Memoirs and Confessions of Captain Ashe, Author of "The Spirit of the Book," &c. &c. &c, Volume 1

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Page 56 - These are thy glorious works, Parent of good, Almighty, thine this universal frame, Thus wondrous fair; thyself how wondrous then ! Unspeakable, who sitt'st above these heavens, To us invisible, or dimly seen In these thy lowest works; yet these declare Thy goodness beyond thought, and power divine.
Page 279 - The old, the young, the vigorous, the infirm, underwent a like fate, and were confounded in one common ruin. In vain did flight save from the first assault : destruction was every where let loose, and met the hunted victims at every turn. In vain was recourse had to relations, to companions, to friends : all connexions were dissolved, and death was dealt by that hand from which protection was implored and expected.
Page 20 - ... without malignity or baseness. It is the singular temper of this people, that they are prone equally to satirize and to praise, and patient alike of sarcasm and flattery. Inclining to exaggerate, but not intending to deceive, you will applaud them rather for sincerity than truth. Accuracy is not the merit, nor duplicity the failing, of a lively but uncultivated people. Their passions lie on the surface, unsheltered from irritation or notice : and cautious England is...
Page 20 - ... own they carelessly, pursue, but the honour of both they eagerly vindicate ; oppression they have long borne, insolence never. With genius they are profusely gifted, with judgment sparingly; to acquire knowledge they find more easy than to arrange and employ it : inferior in vanity only to the French, and in wit superior...
Page 279 - No age, no sex, no condition, was spared. The wife weeping for her butchered husband, and embracing her helpless children, was pierced with them, and perished by the same stroke.
Page 19 - Varieties have been sought in the national disposition, referable to the double origin of the people: in vain: however differing in rank, party or ancestry, they bear the indelible mark of a common nativity. Restless yet indolent, shrewd and indiscreet, impetuous, impatient, and improvident, instinctively brave, thoughtlessly generous; quick to resent and forgive offences, to form...
Page 5 - Not so the mighty magician of The Mysteries of Udolpho, bred and- nourished by the Florentine muses in their sacred solitary caverns, amid the paler shrines of gothic superstition, and in all the dreariness of enchantment ; a poetess whom Ariosto would with rapture have acknowledged, as -" La nudrita Damigella Trivulzia al sacro speco.
Page 55 - Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.
Page 258 - THE human genius, with the best assistance, and the finest examples, breaks forth but slowly ; and the greatest men have but gradually acquired a just taste, and chaste simple conceptions of beauty. At an immature age, the sense of beauty is weak and confused, and requires an excess of colouring to catch its attention.
Page 280 - But death was the slightest punishment inflicted by those rebels. All the tortures which wanton cruelty could devise, all the lingering pains of body, the anguish of mind, the agonies of despair, could not satiate revenge excited without injury, and cruelty derived from no cause.

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