The Miscellaneous Prose Works of Sir Walter Scott, Bart: Life of Jonathan Swift

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Wells and Lilly, 1829 - 323 pàgines

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Pàgina 301 - So soon as that spare Cassius. He reads much ; He is a great observer and he looks Quite through the deeds of men ; he loves no plays, As thou dost, Antony ; he hears no music ; Seldom he smiles, and smiles in such a sort As if he mock'd himself and scorn'd his spirit That could be moved to smile at any thing.
Pàgina 167 - But what success Vanessa met, Is to the world a secret yet. Whether the nymph, to please her swain, Talks in a high romantic strain ; Or whether he at last descends To act with less seraphic ends ; Or to compound the business, whether They temper love and books together ; Must never to mankind be told, Nor shall the conscious Muse unfold.
Pàgina 325 - That he has in his works no metaphor, as has been said, is not true; but his few metaphors seem to be received rather by necessity than choice.
Pàgina 175 - No, we had rather talk with you than drink with you.' ' But, if you had supped with me, as in all reason you ought to have done, you must then have drunk with me.
Pàgina 340 - Mr. Swift lived with him (Sir William Temple) some time, but resolving to settle himself in some way of living, was inclined to take orders. However, although his fortune was very small, he had a scruple of entering into the church merely for support...
Pàgina 175 - That's very strange ; but, if you had not supped, I must have got something for you. Let me see, what should I have had ? A couple of lobsters ; ay, that would have done very well ; two shillings ; tarts, a shilling ; but you will drink a glass of wine with me, though you supped so much before your usual time only to spare my pocket I' ' No, we had rather talk with you than drink with you.
Pàgina 324 - His Tale of a Tub has little resemblance to his other pieces. It exhibits a vehemence and rapidity of mind, a copiousness of images, and vivacity of diction, such as he afterwards never possessed, or never exerted. It is of a mode so distinct and peculiar, that it must be considered by itself; what is true of that, is not true of any thing else which he has written.
Pàgina 87 - I called at Mr. Secretary, to see what the d — ailed him on Sunday ; I made him a very proper speech, told him " I observed he was much out of temper : that I did not expect he would tell me the cause, but would be glad to see he was in better;" and one thing I warned him of, " never to appear cold to me, for I would not be treated like a schoolboy ; that I had felt too much of that in my life already...
Pàgina 57 - If he should happen to be in town, and you light on him, I think you ought to tell him gravely, that, if he be the author, he should set his name to the, etc. and rally him a little upon it: and tell him, if he can explain some things, you will, if he pleases, set his name to the next edition.
Pàgina 194 - The remedy is wholly in your own hands ; and therefore I have digressed a little, in order to refresh and continue that spirit so seasonably raised among you ; and to let you see, that by the laws of GOD, of NATURE, of NATIONS, and of your COUNTRY, you ARE and OUGHT to be as FREE a people as your brethren in England.

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