The Life of Thuanus: With Some Account of His Writings, and a Translation of the Preface to His History

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1807 - France - 467 pages

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Page 74 - ... besides the daily prayers, which every Christian ought to offer at his rising, he has told me* that he made one applicable to his work, and never sate down to composition without first begging God to enlighten him with ,a knowledge of the truth, and enable him to follow its dictates without flattery or detraction.
Page 391 - De sa foible puissance orgueillcuse rivale. canto 1.V.4Q, have said, to begin to write in camps, in the midst of sieges and the noise of arms, when my mind was engrossed by the variety and importance of events, and sought, in composition, a relief from public calamity. My work has been continued and completed in your Majesty's court, amongst the oppressive labours of the law, foreign journies, and other avocations...
Page 7 - ... that I never heard this great man dispute on the controverted points of faith ; and I am well assured that he never did discuss them but upon provocation, and then reluctantly. Independently of his religious opinions, were there not in Scaliger the most transcendent attainments of human erudition ? And did not the singular endowments bestowed upon him by Heaven claim the veneration of all worthy men ? ' This apology for a friendship with a Huguenot is a humiliating confession of the degraded...
Page xvii - ... efficient exertion of the sedentary student, who lives and dies in the recesses of a library. The history of Thuanus excites a great share of respect immediately on entering on the perusal of it. The solemn declaration, in which he calls God and men to witness, that he wrote his history for the glory of God, and the good of mankind, without resentment or partiality ; the strong and repeated protestations that truth is his only guide, warmly interest the reader in his favour, and open his mind...
Page xviii - The very serious prayer, which closes the first book, displays a very respectable appearance of sincerity and dignity. And there is every reason to believe, that it proceeded from a mind sincerely pious, and firmly resolved to propagate the truth, and the truth only, as far as human sagacity could develope it. The style has always been admired for its perspicuity, except in its proper names.
Page 10 - ... excidat ilia dies aevo nee postera credant saecula ! nos certe taceamus et obruta multa nocte tegi propriae patiamur crimina gentis.
Page 296 - Author's great work comprehends in 1 38 books the events of more than sixty years, from AD 1546 to 1607 inclusive; and he was occupied about thirteen years in the composition of it. In the period of which it treats, five sovereigns reigned in France, Henry II. Francis II. Charles IX. Henry III. and Henry IV. It comprehends the erection of the United Provinces into a free republic; and the glorious reign of Elizabeth in England. Charles...
Page 391 - It is the first law of history to fear to record what is false, and, in the next place, not to want courage in relating the truth.
Page 60 - The peasants then hasten to remove what they find, chickens, hares, " partridges, or pheasants, and throw in garbage to the eaglets ; but some portion of the prey is generally devoured. Three or four nests supply an elegant table through the year, and chains are fastened round the young, to prevent their flying as soon as they otherwise would. Thuanus had the curiosity to ascend to one of these nests, and was a witness of the scene described.

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