Memoirs of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland, Volumen2

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Página 13 - ... Abundant in humour, observation, fancy ; in extensive knowledge of books and men ; in palpable hits of character, exquisite, grave, irony, and the most whimsical indulgence in point of epigram.
Página 8 - This book is one of which it is not too high praise to assert, that it approaches as nearly to perfection, in its own line, as any historical work perhaps ever did.
Página 221 - Majesty, who, we assure you, has sundry times protested, that if the regard of the danger of her good subjects and faithful servants did not more move her than her own peril, she would never be drawn to assent to the shedding of her blood.
Página 23 - When I was young (about fourteen, I think) I first read this tale, which made a deep impression upon me ; and may, indeed, be said to contain the germ of much that I have since written.
Página 179 - When one of her Chaplains (Mr. Alexander Nowel Dean of St. Pauls) had spoken less reverently in a Sermon preached before her of the sign of the Cross, she called aloud to him from her closet window, commanding him to retire from that ungodly digression, and to return unto his Text.
Página 218 - ... performed in so dangerous and crafty a charge, it would ease your travails...
Página 26 - ... virtue. The author is already known to the public by the two novels announced in her titlepage, and both, the last especially, attracted, with justice, an attention from the public far superior to what is granted to the ephemeral productions which supply the regular demand of watering-places and circulating libraries.
Página 26 - to elevate and surprize,' it must make amends by displaying depth of knowledge and dexterity of execution. We, therefore, bestow no mean compliment upon the author of Emma, when we say that, keeping close to common incidents, and to such characters as occupy the ordinary walks of life, she has produced sketches of such spirit and originality, that we never miss the excitation which depends upon a narrative of uncommon events, arising from the consideration of minds, manners and sentiments, greatly...
Página 1 - In point of style Prescott ranks with the ablest English historians, and paragraphs may be found in his volumes in which the grace and elegance of Addison are combined with Robertson's majestic cadence and Gibbon's brilliancy.
Página 162 - Phoebus cheers the crystal streams, And glads the azure skies; But nought can glad the weary wight That fast in durance lies. " Now lav'rocks wake the merry morn, Aloft on dewy wing; The merle, in his noontide bower, Makes woodland echoes ring; The mavis wild, wi' many a note Sings drowsy day to rest; In love and freedom they rejoice, Wi

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