I only ask one thing of you as a dying request. Stand by them when I am gone, and let them not be wronged while he is able to do them right.
Page 229 - ... bad, as you fancy it. Should we ever live together, you would be disappointed both ways; you would find an easy equality of temper you do not expect, and a thousand faults you do not imagine. You think, if you married me, I should be passionately fond of you one month, and of somebody else the next: neither would happen. I can esteem, I can be a friend, but I don't know whether I can love. Expect all that is complaisant and easy, but never what is fond, in me.
Page 245 - It humbles us to heare you speake of forsaking those who love you as well as we do: can you be better than you are ? You are queen of all these countries, and if you leave this large kingdom, where will you get such another ? If you should do it, (as I hope you won't for all this,) both you and we shall have cause, when it is too late, to be sorry for it; therefore my fellows and I pray you to think better on't, and keep your crown on.
Page 245 - I pray you to think better on't, and to keep your crown on your head, then you will keep your own honour and our peace ; but if you lay it down, in my conscience you will endanger all. Continue in your gears, good Madam, and be the fore-horse as long as you live, and we will help you the best we can to bear your burden.

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