A Tale of the Times, Volume 2

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T. N. Longman and O. Rees, 1799
 

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Page 1 - O 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...
Page 41 - When thy last look, ere thought and feeling fled, A mingled gleam of hope and triumph shed ; What to thy soul its glad assurance gave, Its hope in death, its triumph o'er the grave ? The sweet Remembrance of unblemished youth, The still inspiring voice of Innocence and Truth...
Page 173 - ... instructors of these times: should they hear, that law was branded as a vain and even unjust attempt to bring individual actions under the restrictions of general rule; that chastity was defined to mean only individuality of affection ; that religion was degraded into a sentimental effusion; and that these doctrines do not proceed from the pen of avowed profligates, but from persons apparently actuated by the desire of improving the happiness of the world: should, I say, generations yet unborn...
Page 119 - Others apart fat on a hill retir'd, In thoughts more elevate, and reafon'd high, Of providence, foreknowledge, will, and fate ; Fix'd fate, free will, foreknowledge abfolut* ; 560 And found no end, in wandring mazes loft.
Page 195 - Pleasure's lying tales allur'd, From the bright sun and living breeze ye stray ; And, deep in London's gloomy haunts immur'd, Brood o'er your fortune's, freedom's, health's decay. O blind of choice and to yourselves untrue ! The young grove shoots, their bloom the fields renew, The mansion asks its lord, the swains...
Page 141 - your grace' salutes their ear. Tis these that early taint the female soul. Instruct the eyes of young coquettes to roll. Teach infant cheeks a bidden blush to know.
Page 130 - Heav'n ; he feemd For dignity compos'd and high exploit : But all was falfe and hollow ; though his Tongue Dropt Manna, and could make the worfe appear The...
Page 173 - Should it therefore be told to future ages, that the capricious dissolubility (if not the absolute nullity) of the nuptial tie and the annihilation of parental authority are among the blasphemies uttered by the moral instructors of these times...
Page 173 - ... and a religion that prohibits nothing but devotion. Combining Pagan fuperftitions with the exploded reveries of irrational theorifts, they place at the head of their world of chance a fupine material God, whom they recognize by the name of Nature, and pretend that its worfhip fuperfedes all other laws human and divine. By the fide of this circumfcribed Deity they erect the idol fhrine of its vicegerent, Intereft; by the monftrous doctrines, that " whatever is profitable is right...
Page 173 - A mafter felf, that loves to domineer, And treat the monarch frankly as the flave. How doft thou light a torch to diftant deeds ? Make the paft, prefent ; and the future, frown ? How, ever and anon, awake the foul, As with a peal of thunder, to ftrange horrors, In this long reftlefs dream, which idiots hug, Nay, wife men flatter with the name of life ? ANTIGONUS.

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