Memorials of Twickenham: Parochial and Topographical

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Smith, Elder & Company, 1872 - Twickenham (London, England) - 428 pages

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Page 277 - Dryden knew more of man in his general nature, and Pope in his local manners. The notions of Dryden were formed by comprehensive speculation ; those of Pope by minute attention. There is more dignity in the knowledge of Dryden, and more certainty in that of Pope.
Page 266 - To VIRTUE ONLY and HER FRIENDS A FRIEND, The World beside may murmur, or commend. Know, all the distant Din that World can keep Rolls o'er my Grotto, and but sooths my Sleep. There, my Retreat the best Companions grace, Chiefs, out of War, and Statesmen, out of Place. There St. John mingles with my friendly Bowl, The Feast of Reason and the Flow of Soul: And He, whose Lightning pierc'd th...
Page 298 - I waked one morning in the beginning of last June, from a dream, of which, all I could recover was, that I had thought myself in an ancient castle (a very natural dream for a head filled like mine with Gothic story), and that on the uppermost banister of a great staircase I saw a gigantic hand in armour. In the evening I sat down, and began to write, without knowing in the least what I intend) d to say or relate.
Page 252 - Statesman, yet friend to truth ! of soul sincere, In action faithful, and in honour clear ; Who broke no promise, served no private end, Who gain'd no title, and who lost no friend ; Ennobled by himself, by all approved, And praised, unenvied, by the muse he loved,
Page 298 - In the evening I sat down, and began to write, without knowing in the least what I intended to say or relate. The work grew on my hands, and I grew fond of it— add, that I was very glad to think of anything, rather than politics.
Page 353 - His happy constitution (even when he had, with great pains, half demolished it) made him forget everything when he was before a venison pasty, or over a flask of champagne; and I am persuaded he has known more happy moments than any prince upon earth.
Page 377 - you have the honour of seeing the two greatest men in the world." " I don't know how great men you may be," said the Guinea man, "but I don't like your looks. I have often bought a man much better than both of you, all muscles and bones, for ten guineas.
Page 264 - Nymph of the Grot, these sacred Springs I keep, And to the Murmur of these Waters sleep ; Ah spare my slumbers, gently tread the cave ! And drink in silence, or in silence lave I You'll think I have been very Poetical in this Description, but it is pretty near the Truth.
Page 263 - ... a sloping arcade of trees, and see the sails on the river passing suddenly and vanishing, as thro
Page 302 - I sought them or wished them, 't would add one fear more, That of making a countess when almost four-score. But Fortune, who scatters her gifts out of season, Though unkind to my limbs, has still left me my reason...

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