Curiosities of literature, Band 2

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Seite 288 - Even such a man, so faint, so spiritless, So dull, so dead in look, so woe-begone, Drew Priam's curtain in the dead of night...
Seite 225 - at the Mount of St Mary's, in the stony stage where I now stand, I have brought you some fine biscuits, baked in the oven of charity, carefully conserved for the chickens of the church, the sparrows of the spirit, and the sweet swallows of salvation.
Seite 41 - I only wear it in a land of Hectors, Thieves, supercargoes, sharpers, and directors. Save but our army ! and let...
Seite 98 - Mrs. Thomas, the Corinna of Cromwell, the literary friend of Pope, by her account, " was very nice in the mode of that age, his valet being some hours every morning in starching his beard and curling his whiskers; during which time he was always read to.
Seite 149 - Modeste en ma couleur, modeste en mon séjour, Franche d'ambition, je me cache sous l'herbe ; Mais si, sur votre front, je puis me voir un jour, La plus humble des fleurs sera la plus superbe.
Seite 217 - The conquest of Egypt by the Arabs diffused that vain science over the globe. Congenial to the avarice of the human heart, it was studied in China, as in Europe, with equal eagerness and equal success.
Seite 95 - ... for the making his gown after that sort. ' I have done nothing,' quoth the taylor, ' but that you bid me ; for as Sir Philip...
Seite 199 - THE Iliad of Homer in a nutshell, which Pliny says that Cicero once saw, it is pretended might have been a fact, however to some it may appear impossible. jElian notices an artist who wrote a distich in letters of gold, which he enclosed in the rind of a grain of corn.
Seite 279 - When the Utopia of Sir Thomas More was first published, it occasioned a pleasant mistake. This political romance represents a perfect, but visionary republic, in an island supposed to have been newly-discovered in America.
Seite 197 - Shiraz, where he distinctly saw the nightingales trying to vie with the musician ; sometimes warbling on the trees, sometimes fluttering from branch to branch, as if they wished to approach the instrument whence the melody proceeded, and at length dropping on the ground, in a kind of ecstacy, from which they were soon raised, he assured me, by a change of the mode.

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