Historical sketches of the reign of George second, Volume 1

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William Blackwood and sons, 1869

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Pagina 239 - There, interspersed in lawns and opening glades, Thin trees arise that shun each other's shades. Here in full light the russet plains extend : There wrapt in clouds the bluish hills ascend. Ev'n the wild heath displays her purple dyes, And 'midst the desert fruitful fields arise, That, crown'd with tufted trees and springing corn, Like verdant isles, the sable waste adorn.
Pagina 298 - vails the vain knight-errant's brand ? — O Douglas for thy leading wand ! Fierce Randolph for thy speed ! O for one hour of Wallace wight, Or well-skilled Bruce, to rule the fight, And cry " Saint Andrew and our right...
Pagina 282 - Lochiel — who, my father has often told me, was our firmest friend — may stay at home and learn from the newspapers the fate of his Prince !
Pagina 248 - He used to encourage me much, and used to tell me, that there was one way left of excelling : for though we had several great poets, we never had any one great poet that was correct; and he desired me to make that my study and aim.
Pagina 205 - The smallpox, so fatal and so general amongst us, is here entirely harmless by the invention of ingrafting, which is the term they give it. There is a set of old women who make it their business to perform the operation every autumn, in the month of September, when the great heat is abated. People send to one another to know if any of their family has a mind to have the smallpox ; they make parties for this purpose, and when they are met (commonly fifteen or sixteen together), the old woman comes...
Pagina 253 - twixt reading and bohea, To muse, and spill her solitary tea, Or o'er cold coffee trifle with the spoon, Count the slow clock, and dine exact at noon: Divert her eyes with pictures in the fire, Hum half a tune, tell stories to the squire; Up to her godly garret after seven, There starve and pray, for that's the way to heaven.
Pagina 205 - The children or young patients play together all the rest of the day, and are in perfect health to the eighth. Then the fever begins to seize them, and they keep their beds two days, very seldom three. They have very rarely above twenty or thirty [pocks] in their faces, which never mark; and in eight days' time they are as well as before their illness.
Pagina 132 - I quoted Martial; and when I had a mind to be a fine gentleman, I talked Ovid. I was convinced that none but the ancients had common sense; that the classics contained everything that was either necessary, useful, or ornamental to men; and I was not without thoughts of wearing the toga virilis of the Romans, instead of the vulgar .and illiberal dress of the moderns.
Pagina 31 - You may strut, dapper George, but 'twill all be in vain ; We know 'tis Queen Caroline, not you that reign — You govern no more than Don Philip of Spain. Then if you would have us fall down and adore you, Lock up your fat spouse, as your dad did before you.

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