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nother; nor, while she lives, is her image absent from him in the hour of his distress. Sir John Moore, when he fell from his horse in the battle of Corunna, faltered out with his dying breath some message to his mother; and who can forget the last words of Conradin, when, in his fifteenth year, he was led forth to die at Naples, 0 my mother! how great will be your grief, when you hear of it!'
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• dust to dust
How exquisite are those lines of Tasso !
Le crespe chiome d'or puro lucente,
che nulla sente.
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He goes, and Night comes as it never came !
These circumstances, as well as some others that follow, are happily, as far as they regard England, of an ancient date. To us the miseries inflicted by a foreign invader are now known only by description. Many generations have passed away since our countrywomen saw the smoke of an enemy's camp.
But the same passions are always at work every where, and their effects are always nearly the same ; though the circumstances that attend them are infinitely various.
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Within how silentlySi tout cela consistoit en faits, en actions, en paroles to on pourroit le décrire et le rendre en quelque façon : mais comment dire ce qui n'étoit ni dit, ni fait, ni pensé même, mais goûté, mais senti.—Le vrai bonheur ne se décrit pas.-Rousseau.
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Page 85, line 22. Soon through the gadding vine, &c. An English breakfast ; which may well excite in others what in Rousseau continued through life, un goût vif pour les déjeûnés. C'est le tems de la journée où nous sommes le plus tranquilles, où nous causons le plus à notre aise.
The luxuries here mentioned, familiar to us as they now are, were almost unknown before the Revolution.
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With honest dignity, He, who resolves to rise in the world by Politics or Religion, can degrade his mind to any degree, when he sets about it. Overcome the first scruple, and the work is done. “ You hesitate,” said one who spoke
rom experience. “ Put on the mask, young man; ind in a very little while you will not know it from your own face."
Page 87, line 3. Like Hampden struggling in his Country's cause, Zeuxis is said to have drawn his Helen from an assemblage of the most beautiful women; and many & Writer of Fiction, in forming a life to his mind, has recourse to the brightest moments in the lives of others.
I may be suspected of having done so here, and of having designed, as it were, from living models ; but, by making an allusion now and then to those who have really lived, I thought I should give something of interest to the picture, as well as better illustrate my meaning
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Careless of ruin* By the Mass ! said the Duke of Norfolk to Sir Thomas More, * By the Mass ! master More, it is perilous striving with princes; the anger of a prince is death.'— Is that all, my lord? then the difference between you and me is but this—that I shall die to-day,
you to-morrow.'-Roper's Life.
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On thro' that gate misnamed, Traitor's gate, the water gate in the Tower of London.
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Then to the place of trial ; This very slight sketch of Civil Dissension is taken from our own annals; but, for an obvious reason, nol from those of our own Age.
The persons, here immediately alluded to, lived more than a hundred years ago in a reign which Blackstone has justly represented as wicked, sanguinary, and turbulent; but such times have always afforded the most signal instances of heroic courage and ardent affection.
Great reverses, like theirs, lay open the human heart They occur indeed but seldom ; yet all men are liable to them; all, when they occur to others, make them more or less their own; and, were we to describe our condition to an inhabitant of some other planet, could we omit what forms so striking a circumstance in human life?
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and alone, A prisoner, prosecuted for high treason, may now make his defence by counsel. In the reign of William the Third the law was altered ; and it was in rising to urge the necessity of an alteration, that Lord Shaftesbury, with such admirable quickness, took advantage of the embarrassment that seized him. “ If I,” said he, “who rise only to give my opinion of this bill, am so confounded that I cannot say what I intended, what must be the condition of that man, who, without any assistance, is pleading for his life ?”
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Under the Judgment-seat. Lord Russell. May I have somebody to write, to assist my memory?
Mr. Attorney General. Yes, a Servant.
Lord Chief Justice. Any of your Servants shall assist you in writing any thing you please for you.
Lord Russell. My Wife is here, my Lord, to do it.State TRIALS, II.
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See the Alcestis of Euripides, v. 194.
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Lo, there the Friend, Such as Russell found in Cavendish; and such as many have found.
Page 88, line 9. And, when her dear, dear Father passed along, An allusion to the last interview of Sir Thomas More and his daughter Margaret. “ Dear Meg,” said he, when afterwards with a coal he wrote to bid her farewell, “ I never liked your manner towards me better; for I like when daughterly love and dear charity have no leisure to look to worldly courtesy.”-Roper's