Select British Classics, Volume 36

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J. Conrad, 1803 - English literature

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Page 138 - A combination and a form, indeed, Where every god did seem to set his seal, To give the world assurance of a man: This was your husband.
Page 138 - In these two princely boys! They are as gentle As zephyrs, blowing below the violet, Not wagging his sweet head: and yet as rough, Their royal blood enchafd, as the rud'st wind, That by the top doth take the mountain pine, And make him stoop to the vale.
Page 44 - By the loud trumpet summon'd to the charge, See, all the formidable sons of fire, Eruptions, earthquakes, comets, lightnings, play Their various engines ; all at once disgorge Their blazing magazines ; and take, by storm, This poor terrestrial citadel of man. Amazing period ! when each mountain-height Out-burns Vesuvius ; rocks eternal pour ' , Their melted mass, as rivers once they pour'd ; Stars rush ; and final ruin fiercely drives Her ploughshare o'er creation...
Page 295 - ... supply the place of his manly curiosity and penetration. To paint him with a cheerful open countenance would be a poor return of compliment for the flattery that his approbation bestows, which, by not being promised, doubly satisfies one's selflove. The merit of others is degrading to their friends; the gentleman I mean makes his worth open upon you, by persuading you that he discovers some in you.
Page 126 - James's coffee-house an old acquaintance of mine, Sir Harry Prigg ; who having been long rusticated, and much altered, I should never have recollected, had it not been for the information of a fine old coat, in which I remembered him to have made a figure about town many years ago. After the usual civilities had passed between us, amongst many other questions, he asked me when I had seen our old school-fellow, Sir John Jolly* ? I answered that I had last summer spent some days with him at his country...
Page 221 - Two gentlemen were riding together, one of whom, who was a choleric one, happened to be mounted on a high-mettled horse. The horse grew a little troublesome, at which the rider grew very angry, and whipped and spurred him with great fury ; to which the horse, almost as wrong-headed as his master, replied with kicking and plunging.
Page 224 - ... age has degenerated ; and, from the fall of the first man, my unfortunate ancestor, our species has been tumbling on, century by century, from bad to worse, for about six thousand years. Considering this progressive state of deterioration, it is a very great mercy that things are no worse with us at present, since, geometrically speaking, the human ought by this time to have sunk infinitely below the brute and the vegetable species, which are neither of them supposed to have dwindled or degenerated...
Page 78 - The maid who modestly conceals Her beauties, while she hides, reveals ; Give but a glimpse, and FANCY draws Whate'er the GRECIAN VENUS was. From EVE'S...
Page 222 - ... which have often mischievous consequences. Nothing is too outrageous or criminal for them to say or do in these fits ; But, as the beginning of their frenzy is easily discoverable, by their glaring eyes, inflamed countenances, and rapid motions, the company, as conservators of the peace, (which, by the way, every man is till the authority of a magistrate can be procured,) should forcibly seize these madmen, and confine them, in the mean time, in some dark closet, vault, or coal-hole. Men of nice...
Page 50 - ... good effect on the conduct of those polite people, who are too sagacious, learned, and courageous, to be kept in awe by the threats of hell and damnation: and I exhort every fine lady to consider how wretched will be her condition, if, after twenty or thirty years spent at cards, in elegant rooms, kept warm by good fires and soft carpets, she should at last be obliged to change places with one of her...

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