The Microcosm: A Periodical Work, Volume 1

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John Smith, George Canning, Robert Percy Smith, John Hookham Frere
C. Knight, 1809

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Page 98 - The Queen of Hearts, she made some tarts, All on a summer day: The Knave of Hearts, he stole those tarts, And took them quite away!
Page 4 - ... the leading features of the mind. He may see the embryo statesman, who hereafter may wield and direct at pleasure the mighty and complex system of European Politics, now employing the whole extent of his abilities to circumvent his companions at their plays, or adjusting the important differences, which may arise between the contending...
Page 114 - Do, pious marble, let thy readers know What they, and what their children owe To DRAYTON'S name, whose sacred dust We recommend unto thy trust. Protect his memory, and preserve his story : Remain a lasting monument of his glory ; And when thy ruins shall disclaim To be the treasurer of his name, His name that cannot fade shall be An everlasting monument to thee.] " Read ' Ml ' [Michael ?]. 1 Of Anderson's Life.
Page 43 - Thy sons (sad change !) in abject bondage sigh ; Unpitied toil, and unlamented die. Groan at the labours of the galling oar, Or the dark caverns of the mine explore. The glittering tyranny of Othman's sons, The pomp of horror which surrounds their thrones, Has awed their servile spirits into fear ; Spurned by the foot, they tremble and revere.
Page 92 - For the proof of which, I shall rather prefer calling the attention of my readers to an object, as yet untreated of by any of my immediate predecessors, than venture to throw in my observations on any work which has before passed the ordeal of frequent examination. And this I shall do for two reasons ; partly, because were I to choose a field, how fertile soever, of which many others had before me been reaping the fruits, mine would be at best but the gleanings of criticism; and partly, from a more...
Page 12 - It has been observed by some ancient philosopher, or poet, or moralist (no matter which), that nothing could be more pernicious to mankind, than the fulfilling of their own wishes. And in truth I am inclined to be of his opinion ; for many a friend of mine, many a. fellow-citizen of this lesser world, would, had his own heedless imprecations on himself taken effect, long ere this have groaned under the complication of almost every calamity capable of entering a human imagination. And with regard...
Page 152 - As the young olive, in some sylvan scene, Crown'd by fresh fountains with eternal green, Lifts the gay head, in snowy flowrets fair, And plays and dances to the gentle air; When lo ! a whirlwind from high heaven invades The tender plant, and...
Page 4 - Politics, now employing the whole extent of his ahilities to circumvent his companions at their plays, or adjusting the important differences, which may arise between the contending heroes of his little circle ; or a general, the future terror of France and Spain, now the dread only of his equals, and the undisputed lord and president of the boxing-ring.
Page 74 - ... dependence are felt or understood, the savage, elate with the idea of absolute independence, and unacquainted with all the advantages which accompany the arts of society, looks down with supreme contempt on a state whose every individual is entirely dependent upon and connected with the community. The wretched Esquimaux give themselves the exclusive title of men, and the Indian of North America, bestows on the Europeans, as compared with himself, the epithet of the accursed race. In a state of...
Page 72 - ... each a bullock and a ram, and attempting to curse the army of the hero, in imitation of Balaam, and with the same success. Dryden himself is strongly tinctured with the taste of the times ; and those Dalilahs of the Town, to use his own expression, are plentifully scattered throughout his works, esteemed in the present age for those passages only in which he ventured to oppose his own taste to that of his readers, and which have already past the ordeal of unmerited censure.

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