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" Though equal to all things, for all things unfit, Too nice for a statesman, too proud for a wit ; For a patriot, too cool ; for a drudge, disobedient : And too fond of the right to pursue the expedient. "
Biographical sketch. Poetical extracts. Miscellaneous essays. From The bee ... - Page 213
by Washington Irving - 1858
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Lives of Celebrated American Indians

Samuel Griswold Goodrich - 1844 - 315 lehte
...for mankind. Though fraught with all learning, yet straining his throat To persuade Tommy Townshend to lend him a vote ; Who, too deep for his hearers,...statesman, too proud for a wit ; For a patriot too cold ; for a drudge disobedient ; A»d too fond of the right to pursue the expedient ; In short, 't...
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The Guide to Knowledge, Or Repertory of Facts: Forming a Complete Library of ...

Robert Sears - 1844 - 484 lehte
...fraught with all learning, yet straining his throat To persuade Tommy Townshend to lend him a vote l Who, too deep for his hearers, still went on refining,...dining ; Though equal to all things, for all things untii, Too nice for a statesman, too proud for a wit ; For a patriot, too cool ; fora drudge, disobedient...
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Cyclop¿dia of English literature, 2. köide

Robert Chambers - 1844
...mankind. * Burke. Though fraught with all learning, j-ct straining lib throat, To persuade Tommy Towusend to set the imprisoned wranglers free, And give them voice and u геш)пг, And thought of convincing, while they thought of dining. Though ei|ual to all things,...
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Sketches of the History of Literature and Learning in England ..., 5–6. köide

George Lillie Craik - 1845
...well-earned reward. 'If it was objected to him in his own day that, " too deep for his hearers," he "still went on refining, And thought of convincing while they 'thought of dining," that searching philosophy which pervades his speeches and writings, and is there wedded in such happy...
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The Eclectic Magazine of Foreign Literature, Science, and Art, 18. köide

1849
...to carry the lessons of philosophy into an assembly of practical debaters. Simple old man ! — "He went on refining, And thought of convincing, while they thought of dining." And yet who of all that generation has so powerfully influenced the political genius of England during...
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The Miscellaneous Works of Oliver Goldsmith: With an Account of His Life and ...

Oliver Goldsmith - 1845 - 527 lehte
...for mankind Though fraught with all learning, yet straining his throat To persuade Tommy Townshetnl} to lend him a vote: Who, too deep for his hearers, still went on refin ing, And thought of convincing, while they thought of The scourge of impostors, the terror of...
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Wit and Humour, Selected from the English Poets: With an Illustrative Essay ...

Leigh Hunt - 1846 - 357 lehte
...for manhind , Though fraught with all learning, yet straining his throat To persuade Tommy Townsend9 to lend him a vote ; Who, too deep for his hearers,...And thought of convincing , while they thought of (lining ; Though equal to all things, for all things unfit, Too nice for a statesman, too proud for...
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Table Talk: Opinions on Books, Men, and Things

William Hazlitt - 1846
...as one who was kept back in his dazzling, wayward career, by the supererogation of his talents — Though equal to all things, for all things unfit, Too nice for a statesman, too proud for a wit. Dr. Johnson, in Boswell's Life, tells us that the only person whose conversation he ever sought for...
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Knight's Penny Magazine, 1. number

...was a great teacher, whom a listless and impatient House of Commons too often thought a bore. He " Still went on refining, And thought of convincing, while they thought of dining." Even this very dagger-scene was in some respects a matter-of-fact affair — elevated into an approach...
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Dictionary of Poetical Quotations: Consisting of Elegant Extracts ..., 1. köide

1847 - 506 lehte
...Village. 13. With words of learned length, and thund'ring sound. GOLDSMITH'S Deserted Vittage. 14. Too deep for his hearers, still went on refining,...thought of convincing, while they thought of dining. GOLDSMITH'S Retaliation. 15. The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read, With loads of learned lumber in...
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