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

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Redfield, 1858 - 535 pages

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Page 87 - 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 122 - 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...
Page 276 - Scotland — a na-tion 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 ; winging her eagle flight against the blaze of every science, with an eye that never winks, and a wing that never tires ; crowned as she is with the spoils of every art.
Page 69 - It was a machine of wise and elaborate contrivance ; and as well fitted for the oppression, impoverishment, and degradation of a people, and the debasement, in them, of human nature itself, as ever proceeded from the perverted ingenuity of man.
Page 286 - And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.
Page 122 - 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.
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Page 122 - In that awful moment of a nation's travail, of the last gasp of tyranny, and the first breath of freedom, how pregnant is the example ? The press extinguished, the people enslaved, and the prince undone.
Page 65 - 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 34 - On the bare earth exposed he lies, With not a friend to close his eyes. With downcast looks the joyless Victor sate, Revolving in his alter'd soul The various turns of chance below ; And now and then a sigh he stole, And tears began to flow.

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