Omnium Gatherum

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Duke & Browne, 1821

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Page 33 - Me, let the tender office long engage, To rock the cradle of reposing age, With lenient arts extend a mother's breath, Make languor smile, and smooth the bed of death, Explore the thought, explain the asking eye, And keep a while one parent from the sky...
Page 20 - Put out the light, and then put out the light. If I quench thee, thou flaming minister, I can again thy former light restore, Should I repent me: but once put out thy light, Thou cunning'st pattern of excelling nature, I know not where is that Promethean heat That can thy light relume.
Page 31 - The blaze of reputation cannot be blown out, but it often dies in the socket ; a very few names may be considered as perpetual lamps that shine unconsumed. From the author of Fitzosborne's Letters I cannot think myself in much danger. I met him only once about thirty years ago, and in some small dispute reduced him to whistle ; having not seen him since, that is the last impression.
Page 31 - There is no wisdom in useless and hopeless sorrow; but there is something in it so like virtue, that he who is wholly without it cannot be loved, nor will, by me at least, be thought worthy of esteem.
Page 24 - Though music in both, they are both apt to jar ; How tuneful and soft from a delicate touch, Not handled too roughly, nor...
Page 16 - Observe them but for fashion's sake ; The strongest reason will submit To virtue, honour, sense, and wit : To such a nymph, the wise and good Cannot be faithless, if they would ; For vices all have different ends, But virtue still to virtue tends : And when your lover is not true, 'Tis virtue fails in him, or you. And either he deserves disdain, Or you without a cause complain. But here Vanessa cannot err, Nor are these rules applied to her, For who could such a nymph forsake.
Page 32 - They that mean to make no use of friends, will be at little trouble to gain them ; and to be without friendship, is to be without one of the first comforts of our present state. To have no assistance from other minds, in resolving doubts, in appeasing scruples, in balancing deliberations, is a very wretched destitution.
Page 30 - Life, to be worthy of a rational being, must be always in progression ; we must always purpose to do more or better than in time past. The mind is enlarged and elevated by mere purposes, though they end as they begin by airy contemplation. We compare and judge, though we do not practise.
Page 31 - London, Nov. 29, 1783.' 31 he wrote :—' I have now in the house pheasant, venison, turkey, and ham, all unbought. Attention and respect give pleasure, however late or however useless. But they are not useless when they are late ; it is reasonable to rejoice, as the day declines, to find that it has been spent with the approbation of mankind.
Page 31 - Esteem of great powers, or amiable qualities newly discovered, may embroider a day or week, but a friendship of twenty years, is interwoven with the texture of life.

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