The Works of Soame Jenyns, Esq. ...: Including Several Pieces Never Before Published. To which are Prefixed, Short Sketches of the History of the Author's Family, and Also of His Life, Volume 1

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P. Wogan, 1791 - 411 pages
 

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Page 18 - Then art did all the bright machines difpofe, And theatres of Parian marble rofe, Then mimic thunder fhook the canvafs fky, And Gods defcended from their tow'rs on high. With caution now let every youth prepare To choofe a partner from the mingled fair ; Vain would be here th...
Page 249 - Nor luft, nor wine, impair the fprings of life. Him Fortune cannot fink, nor much elate, Whofe views extend beyond this mortal ftate ; By age when fummon'd to refign his breath, Calm, and ferene, he fees approaching death, As the fafe port, the peaceful filent...
Page 265 - Ihort, they are fit only to be inhabitants of Lubberland, where, as the child's geography informs us, men lie upon their backs with their mouths open, and it rains fat pigs, ready roafted. From this principle, when the pride they have infufed into their fervants has produced a proportionable degree of lazinefs, their own lazinefs is too prevalent to fuffer them to...
Page 323 - I have lately seen so many specimens of the great powers of speech of. which these American gentlemen are possessed, that I should be afraid the sudden importation of so much eloquence at once would endanger the safety of England. It will be much cheaper for us to pay their army than their orators.
Page 48 - Oh ! would mankind but make these truths their guide, And force the helm from prejudice and pride; Were once these maxims fix'd, that God's our friend, Virtue our good, and happiness our end, How soon must reason o'er the world prevail, And error, fraud, and superstition fail! None wou'd hereafter then with groundless fear Describe th...
Page 256 - I was inftantly attacked by all prefent with one voice, or rather with many voices at the fame time, to accompany them thither ; to which I made no oppofition, thinking it would be attended with more trouble than the expedition itfelf.
Page 14 - ITALIA'S charms ; BRITANNIA juftly glories to have found Lands unexplor'd, and fail'd the globe around : But none will fure prefume to rival FRANCE, Whether fhe forms, or executes the dance ; To her exalted genius 'tis we owe The fprightly Rigadoon and Louvre flow, The Boree, and Courant unpraftis'd long, Th...
Page 45 - The daily bounties of their Maker's care; The great Creator from his heav'nly throne, Pleas'd, on the wide-expanded joy looks down, And his eternal law is only this, That all contribute to the general blifs. Nature...
Page 253 - ... kinds of arms, and fo unwilling to return to it, that I will venture to promife, it will be very long before they can be overtaken or attacked ; but that here, and here only, they may enjoy their favourite fingularity, unmolefted for half a century to come.
Page 54 - Next morn difowns the lofies of the night, Becaufe the fool would fain be thought a bite. Devoted thus to politics, and cards, Nor mirth, nor wine, nor women he regards ; So far is...

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