The Reveries of Solitude: Consisting of Essays in Prose, a New Translation of the Muscipula, and Original Pieces in Verse

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R. Cruttwell, 1793 - 207 pages
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Page 86 - Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
Page 10 - tis his ; and has been flave to tho-ufands; But he, that filches from me my good name, Robs me of That, which not enriches him, And makes me poor indeed.
Page 129 - twas thought (Such is myfon's and daughter's pride) It was too mean for me to ride. Dear fir ! faid they, it is not fit For you to mount this paltry tit : It were as well almoft, alas ! To ride, like Balaam, on an afs.
Page 64 - ... differently from a great part of the world in matters of importance, but conform to them in trifles. This is what Seneca fo forcibly inculcates in his fifth Epiftle to his friend Lucilius.
Page 128 - One for domeftick confolation, And one for health and recreation. Be cautious then, but not too nice; Nor liften to each fool's advice : Nor, guided by the publick voice, But your own reafon, make your choice.
Page 129 - tis ten to one He trips and throws his rider down. I liften'd then to their advice, And bought a colt — at no fmall price : A ftately fteed, that on the road Would proudly prance beneath his load. But this Bucephalus, again, Put my young family in pain ; Who cordially exprefs'd their fears, That I, a man advanced in years, Regardlefs of my own dear* neck, Should undertake a colt to break.
Page 202 - Full threescore springs had blossom'd o'er his head, Yet nimble as a roebuck was his tread ; For, in his youth, he ne'er did heat his blood With liquors hot, or high and luscious food ; Therefore his age, like frosty winter past, Hoary, but hale and healthy to the last. ' What! walk to Bath, sir?' crifs some gouty man: * No sir,' quoth he,
Page 62 - ... that they chufe to be taken notice of, even for their abfurdities, rather than to be entirely overlooked, and loft in obfcurity ; and, if they defpair of exciting the attention of the world, by any brilliant or ufeful accompli Ihment, they will endeavour to gain it by fome ridiculous peculiarity in their drefs, their equipage, or accoutrement;.
Page 65 - ... any thing fingular in your drefs, or in your manner of life. Avoid that prepofterous ambition of gaining applaufe, by your uncouth appearance, your hair uncombed, and your beard neglefted ; nor be always declaiming againft the ufe of plate, of foft beds, or any thing of that kind. The very...
Page 66 - F they they are afraid that they are to imitate us in every thing. " The firft advantages which philofophy promifes are, a...

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