Vagaries Vindicated, Or, Hypocritick Hypercriticks: A Poem, Address'd to the Reviewers

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Brown, 1813 - 60 pagine
 

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Pagina 55 - It is designed a character of perfect simplicity ; and as the goodness of his heart will recommend him to the good-natured, so I hope it will excuse me to the gentlemen of his cloth, for whom, while they are worthy of their sacred order, no man can possibly have a greater respect. They will therefore excuse me, notwithstanding the low adventures in which he is engaged, that I have made him a clergyman...
Pagina 9 - I'll allow you now to find fault with my face, for I'll swear your impudence has put me out of countenance. But look you here now, where did you lose this gold bodkin? Oh, sister, sister! Mrs. Frail. My bodkin! Mrs. Fore. Nay, 'tis yours, look at it.
Pagina 29 - I'll tell you, friend! a wise man and a fool. You'll find, if once the monarch acts the monk Or, cobbler-like, the parson will be drunk, Worth makes the man, and want of it the fellow, The rest is all but leather or prunella.
Pagina 40 - I have very little estate, but what lies under the circumference of my hat ; and should I by mischance come to lose my head, I should not be worth a groat ; but I ought to thank Providence that I can by three hours...
Pagina 18 - ... to Vagaries Vindicated, we find the same argument applied to the critical condemnation of obscene innuendoes, which, if left unexplained, would do no harm to the young, while amusing their elders. Here is a passage about the supposed dangers of such indecent writing to the characters of young girls: 'Tis then the stiff Reviewer, seeming vex'd, Turns to the Maid, and glosses on the text: Warns her of what its passages may mean; 'That is immoral! - this, downright obscene!' Till soon, the curious...
Pagina 32 - ... of Satan's leaven ! — Clad in the worldly livery of HEAVEN, Should drink, wench, gamble, bully, flatter, lie, Commit all crimes, — including Simony, — Must we not, then, to prove our zeal complete, The more we love the ORDER, loath the CHEAT ? The Cheat ! — and are there such ? — Strange things, alas! Have, among Holy Shepherds, come to pass ! Some, to the Wolf abandoning their Flocks, Have broke their necks by following the Fox ; Some have admire'd, as sundry folks opine, Their Patrons...
Pagina 36 - I should have looked upon it now as one of the illusions of an imagination which is eternally misleading me, had not the old man, as soon as the dance ended, said that this was their constant way; and that all his life long he had made it a rule, after supper was over, to call out his family to dance and rejoice; believing, he said, that a cheerful and contented mind was the best sort of thanks to Heaven that an illiterate peasant could pay Or a learned prelate either, said I.
Pagina 36 - Ihe illusions of an imagiuation, which is eternally misleading me, had not the old man, as soon as the dance ended, said, that this was their constant way ; and that, all his life long, he had made it a rule, after supper was over, to call out his family to dance and rejoice : believing, he said, that a cheerful and contented mind was Ihe best sort of thanks to heaven that an illiterate peasant could pay — — Or a learned prelate either, said I.
Pagina 31 - It is the same with the clergy. Here Vagaries Vindicated offers a number of remarkable passages too long for quotation. Colman had been criticized for treating the clergy lightly, and in return he emphasizes their failings. But this argues no essential disrespect: But how must indignation doubly boil When Priests our reverence for their Cloth would spoil! If an Impostor - worst of Satan's leaven ! Clad in the worldly livery of Heaven, Should drink, wench, gamble, bully, flatter, lie, Commit all crimes...
Pagina 53 - ... Observation by his side. Has taught us how to sport, yet not deride ; There the keen Artist, the poor Churchman's Friend, Bids Laughter, Moral, and Religion, blend. Seek contrarieties in Man combine'd : Book-knowledge, with no knowledge of Mankind; Good parts, good nature, open to the shaft Of worldly...

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