Memoirs of Algernon Sydney

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Page 252 - Then, O God, O God, I beseech thee to sanctifiy these sufferings unto me, and impute not my blood to the country, nor the city through which I am to be drawn; let no inquisition be made for it; but if any, and the shedding of blood that is innocent must be revenged, let the weight of it fall upon those that maliciously persecute me for righteousness-
Page 75 - I confess, we are naturally inclined -to delight in our own country, and I have a particular love to mine. I hope I have given some testimony of it. I think that being exiled from it is a great evil, and would redeem myself from it with the loss of a great deal of my blood. But when that country of mine, which used to be esteemed a paradise, is now like to be made a stage of injury; the liberty, which we hoped to...
Page 360 - George the Third, by the grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, etc., and in the year of our Lord,
Page 361 - ... in witness whereof the said parties to these presents have hereunto interchangeably set their hands and seals, the day and year first above written.
Page 76 - God by our hands would have introduced ; the best of our nation made a prey to the worst ; the Parliament, Court, and Army corrupted, the people enslaved ; all things vendible, no man safe, but by such evil and infamous means as flattery and bribery ; what joy can I have in my own country in this condition? Is it a pleasure to see that all I love in the world is sold and destroyed ? Shall I renounce all my old principles, learn the vile...
Page 259 - Grant that I may die, glorifying thee for all thy mercies; and that at the last thou hast permitted me to be singled out as a witness of thy truth, and even by the confession of my opposers for that Old Cause in which I was from my youth engaged, and for which thou hast often and wonderfully declared thyself...
Page 44 - But such was the power of wisdom and integrity in those that sat at the helm, and their diligence in...
Page 319 - I do not insist upon this, nor upon the late hours he kept up and down our city : it's said he was every night drinking till two o'clock, or beyond that time, and that he went to his chamber drunk : but this I have only by common fame, for I was not in his company : I bless God I am not a man of his prmciples or behaviour ; but in the mornings he appeared with the symptoms of a man that over night had taken a large cup.
Page 318 - Jack.pudding than with that gravity which beseems a Judge : he was mighty witty upon the prisoners at the bar ; he was very full of his jokes upon people that came to give evidence, not suffering them to declare what they had to say in their own way and method...
Page 264 - Surely every medicine is an innovation, and he that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator; and if time of course alter things to the worse, and wisdom and counsel shall not alter them to the better, what shall be the end?

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