Eighteenth Century Vignettes ...

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Dodd, Mead and Company, 1896 - 362 pages
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Page 265 - Venus, take my votive glass, Since I am not what I was ; What from this day I shall be, Venus, let me never see.
Page 246 - Nobles and heralds, by your leave, Here lies what once was Matthew Prior, The son of Adam and of Eve ; Can Bourbon or Nassau claim higher ? " But, in this case, the old prejudice got the better of the old joke.
Page 45 - you represent him as having killed one of these birds on entering the South Sea, and that the tutelary spirits of these regions take upon them to avenge the crime.
Page 339 - Radcliff ; was so ill, That other doctors gave me over : He felt my pulse, prescribed his pill, And I was likely to recover. " But when the wit began to wheeze, And wine had warmed the politician, Cured yesterday of my disease, I died last night of my physician.
Page 243 - Cicely went off with a gentleman's purse; And as to my sister so mild and so dear, She has lain in the churchyard full many a year. "Well, peace to her ashes! what signifies grief? She roasted red veal, and she powder'd lean beef: Full nicely she knew to cook up a fine dish; For tough were her pullets, and tender her fish.
Page 264 - Yes, every poet is a fool; By demonstration Ned can show it; Happy could Ned's inverted rule Prove every fool to be a poet.
Page 250 - Matthew's palace, in Duke-street, To try for once, if they can dine On bacon-ham, and mutton-chine. If wearied with the great affairs, Which Britain trusts to Harley's cares, Thou, humble statesman, mayst descend, Thy mind one moment to unbend, To see thy servant from his soul Crown with thy health the sprightly bowl...
Page 19 - ... of his feelings, delivered in the most affecting tones of voice, and with gestures that belong only to nature. It was a fiction as delightful as fancy, and as touching as truth. A few nights before I saw him in " Abel Drugger," and had I not seen him in both, I should have thought it as possible for Milton to have written " Hudibras," and Butler " Paradise Lost," as for one man to have played "Hamlet" and "Drugger
Page 243 - And the hostler that sung about eight years ago ? And where is your sister, so mild and so dear, Whose voice to her maids like a trumpet was clear...

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