The Life of the Right Honorable John Philpot Curran: Late Master of the Rolls in Ireland

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Redfield, 1855 - Electronic books - 535 pages

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Page 114 - Consider the lilies of the field; they toil not, neither do they spin: yet Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Page 172 - British earth, that the ground on which he treads is holy, and consecrated by the genius of universal emancipation. No matter in what language his doom may have been pronounced; no matter what complexion incompatible with freedom, an Indian or an African sun may have burnt upon...
Page 174 - I will not relinquish the confidence that this day will be the period of his sufferings ; and however mercilessly he has been hitherto pursued, that your verdict will send him home to the arms of his family, and the wishes of his country. But if, which heaven forbid, it hath still been unfortunately determined, that because he has not bent to power and authority, because he would not bow down before the golden calf and worship it, he is to be bound and cast into the furnace; I do trust in God, that...
Page 186 - O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.
Page 82 - Monks of the Screw;" Good rules he revealed to our Abbot To guide us in what we should do; But first he replenished our fountain With liquor the best in the sky; And he said, on the word of a saint, That the fountain should never run dry.
Page 390 - Britain, a printer has been gravely found guilty of a libel, for publishing those resolutions, to which the present minister of that kingdom had actually subscribed his name ? To what other cause can you ascribe, what in my mind is still more astonishing, in such a country as Scotland, a nation cast in the happy medium between the spiritless acquiescence of submissive poverty, and the sturdy credulity of pampered wealth ; cool and ardent, adventurous and persevering ; winning her eagle flight against...
Page 163 - I am aware, my lords, that truth is to be sought only by slow and painful progress; I know also that error is in its nature flippant and compendious ; it hops with airy and fastidious levity over proofs and arguments, and perches upon assertion, which it calls conclusion.
Page 173 - And what calamities are the people saved from, by having public communication left open to them? I will tell you, gentlemen, what they are saved from, and what the government is saved from. I will tell you, also, to what both are exposed, by shutting up that communication. In one case, sedition speaks aloud, and walks abroad. The demagogue goes forth ; the public eye is upon him ; he frets his busy hour upon the stage.
Page 83 - I draw from the dearest and tenderest recollections of my life, from the remembrance of those attic nights and those refections of the gods which we have spent with those admired and respected and beloved companions who have gone before us; — over whose ashes the most precious tears of Ireland have been shed...
Page 433 - And strait conjunction with this sex: for either He never shall find out fit mate, but such As some misfortune brings him, or mistake; Or whom he wishes most shall seldom gain Through her perverseness, but shall see her...

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