An Account of the Life and Writings of James Beattie: Including Many of His Original Letters, Volume 3

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Archibald Constable and Company, 1807

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Page 257 - IX. 0 how canst thou renounce the boundless store Of charms which Nature to her votary yields! The warbling woodland, the resounding shore, The pomp of groves, and garniture of fields; All that the genial ray of morning gilds, And all that echoes to the song of even, All that the mountain's sheltering bosom shields, And all the dread magnificence of heaven, O how canst thou renounce, and hope to be forgiven ! X.
Page 284 - Yes, Sir, I know that Garrick has given away more money than any man in England that I am acquainted with, and that not from ostentatious views.
Page 228 - Tytler, William. An inquiry, historical and critical, into the evidence against Mary, queen of Scots, and an examination of the histories of Dr. Robertson and Mr. Hume, with respect to that evidence.
Page 142 - Many times he could not recollect what had become of him ; and after searching in every room of the house, he would say to his niece, Mrs Glennie, " You may think it strange, but I " must ask you if I have a son, and where he is...
Page 160 - Gray's letters are always sensible, and of classical conciseness and perspicuity. They very much resemble what his conversation was. He had none of the airs of either a scholar or a poet ; and though on those and all other subjects he spoke to me with the utmost freedom, and without any reserve, he was, in general company, much more silent than one could have wished.
Page 216 - Arcadian judges should their god condemn. Begin, auspicious boy ! to cast about Thy infant eyes, and, with a smile, thy mother single out. Thy mother well deserves that short delight, The nauseous qualms of ten long months and travail to requite. Then smile ! the frowning infant's doom is read, No god shall crown the board, nor goddess bless the bed.
Page 85 - KNOWING with what kindness and condescension your grace is interested in every thing that concerns me and my family, I take the liberty to inform you that my son James is dead ; that the last duties to him are now paid ; and that I am endeavouring to return, with the little ability that is left me, and with entire submission to the will of Providence, to the ordinary business of life. I have lost one who was always a pleasing companion ; but who. for the last five or six years, was one of the most...
Page 259 - These, he informs us, were at first composed in a different form, being part of a course of prelections read to those young gentlemen .whom it was his business to initiate in the elements of moral science; and he disclaims any nice metaphysical theories, or other matters of doubtful disputation, as not suiting his ideas of moral teaching. Nor was this the disgust of a metaphysician
Page 141 - He himself thought from the beginning that it would be fatal ; and, before the delirium came on, spoke with great composure and Christian piety of his approaching dissolution : he even gave some directions about his funeral. The delirium was very violent, and continued till within a few minutes of his death, when he was heard to repeat in a whisper the Lord's prayer, and began an unfinished sentence, of which nothing could be heard but the words incorruptible glory. Pious sentiments prevailed in...
Page 208 - IV.— 3. On Cuba's utmost steep Far leaning o'er the deep The Goddess' pensive form was seen. Her robe of Nature's varied green Waved on the gale ; grief...

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