Some Account of the Life and Death of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, who Died July 26, 1680

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Munroe and Francis, 1812 - 144 pages
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Page 119 - For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, And as a root out of a dry ground. He hath no form nor comeliness; And when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
Page 42 - To this he answered, a man could not write with life, unless he were heated by revenge : for to make a satire without resentments, upon the cold notions of philosophy, was as if a man would in cold blood, cut men's throats who had never offended him : and he said, the lies in these libels came often in as ornaments that could not be spared without spoiling the beauty of the poem.
Page 144 - But if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the God of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Page 95 - The restraining a man from the use of women, except one in the way of marriage, and denying the remedy of divorce, he thought unreasonable impositions on the freedom of mankind...
Page 38 - He remembering his dream, fell into some disorder; and the lady Warre reproving him for his superstition, he said he was confident he was to die before morning; but, he being in perfect health, it was not much minded.
Page 126 - Fellow : soon after I told him, I was glad to find his Style so reformed, and that he had so entirely overcome that ill habit of Swearing; Only that word of calling any damned, which had returned upon him, was not decent. His Answer was: Oh that Language of Fiends, which was so familiar to me, hangs yet about me: Sure none has deserved more to be damned than I have done.
Page 121 - I shall confine my discourse to the dead. He told me, he had overcome all his resentments to all the world, so that he bore ill-will to no person, nor hated any upon personal accounts. He had given a true state of his debts, and had ordered to pay them all, as far as his estate, that was not settled, could go ; and was confident, that if all that was owing to him were paid to his executors, his creditors would be all satisfied. He said, he found his mind now possessed with another sense of things...
Page 40 - ... they would have chosen sometimes to have gone naked, if they had not feared the people; so though some of them found it necessary for human life to talk of morality, yet he confessed they cared not for it...
Page 30 - Sometimes other men's thoughts mixed with his composures, but that flowed rather from the impressions they made on him when he read them, by which they came to return upon him as his own thoughts, than that he servilely copied from any : for few men ever had a bolder flight of fancy, more steadily governed by judgment, than he had.
Page 115 - ... shew a true repentance and amendment of life for the time to come : or else if the Lord pleaseth to put an end to my worldly being now, that he would mercifully accept of my death-bed repentance, and perform that promise that he hath been pleased to make, that at what time soever a sinner doth repent, he would receive him. Put up these prayers, most dear doctor, to almighty God for your most obedient and languishing servant, ROCHESTER.

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