The British Essayists, Volumen37

Alexander Chalmers
J. Johnson, 1808

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Página 305 - Till she, like thee, all soil'd, is laid Low i' the dust. Such is the fate of simple bard, On life's rough ocean luckless...
Página 233 - ... above her usual simplicity; there was a sort of swell in her language, which sometimes a tear (for her age had not lost the privilege of tears) made still more eloquent. She kept her sorrows, like the devotions that solaced them, sacred to herself. They threw nothing of gloom over her deportment; a gentle shade only, like the fleckered clouds of summer, that increase, not diminish, the benignity of the season.
Página 323 - ... which ordinary business demands. The fineness of mind, which is created or increased by the study of letters, or the admiration of the arts, is supposed to incapacitate a man for the drudgery by which professional eminence is gained; as a nicely tempered edge applied to a coarse and rugged material is unable to perform what a more common instrument would have successfully achieved.
Página 304 - Wee, modest, crimson-tipped flower, Thou's met me in an evil hour, For I maun crush amang the stoure Thy slender stem. To spare thee now is past my power, Thou bonnie gem. Alas ! it's no thy neebor sweet, The bonnie Lark, companion meet, Bending thee 'mang the dewy weet Wi...
Página 324 - ... the legal period for amusement is arrived. It may fairly be questioned, -whether the most innocent of those amusements, is either so honourable or so safe as the avocation of learning or of science.
Página 305 - Even thou who mourn'st the daisy's fate, That fate is thine — no distant date ; Stern Ruin's ploughshare drives elate, Full on thy bloom, Till crushed beneath the furrow's weight, Shall be thy doom ! — BURNS.
Página 65 - I felt the disgrace of owing so much to him I had injured, and remonstrated against exposing him to such imminent danger of its being known that he had favoured my escape, which from the temper of his commander, I knew would be instant death. Albert, in an angony of fear and distress, besought me to think only of my own safety. — ' Save us both,' said he, ' for if you die, I cannot live.
Página 232 - I call him by his title of honour, though in truth he had many subordinate offices, had originally enlisted with her husband, who went into the army a youth, though he afterwards married and became a country gentleman, had been his servant abroad, and attended him during his last illness at home. His best hat, which he wore a-Sundays, with a scarlet waistcoat of his master's, had still a cockade in it.
Página 324 - I think, should be on the side of literature. In young minds of any vivacity, there is a natural aversion to the drudgery of business, which is seldom overcome, till the efferves-cence of youth is allayed by the progress of time and habit, or till that very warmth is enlisted on the side of their profession, by the opening prospects of ambition or emolument.
Página 331 - But the periodical essayist commits to his readers the feelings of the day, in the language which those feelings have prompted. As he has delivered himself with the freedom of intimacy and the cordiality of friendship, he will naturally look for the indulgence which those relations may claim; and when he bids his readers adieu, will hope, as well as feel, the regrets of an acquaintance, and the tenderness of a friend.

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