The General Biographical Dictionary: Containing an Historical Account of the Lives and Writings of the Most Eminent Persons in Every Nation; Particularly the British and Irish; from the Earliest to the Present Time, Volume 29
J. Nichols, 1816 - Biography
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Page 320 - The great defect of The Seasons is want of method; but for this I know not that there was any remedy. Of many appearances subsisting all at once, no rule can be given why one should be mentioned before another ; yet the memory wants the help of order, and the curiosity is not excited by suspense or expectation. His diction is in the highest degree florid and luxuriant, such as may be said to be to his images and thoughts " both their lustre and their shade:" such as invest them with splendour, through...
Page 174 - This great Prelate had the good humour of a gentleman, the eloquence of an orator, the fancy of a poet, the acuteness of a school-man, the profoundness of a philosopher, the wisdom of a Chancellor, the sagacity of a prophet, the reason of an angel, and the piety of a saint...
Page 121 - Studentship for three years after their degree. Students therefore who are elected previous to admission at any College, can hold them eight years.
Page 319 - His numbers, his pauses, his diction, are of his own growth, without transcription, without imitation. He thinks in a peculiar train, and he thinks always as a man of genius ; he looks round on nature and on life with the eye which nature bestows only on a poet ; the eye that distinguishes, in every thing presented to its view, whatever there is on which imagination can delight to be detained, and with a mind that at once comprehends the vast, and attends to the minute. The reader of the Seasons...
Page 108 - It is a singular fact that the will of the donor was made on the very day on which the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws was conferred upon him by the College, Mr.
Page 188 - The only work Taylor published, was the " History of Gavelkind, with the etymology thereof; containing also an assertion, that our English laws are, for the most part, those that were used by the ancient Brytains, notwithstanding the several conquests of the Romans, Saxons, Danes, and Normans. With some observations and remarks upon many especial occurrences of British and English history. To which is added, a short history of William the conqueror, written in Latin by an anonymous author in the...
Page 73 - I now transmit to you in his own hand, being willing that of so great a work the history should be known, and that each writer should receive his due proportion of praise from posterity. I recommend to you to preserve this scrap of literary intelligence, in Mr. Swinton's own hand, or to deposit it in the Museum, that the veracity of the account may never be doubted. I am, sir, your most humble servant, Dec. 6, 1784. SAM. JOHNSON.
Page 52 - ... at the same time extremely fond of the infant, she stole him on shipboard unknown to his mother and uncle, and carried him with her to Whitehaven, where he continued for almost three years. For, when the matter was discovered, his mother sent orders by all means not to hazard a second voyage till he could be better able to bear it.
Page 68 - Hie depositum est corpus JONATHAN SWIFT, STP Hujus Ecclesiae Cathedralis Decani Ubi saeva indignatio Ulterius cor lacerare nequit, Abi viator Et imitare, si poteris, Strenuum pro virili libertatis vindicem.
Page 63 - Heaven intends, Take pity on your pitying friends ! Nor let your ills affect your mind, To fancy they can be unkind. Me, surely me, you ought to spare, Who gladly would your suffering share ; Or give my scrap of life to you, And think it far beneath your due ; You, to whose care so oft I owe That I'm alive to tell you so.