The Works of James Thomson: With His Last Corrections and Improvements : to which is Prefixed, an Account of the Life and Writings of the Author, Volume 4

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Alexander Donaldson, 1774
 

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Page 235 - Since, Coriolanus, thou dost still retain, In spite of all thy mother now has pleaded, Thy dreadful purpose ; ah, how much in vain Were it for me to join my supplications ! The voice of thy...
Page 219 - Philosophy consists not In airy schemes, or idle speculations: The rule and conduct of all social life Is her great province. Not in lonely cells Obscure she lurks, but holds her heavenly light To senates and to kings to guide their councils, And teach them to reform and bless mankind.
Page 135 - tis a glorious bribe, too much for man '." What is it then ! I care not what it be. " My honour now, my dignity demands, " That my propos'd alliance, by her father, " And even herself accepted, be not scorn'd.
Page 131 - The tongue of love e'er lavished ; from your hopes So vainly, idly, cruelly deluded; Before the public thus, before your father, By an irrevocable...
Page 113 - But more secures the purpose it would shake. Had my resolves been wavering and doubtful, * This would confirm them, make them fix'd as fate ; This adds the only motive that was wanting To urge them on thro...
Page 240 - Thou speak'st the truth : it had not. O, for that time again ! propitious gods, If you will bless me, grant it ! Know, for that, For that dear purpose, I have now propos'd Thou shouldst return : I pray thee, Marcius, do it ; And we shall meet again on nobler terms.
Page 164 - With such unpitying, unrelenting rigour ! Poor is the love, that rather than give up A little pride, a little formal pride, The breath of vanity, can bear to...
Page 170 - Taught hence, ye parents, who from nature stray, And the great ties of social life betray ; Ne'er with your children act a tyrant's part : Tis yours to guide, not violate the heart : Ye vainly wise, who o'er mankind preside, Behold my righteous woes, and drop your pride ! Keep Virtue's simple path before your eyes, Nor think from evil good can ever rise.
Page 127 - Exert thy utmost force, nor languish thus . Beneath the vain extravagance of love. Let not thy father blush to hear it said, His daughter was so weak, e'er to admit A thought so void of reason...
Page 239 - Auf. 1 mean not to assail thee with the clamour Of loud reproaches, and the war of words ; But, pride apart, and all that can pervert The light of steady reason, here to make A candid, fair proposal.

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