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Southey is perhaps best known as the friend of Wordsworth and Coleridge in their early "Lake Poet" days who wrote some often denigrated but in my experience readable verse fantasies (the Curse of ... Read full review
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Page 280 - Take care of my dear Lady Hamilton, Hardy; take care of poor Lady Hamilton. Kiss me, Hardy ! ' ' said he. Hardy knelt down and kissed his cheek, and Nelson said : "Now I am satisfied. Thank God, I have done my duty I" Hardy stood over him in silence for a moment or two, then knelt again, and kissed his forehead.
Page 271 - Villeneuve was a skilful seaman ; worthy of serving a better master and a better cause. His plan of defence was as well conceived, and as original, as the plan of attack. He formed the fleet in a double line, every alternate ship being about a cable's length to windward of her second ahead and astern. Nelson, certain of a triumphant issue to the day, asked Blackwood what he should consider as a victory.
Page 198 - A shot through the mainmast knocked the splinters about ; and he observed to one of his officers with a smile, " It is warm work ; and this day may be the last to any of us at a moment : ' and then stopping short at the gangway, added, with emotion — ' But mark you ! I would not be elsewhere for thousands.
Page 112 - The moment he perceived the position of the French, that intuitive genius with which Nelson was endowed displayed itself; and it instantly struck him, that where there was room for an enemy's ship to swing, there was room for one of ours to anchor. The plan which he intended to pursue...
Page 279 - Hardy, some fifty minutes after he had left the cockpit, returned : and, again taking the hand of his dying friend and commander, congratulated him on having gained a complete victory. How many of the enemy were taken he did not know, as it was impossible to perceive them distinctly : but fourteen or fifteen at least. "That's well," cried Nelson; "but
Page 279 - ... had left the cockpit, returned, and again taking the hand of his dying friend and commander, congratulated him on having gained a complete victory. How many of the enemy were taken he did not know, as it was impossible to perceive them distinctly, but fourteen or fifteen at least. " That's well," cried Nelson,
Page 20 - I make it a rule to introduce them to all the good company I can, as they have few to look up to besides myself during the time they are at sea.
Page 235 - ... country. He left him her portrait in enamel, calling him his dearest friend ; the most virtuous, loyal, and truly brave character he had ever known. The codicil containing this bequest concluded with these words : " God bless him, and shame fall on those who do not say amen.
Page 125 - ... a tri-coloured flag and staff in the lion's mouth. He was created Baron Nelson of the Nile, and of Burnham Thorpe, with a pension of ^2000 for his own life, and those of his two immediate successors.