Poems on Various Subjects: But Chiefly Moral and Descriptive, with Songs, and Copious Notes

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Printed at the Dumfries & Galloway courier office, 1822 - 283 pages

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Page 8 - In poets as true genius is but rare, True taste as seldom is the critic's share ; Both must alike from Heaven derive their light, These born to judge, as well as those to write.
Page 280 - ... would vitrify or dissipate any substance known to us. Sir Isaac Newton computed the heat of the comet that appeared in the year 1680, when nearest the sun, to be 2,000 times hotter than red-hot iron, and that, being thus heated, it must retain its heat till it...
Page 282 - Others of less note followed the infamous example. On their combined evidence several of the conspirators were seized, condemned, and executed. Among these, the most distinguished were Russell and Sidney. Both died with the intrepidity of men who had resolved to hazard their lives in the field, in order to break the fetters of slavery, and rescue themselves and their fellow-subjects from an ignominious despotism.

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