British Synonymy: Or, An Attempt at Regulating the Choice of Words in Familiar Conversation, Volum 2

G. G. and J. Robinson, 1794

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Side 409 - Night primaeval and of Chaos old ! Before her, Fancy's gilded clouds decay, And all its varying rainbows die away. Wit shoots in vain its momentary fires, The meteor drops, and in a flash expires. As one by one, at dread Medea's strain, The sick'ning stars fade off th' ethereal plain ; As Argus
Side 410 - Light dies before thy uncreating word : Thy hand, great Anarch, lets the curtain fall, And universal darkness buries all.
Side 188 - Pretty ! in amber to observe the forms Of hairs, or straws, or dirt, or grubs, or worms ! The things, we know, are neither rich nor rare, But wonder how the devil they got there.
Side 83 - From harmony, from heavenly harmony, This universal frame began : When Nature underneath a heap of jarring atoms lay, And could not heave her head, The tuneful voice was heard from high. Arise ye more than dead. Then cold and hot, and moist and dry, In order to their stations leap, And music's power obey. From harmony, from heavenly harmony, This universal frame began : From harmony to harmony Through all the compass of the notes it ran, The diapason closing full in man.
Side 177 - ... of reafon, propriety, and truth. A quibble was to him the fatal Cleopatra for which he loft the world, and was content to lofe it.
Side 99 - Waller was fmooth; but Dryden taught to join The varying verfe, the full-refounding line, The long majeftic march, and energy divine.
Side 138 - London ladies. If you at an office solicit your due, And would not have matters neglected; You must quicken the clerk with the perquisite too, To do what his duty directed. Or would you the frowns of a lady prevent, She too has this palpable failing, The perquisite softens her into consent; That reason with all is prevailing. LUCY. What love or money can do shall be done: for all my comfort depends upon your safety.
Side 118 - Enough! thou haft convinced me, that no human being can ever be a poet. Proceed with thy narration." " To be a poet, faid Imlac, is indeed very difficult." " So difficult, returned the prince, that I will at prefent hear no more of his labours. Tell me •whither you went when you had feen Perfia.
Side 367 - tis not to adorn and gild each part; That shows more cost than art. Jewels at nose and lips but ill appear ; Rather than all things wit, let none be there, Several lights will not be seen, If there be nothing else between. Men doubt, because they stand so thick i* th' sky, If those be stars which paint the Galaxy.
Side 288 - I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus." Babylon is further declared to be "that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.