The British Essayists, Zväzok 33

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Alexander Chalmers
J. Johnson, 1808

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Strana 199 - He has read all our poets with particular attention to this delicacy of versification, and wonders at the supineness with which their works have been hitherto perused, so that no man has found the sound of a drum in this distich : " When pulpit, drum ecclesiastic, Was beat with fist instead of a stick...
Strana 242 - Here will I hold. If there's a power above us (And that there is, all Nature cries aloud Through all her works), he must delight in virtue ; And that which he delights in must be happy.
Strana 228 - He that thinks with more extent than another, will want words of larger meaning.
Strana 47 - ... of mutilation, or with the excision or laceration of the vital parts ; to examine whether burning irons are felt more acutely by the bone or tendon ; and whether the more lasting agonies are produced by poison forced into the mouth, or injected into the veins.
Strana 6 - ... performed. He that waits for an opportunity to do much at once, may breathe out his life in idle wishes, and regret, in the last hour, his useless intentions, and barren zeal.
Strana i - But in this number of his Idler his spirits seem to run riot; for in the wantonness of his disquisition he forgets, for a moment, even the reverence for that which he held in high respect; and describes " the attendant on a Court" as one " whose business is to watch the looks of a being, weak and foolish as himself.
Strana 128 - The trade of advertising is now so near to perfection, that it is not easy to propose any improvement.
Strana 310 - There are few things not purely evil, of which we can say, without some emotion of uneasiness, this is the last. Those who never could agree together, shed tears when mutual discontent has determined them to final separation; of a place which has been frequently visited, though without pleasure, the last look is taken with heaviness of heart...
Strana 257 - The Italian, attends only to the invariable, the great and general ideas which are fixed and inherent in universal nature ; the Dutch, on the contrary, to literal truth and a minute exactness in the detail, as I may say, of nature modified by accident. The attention to these petty peculiarities is the very cause of this naturalness so much admired in the Dutch pictures, which, if we suppose it to be a beauty, is certainly...

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