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Aberdeen able acquainted admire affected amusement answer appear Arbuthnot attention beauty believe bishop called cause character Christian consider conversation critical death desire Edinburgh England English equally Essay excellent expect express favourable friends give grace hand happy hear heard heart honour hope human intend interest kind knowledge lady language late learning least less letter live lord manner matter mean mind Montagu moral nature never object obliged observe occasion opinion particular perhaps person philosophy pleased pleasure poem poetry Porteus present principles printed published reason received regard respect Scotland seems seen sense sent sentiments SIR WILLIAM FORBES sometimes soon speak style tell thing thought tion told translation true truth understand virtue whole wish write written
Стр. 44 - Man that is born of a woman Is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down : He fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.
Стр. 48 - See the grisly texture grow, ("Tis of human entrails made,) And the weights, that play below, Each a gasping warrior's head. Shafts for shuttles, dipt in gore, Shoot the trembling cords along Sword, that once a Monarch bore, Keep the tissue close and strong.
Стр. 104 - Standing on Earth, not rapt above the pole, More safe I sing with mortal voice, unchanged To hoarse or mute, though fallen on evil days, On evil days though fallen, and evil tongues; In darkness, and with dangers compassed round.
Стр. 91 - It is truly an unique — the specimens formerly published did very well to laugh at ; but a whole quarto of nonsense and gibberish is too much. It is strange that a man not wholly illiterate should have lived so long in England without learning the language.
Стр. 103 - Montagu should smile, New strains ere long shall animate thy frame: And her applause to me is more than fame ; For still with truth accords her taste refined. At lucre or renown let others aim, I only wish to please the gentle mind, Whom Nature's charms inspire, and love of humankind. BOOK SECOND. 1 OF chance or change, 0, let not man complain, Else shall he never, never cease to wail ; For, from th' imperial dome to where the swain Rears the lone cottage in the silent dale, All feel th...
Стр. 22 - I have seldom heard our countrymen complain of, and which I was never sensible of till I had spent some years in labouring to acquire that art. It is, to give a vernacular cast to the English we write.
Стр. 173 - KNOWING with what kindness and condescension your Grace takes an interest in every thing that concerns me and my little family, I take the liberty to inform you, that my son James is dead ; that the last duties to him are now paid ; and that I am endeavouring to return, with the little ability that is left me, and with entire submission to the will of Providence, to the ordinary business of life. I have lost one who was always a pleasing companion ; but who, for the last five or six years, was one...
Стр. 174 - He has left many things in writing, serious and humorous, scientific and miscellaneous, prose and verse, Latin and English ; but it will be a long time before I shall be able to harden my heart so far as to revise them.
Стр. 35 - I am somewhat inclined to fatness, like Dr. Arbuthnot and Aristotle; and I drink brandy and water, like Mr. Boyd. I might compare myself, in relation to many other infirmities, to many other great men ; but if fortune is not...
Стр. 42 - The subject was suggested by a dissertation on the old minstrels, which is prefixed to a collection of ballads lately published by Dodsley, in three volumes. I proposed to give an account of the birth, education, and adventures of one of those bards ; in which I shall have full scope for description, sentiment, satire, and even a certain species of humour and...