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Página 84 - to be an admiral, and in the command of the English fleet; I should very soon either do much, or be ruined : my disposition cannot bear tame and slow measures. Sure I am, had I commanded on the 1 4th, that either the whole French fleet would have graced my triumph, or I should have been in a confounded scrape.
Página 257 - ... country. He left him her portrait in enamel, calling him his dearest friend ; the most virtuous, loyal, and truly brave character he had ever known. The codicil containing this bequest concluded with these words : " God bless him, and shame fall on those who do not say amen.
Página 307 - The most triumphant death is that of the martyr ; the most awful, that of the martyred patriot ; the most splendid, that of the hero in the hour of victory : and if the chariot and the horses of fire had been vouchsafed for Nelson's translation, he could scarcely have departed in a brighter blaze of glory.
Página 135 - Nelson had hardly taken either sleep or food ; he now ordered his dinner to be served, while preparations were making for battle ; and when his officers rose from table, and went to their separate stations, he said to them : ' Before this time to-morrow I shall have gained a peerage, or Westminster Abbey.
Página 289 - May the great God, whom I worship, grant to my country, and for the benefit of Europe in general, a great and glorious victory, and may no misconduct in any one tarnish it; and may humanity after victory be the predominant feature in the British fleet! For myself individually, I commit my life to Him that made me; and may his blessing alight on my endeavours for serving my country faithfully! To Him I resign myself, and the just cause which is entrusted to me to defend. Amen, Amen, Amen.
Página 121 - A left-handed admiral,' he said in a subsequent letter, ' will never again be considered as useful ; therefore the sooner I get to a very humble cottage the better, and make room for a sounder man to serve the state.
Página 137 - First gain the victory," he said, " and then make the best use of it you can." The moment he perceived the position of the French, that intuitive genius with which Nelson was endowed displayed itself; and it instantly struck him, that where there was room for an enemy's ship to swing, there was room for one of ours to anchor. The plan which he intended to pursue...
Página 159 - What precious moments," said he, " the courts of Naples and Vienna are losing ! Three months would liberate Italy ! but this court is so enervated, that the happy moment will be lost. I am very unwell ; and their miserable conduct is not likely to cool my irritable temper. It is a country of fiddlers and poets, whores and scoundrels.
Página 48 - ... for the whole sum. One of his officers, one day, in speaking of the restraint which he was thus compelled to suffer, happened to use the word pity t ' Pity!' exclaimed Nelson. ' Pity ! did you say ? I shall live, sir, to be envied ; and to that point I shall always direct my course !' Eight weeks he remained under this state of duresse.