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Page 159 - It was known he was dying, and the anxiety, not of the rich and the learned only, but of the mechanics and peasants, exceeded all belief. Wherever two or three people stood together, their talk was of Burns and of him alone ; they spoke of his history — of his person — of his works, — of his family — of his fame, and of his untimely and approaching fate, with a warmth and an enthusiasm which will ever endear Dumfries to my remembrance. All that he said or was saying — the opinions of the...
Page 393 - ... mile an hour, or be of the least utility ; and while we were putting off from the wharf, which was crowded with spectators, I heard a number of sarcastic remarks. This is the way in which ignorant men compliment what they call philosophers and projectors.
Page 393 - The power of propelling boats by steam is now fully proved. The morning I left New York, there were not perhaps thirty persons in the city who believed that the boat would ever move one mile an hour, or be of the least utility; and while we were putting off from the wharf, which was crowded with spectators, I heard a number of sarcastic remarks.
Page 195 - Ah ! a seraph may pray for a sinner, But a sinner must pray for himself. The twig is so easily bended, I have banished the rule and the rod; I have taught them the goodness of knowledge, They have taught me the goodness of God.
Page 106 - For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
Page 6 - Trust in God, and do the right.' Some will hate thee, some will love thee, Some will flatter, some will slight ; Cease from man, and look above thee : ' Trust in God, and do the right.
Page 159 - His differences with them in some important points of human speculation and religious hope were forgotten and forgiven; they thought only of his genius — of the delight his compositions had diffused — and they talked of him with the same awe as of some departing spirit, whose voice was to gladden them no more. His last moments have never been described; he had laid his head quietly on the pillow awaiting dissolution, when his attendant reminded him of his medicine and held the cup to his lip....
Page 211 - Virtue is the foundation of honour and esteem, 'add the source of all beauty, order and happiness in nature. It is what confers value on all the other endowments and qualities of a reasonable being., to which they ought to be absolutely subservient ; and without which, the more eminent they are, the more hideous deformities, and the greater curses, they become.
Page 212 - This unites us to the whole rational creation, and fits, us for conversing with any order of superior natures, and for a place in any part of God's works. It procures us the approbation and love of all wise and good beings, and renders them our allies and friends. — But what is of unspeakably greater consequence is, that it makes God our friend, assimilates and unites our minds to his, and engages his almighty power in our defence. — Superior beings of all ranks are bound by it no less than ourselves.
Page 195 - I shut them from breaking a rule; My frown is sufficient correction ; My love is the law of the school I shall leave the old house in the autumn, To traverse its threshold no more ; Ah ! how I shall sigh for the dear ones, That meet me each morn at the door ! I shall miss the