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Side 40 - The Pythagorean scale of numbers' was at once discovered to be perfect; but the poems of Homer we yet know not to transcend the common limits of human intelligence, but by remarking, that nation after nation, and century after century, has been able to do little more than transpose his incidents, new name his characters, and paraphrase his sentiments.
Side 171 - Shakespeare engaged in dramatic poetry with the world open before him. The rules of the ancients were yet known to few; the public judgment was unformed ; he had no example of such fame as might force him upon imitation, nor critics of such authority as might restrain his extravagance.
Side 68 - Could I have rewarded these services I would not now call upon my Country ; but as that has not been in my power, I leave Emma Lady Hamilton, therefore, a Legacy to my King and Country, that they will give her an ample provision to maintain her rank in life.
Side 37 - Horatio — heavens, what a transition! — it seemed as if a whole century had been stept over in the transition of a single scene; old things were done away, and a new order at once brought forward, bright and luminous, and clearly destined to dispel the barbarisms and bigotry of a tasteless age, too long attached to the prejudices of custom, and superstitiously devoted to the illusions of imposing declamation.
Side 293 - Essay, which, they said, was a book they always kept by them ; and the King said he had one copy of it at Kew, and another in town, and immediately went and took it down from a shelf. I found it was the second edition. ' I never stole a book but one,' said his Majesty, ' and that was yours (speaking to me); I stole it from the Queen, to give it to Lord Hertford to read.
Side 105 - ... that you cannot but by active force get down to the egg. Thus you feel the power of the water to support you, and learn to confide in that power ; while your endeavours to overcome it, and...
Side 81 - The labour and fatigue of the navy have been continued and excessive ; it has not been of one day or of one week, but for months together. In the bay of Aboukir, on the New Inundation, and on the Nile, for 160 miles, they have been employed without intermission ; and have submitted to many privations, with a cheerfulness and patience highly creditable to them, and advantageous to the public service.
Side 23 - ... that all books of history concerning the state of this realm, or other books concerning any affairs of state, shall be licensed by the Principal Secretaries of State for the time being or one of them, or by their or one of their appointments...
Side 292 - The Doctor told me, that he had not seen the King yesterday, but had left a note in writing, to intimate, that I was to be at his house today ; and that one of the King's pages had come to him this morning, to say, ' that his Majesty would see me a little after twelve.
Side 234 - Maldonado and other assailable points. Our progress up the river was very much retarded by the shoalness of the water, adverse winds and currents, continual fogs, and the great inaccuracy of the charts; but by the unremitting, and laborious exertions of the officers and men I had the honour to command, these difficulties were surmounted, and the squadron anchored on the afternoon of the 25th off Point Quelmey a Pouichin, about twelve miles from Buenos Ayres. As it was impossible for the Narcissus...