London: A Fragmentary Poem

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Saunders and Otley, 1847 - 94 páginas
 

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Página 93 - I can never forget the inexpressible luxury and profaneness, gaming, and all dissoluteness, and as it were total forgetfulness of God, (it being Sunday evening,) which this day se'nnight I was witness of, the King sitting and toying with his concubines, Portsmouth, Cleveland...
Página 82 - Having been compelled by his necessities to contract, debts, and hunted, as is supposed, by the terriers of the law, he retired to a publick house on Tower-hill, where he is said to have died of want; or, as it is related by one of his biographers, by swallowing, after a long fast, a piece of bread which charity had supplied. He went out, as is reported, almost naked, in the rage of hunger, and...
Página 93 - I was witness of, the King sitting and toying with his concubines, Portsmouth, Cleveland, and Mazarine, &c., a French boy singing love-songs,* in that glorious gallery, whilst about twenty of the great courtiers and other dissolute persons were at Basset round a large table, a bank of at least 2000 in gold before them ; upon which two gentlemen who were with me made reflections with astonishment. Six days after was all in the dust...
Página 78 - I called on Goldsmith at his lodgings in March 1759, and found him writing his ' Inquiry,' in a miserable, dirty-looking room, in which there was but one chair ; and when, from civility, he resigned it to me, he himself was obliged to sit in the window.
Página 84 - Be banish'd afar both discretion and fear! Forgetting or scorning the airs of the crowd, He may cease to be formal, and I to be proud; Till lost in the joy, we confess that we live, And he may be rude, and yet I may forgive.
Página 86 - I went to Mr. Sterne's lodging ; the mistress opened the door ; I inquired how he did. She told me to go up to the nurse ; I went into the room, and he was just a-dying. I waited ten minutes; but in five he said, ' Now it is come !' He put up his hand as if to stop a blow, and died in a minute.
Página 78 - Enquiry, &c. in a wretched dirty room, in which there was but one chair, and when he, from civility, offered it to his visitant, himself was obliged to sit in the window. While they were conversing, some one gently rapped at the door, and being desired to come in, a poor ragged little girl, of very decent behaviour, entered, who, dropping a curtsey, said, "My mamma sends her compliments, and begs the favour of you to lend her a chamber-pot full of coals.
Página 78 - The Doctor was writing his Enquiry, &c. in a wretched dirty room, in which there was but one chair, and when he, from civility, offered it to his visitant, himself was obliged to sit in the window. While they were conversing, some one gently rapped at the door, and...
Página 81 - Essex, his hearse being attended by poets, and mournful elegies and poems with the pens that wrote them thrown into his tomb.
Página 73 - She ended weeping, and her lowly plight, Immoveable till peace obtain'd from fault Acknowledged and deplored, in Adam wrought Commiseration ; soon his heart relented Towards her, his life so late and sole delight, Now at his feet submissive in distress...

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