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Página 315 - It must be owned that our language is at present in a state of anarchy ; and hitherto, perhaps, it may not have been the worse for it. During our free and open trade, many words and expressions have been imported, adopted, and naturalized, from other languages, which have greatly enriched our own. Let it still preserve what real strength and beauty it may have borrowed from others, but let it not, like the Tarpeian maid, be overwhelmed and crushed by unnecessary foreign ornaments.
Página 512 - Regia Solis erat sublimibus alta columnis, "Clara micante auro, flammasque imitante pyropo. "Cujus ebur nitidum fastigia summa tenebat: " Argenti bifores radiabant lumine valvae, "Materiem superabat opus : nam Mulciber illic "JSquora cselarat medias cingentia terras, "Terrarumque orbem, coelumque quodimminet orbi.
Página 418 - The dews of the evening most carefully shun ! Those tears of the sky for the loss of the sun.
Página 316 - I give my vote for Mr. Johnson to fill that great and arduous post. And I hereby declare, that I make a total surrender of all my rights and privileges in the English language, as a free-born British subject, to the said Mr.
Página x - Ralph; but, each of them having afterwards wronged me greatly without the least compunction, and recollecting Keith's conduct towards me (who was another freethinker), and my own towards Vernon and Miss Read, which at times gave me great trouble, I began to suspect that this doctrine, though it might be true, was not very useful. My London pamphlet, which had for its motto these lines of Dryden: Whatever is is right. Though purblind man Sees but a part o...
Página 16 - But what is still more hard, though the poor author, the proprietor I should say, cannot perhaps dine till he has found out and agreed with a purchaser, yet, before he can propose to seek for a purchaser, he must patiently submit to have his goods rummaged at this new excise-office...
Página 21 - ... the bill now before us, or indeed that it will not be in a very great degree promoted by it. For what produces all kind of wickedness but the prospect of impunity on one part, or the solicitation of opportunity on the other? Either of these...
Página 5 - ... enjoy, is liberty. But every good in this life has its alloy of evil. Licentiousness is the alloy of liberty. It is an ebullition, an excrescence ; it is a speck upon the eye of the political body, which I can never touch but with a gentle, with a trembling hand ; lest I destroy the body, lest I injure the eye, upon which it is apt to appear.
Página 393 - O then, sir, I am your servant,' and went off in a laugh. Thus informed and edified, I went off too, but could not help reflecting in my way, upon the singular ill-luck of this my dear country, which, as long as ever I remember it, and as far back as I have read, has always been governed by the only two or three people, out of two or three millions, totally incapable of governing, and unfit to be trusted. But these reflections were soon interrupted by numbers of people, whom I observed crowding...
Página 20 - By this artifice, gross as it is, the patrons of this wonderful bill hope to obstruct a plain and open detection of its tendency. They hope, my lords, that the bill shall operate in the same manner with the liquor which it is intended to bring into more general use; and that, as those who drink spirits are drunk before they are well aware that they are drinking, the effects of this law shall be perceived before we know that we have made it. Their intent is to give us a dram of policy, which is to...

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