Anecdotes of Distinguished Persons: Chiefly of the Present and Two Preceding Centuries ...

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T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies, 1798 - Anecdotes

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Page 105 - I HATE that drum's discordant sound, Parading round, and round, and round : To thoughtless youth it pleasure yields, And lures from cities and from fields, To sell their liberty for charms Of tawdry lace, and glittering arms ; And when ambition's voice commands, To march, and fight, and fall, in foreign lands.
Page 353 - This great General was a man of letters; he was intended for the Church, and was known at the Court of France by the name of the Abbe de Savrie.
Page 252 - I give away the more I must take from them." " This, sire, is true," replied Madame de Maintenon, "but it is' right to ease the wants of those whom your former taxes to supply the expenses of your wars and of your buildings have reduced to misery. It is truly just that those who have been ruined by you, should be supported by you.
Page 105 - Of tawdry lace, and glittering arms: And when Ambition's voice commands, To march, and fight, and fall, in foreign lands. I hate that drum's difcordant found, , Parading round, and round, and round: To...
Page 246 - All the use to be made of it is, that this life is a scene of vanity, which soon passes away, and affords no solid satisfaction, but in the consciousness of doing well, and in the hopes of another life. This is what I can say upon experience; and what you will find to be true, when you come to make up the account.
Page 437 - Dr. Johnson was observed by a musical friend of his to be extremely inattentive at a concert, whilst a celebrated solo player was running up the divisions and subdivisions of notes upon his violin. His friend, to induce him to take greater notice of what was going on, told him how extremely difficult it was. " Difficult do you call it, Sir ? " replied the Doctor ;
Page 284 - This made his friends say, that he was born an astronomer. At this age, he had a dispute •with the boys of the village, whether the moon or the clouds moved ; to convince them that the moon did not move, he took them behind a tree, and made them take notice that the moon kept its situation between the same leaves, whilst the clouds passed on.
Page 284 - His ardour for study became then extreme ; the day was not long enough for him ; and he often read a good part of the night by the light of the lamp that was burning in the church of his village, his family being too poor to allow him candles for his nocturnal studios. He often took only four hours
Page 421 - Flanders, observed a young raw officer, who was in the same vessel with him, and with his usual humanity told him that he would take care of him, and conduct him to Antwerp, where they were both going; which he accordingly did. and then took leave of him. The young fellow was soon told by some arch rogues, whom he happened to fall in with, that he must signalize himself by fighting some man of known courage, or else he would soon be despised in the regiment. The young man said, he knew no one but...
Page 329 - Lulli died at laft of a wound which he had given himfelf in his foot, by beating time with too much violence with his cane. Agitated by the extremeft remorfe for the free life which he had led, he ordered...

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