The British essayists; with prefaces by A. Chalmers, Tom 31

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Strona 154 - To conclude from all, what is man himself but a micro-coat, * or rather a complete suit of clothes with all its trimmings ? as to his body, there can be no dispute : but examine even the acquirements of his mind, you will find them all contribute in their order towards furnishing out an exact dress : to instance no more ; is not religion a cloak ; honesty a pair of shoes worn out in the dirt ; selflove a surtout ; vanity a shirt ; and conscience a pair of breeches ; which, though a cover for lewdness...
Strona 206 - Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets; She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying.
Strona 184 - In the hole of the desk were store of tobacco-pipes that had been used. On one side of this end of the room was the door of a closet, wherein stood the strong beer and the wine, which never came thence but in single glasses, that being the rule of the house exactly observed, for he never exceeded in drink or permitted it.
Strona 182 - ... worth when new five pounds. His house was perfectly of the old fashion, in the midst of a large park well stocked with deer...
Strona 184 - On the tables were hawks' hoods, bells, and such like ; two or three old green hats, with their crowns thrust in so as to hold ten or a dozen eggs, which were of a pheasant kind AD 1666.
Strona 183 - ... not intimately acquainted with her. This made him very popular, always speaking kindly to the husband, brother or father, who was to boot very welcome to his house whenever he came. There he found beef pudding and small beer in great plenty, a house not so neatly kept as to shame him or his dirty shoes, the great hall strewed with marrow bones, full of hawks...
Strona 109 - Through a long waste of flimzy lines; Fondly believes his fancy glows, And image upon image grows; Thinks his strong muse takes wond'rous flights, Whene'er she sings of peerless wights, Of dens, of palfreys, spells and knights: Till allegory, Spenser's veil T* instruct and please in moral tale, With him's no veil the truth to shroud, But one impenetrable cloud.
Strona 184 - The corners of the room full of the best chose hunting and hawking poles; an oyster table at the lower end, which was of constant use twice a day all the year round, for he never failed to eat oysters before dinner and supper through all seasons : the neighbouring town of Poole supplied him with them.
Strona 55 - We also wrote our lovers' names upon bits of paper, and rolled them up in clay, and put them into water ; and the first that rose up was to be our Valentine. Would you think it ? Mr. Blossom was my man. I lay a-bed and shut my eyes all the morning till he came to our house ; for I would not have seen another man before him for all the world.
Strona 161 - ... sword and bag-wig. In the same manner the orthodox vicar once a week wraps himself up in piety and virtue with his canonicals; which qualities are as easily cast off again as his surplice; and for the rest of the week he wears the dress as well as the manners of his fox-hunting patron.

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