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J. Johnson, 1801
 

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Página 205 - His Tale of a Tub has little resemblance to his other pieces. It exhibits a vehemence and rapidity of mind, a copiousness of images, and vivacity of diction, such as he afterwards never possessed, or never exerted. It is of a mode so distinct and peculiar, that it must be considered by itself; what is true of that, is not true of any thing else which he has written.
Página 47 - I think there is not a greater folly than that of entering into too strict and particular a friendship, with the loss of which a man must be absolutely miserable ; but especially at an age when it is too late to engage in a new friendship. Besides, this was a person of my own rearing and instructing from childhood ; who excelled in every good quality that can possibly accomplish a human creature.
Página 209 - I'll tell you one that first comes into my head. One evening, Gay and I went to see him: you know how intimately we were all acquainted. On our coming in, 'Heyday, gentlemen (says the Doctor), what's the meaning of this visit ? How came you to leave all the great Lords, that you are so fond of, to come hither to see a poor Dean ? ' — Because we would rather see you than any of them.
Página 210 - Ay, that would have done very well : two shillings : tarts a shilling. But you will drink a glass of wine with me, though you supped so much before your usual time, only to spare my pocket.' — ' No, we had rather talk with you than drink with you.
Página 209 - Ay, any one that did not know so well as I do might believe you. But since you are come, I must get some supper for you, I suppose.
Página 213 - ... powers. They are often humorous, almost always light, and have the qualities which recommend such compositions, easiness and gaiety. They are, for the most part, what their author intended. The diction is correct, the numbers are smooth, and the rhymes exact. There seldom occurs a hard.laboured expression, or a redundant epithet ; all his verses exemplify his own definition of a good style, they consist of " proper words in proper places.
Página 148 - Mr Lewis every day remembers you. I lie at his house in town. Dr Arbuthnot's daughter does not degenerate from the humour and goodness of her father. I love her much.
Página 22 - he shall not begin to print till I have a thousand guineas for him.' Lord Treasurer, after leaving the Queen, came through the room, beckoning Dr. Swift to follow him, — both went off just before prayers.
Página 21 - He was soliciting the Earl of Arran to speak to his brother, the Duke of Ormond, to get a chaplain's place established in the garrison of Hull for Mr. Fiddes, a clergyman in that neighborhood who had lately been in jail, and published sermons to pay fees.
Página 212 - He seems to have wasted life in discontent, by the rage of neglected pride, and the languishment of unsatisfied desire. He is querulous and fastidious, arrogant and malignant; he scarcely speaks of himself but with indignant lamentations, or of others but with insolent superiority when he is gay, and with angry contempt when he is gloomy.

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