The soldier of fortune; an historical and political romance

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Sherwood, Neely & Jones, 1816
 

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Page 49 - When the ear heard me, then it blessed me : and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me : because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him. The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me ; and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
Page 111 - As war is the last of remedies, "cuncta prius tentanda," all lawful expedients must be used to avoid it. As war is the extremity of evil, it is, surely, the duty of those, whose station intrusts them with the care of nations, to avert it from their charge.
Page 78 - ... island has lately presented to our view. It is in the annals of her late sanguinary story, that you will see what are the fruits of ignorance and barbarity — with what facility the demagogue and the hypocrite may act upon the minds of an untutored people, — and to what lengths of savage cruelty they can go, when they burst the only fetters that restrain them.
Page 3 - Not so the mighty magician of The Mysteries of Udolpho, bred and- nourished by the Florentine muses in their sacred solitary caverns, amid the paler shrines of gothic superstition, and in all the dreariness of enchantment ; a poetess whom Ariosto would with rapture have acknowledged, as -" La nudrita Damigella Trivulzia al sacro speco.
Page 44 - ... distinctions, much less does he feel within himself a disposition to covet or envy any of them. He is too much taken up with the occupations of his calling, its pursuits, cares, and business, to bestow unprofitable meditations upon the circumstances in which he sees others placed. And by this means a man of a sound and active mind has, in his very constitution, a remedy against the disturbance of envy and discontent. These passions gain no admittance into his breast, because there is no leisure...
Page 42 - HUMAN life has been said to resemble the situation of spectators in a theatre, where, whilst each person is engaged by the scene which passes before him, no one thinks about the place in which he is seated. It is only when the business is interrupted, or when the spectator's attention to it grows idle and remiss, that he begins to consider at all, who is before him or who is behind him, whether others are better accommodated than himself, or whether many be not much worse.
Page 148 - It is wonderful with what coolness and indifference the greater part of mankind see war commenced. Those that hear of it at a distance or read of it in books, but have never presented its evils to their minds, consider it as little more than a splendid game, a proclamation, an army, a battle, and a triumph. Some indeed must perish in the most successful field, but they die upon the bed of honour, resign their lives amidst the joys of conquest, and filled with England's glory, smile in death.
Page 44 - These passions gain no admittance into his breast, because there is no leisure there or vacancy for the trains of thought which generate them. He enjoys, therefore, ease in this respect, and ease resulting from the best cause, the power of keeping his imagination at home ; of confining it to what belongs to himself, instead of sending it forth to wander amongst speculations which have neither limits nor use, amidst views of unattainable grandeur, fancied happiness, of extolled, because unexperienced,...
Page 155 - I love a foe like Cathmor: his aoul is great ; his arm is strong ; his battles are full of fame. But the little soul is like a vapour, that hovers round the marshy lake. It never rises on the green hill, lest the winds meet it there.
Page 47 - ... that of the proprietor of land. Other men must struggle with the world, before they can raise themselves into distinction and influence. He, on the contrary, is born a ruler of the people ; and the same laws, which convey to him the title to his lands, convey to him the welfare or the wretchedness of the men who inhabit them.

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