The Autobiography of Leigh Hunt

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Smith, Elder, 1860 - Authors, English - 452 pages
 

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Page 226 - Adonis in Loveliness, was a corpulent gentleman of fifty ! In short, that this delightful, blissful, wise, pleasurable, honourable, virtuous, true, and immortal PRINCE, was a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without one single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...
Page 320 - None of the mourners, however, refused themselves the little comfort of supposing, that lovers of books and antiquity, like Shelley and his companion, Shelley in particular with his Greek enthusiasm, would not have been sorry to foresee this part of their fate. The mortal part of him, too, was saved from corruption ; not the least extraordinary part of his history. Among the materials for burning, as many of the gracefuller and more classical articles as could be procured — frankincense, wine,...
Page 176 - That not in fancy's maze he wander'd long, But stoop'd to Truth, and moraliz'd his song...
Page 402 - I know each lane, and every alley green, Dingle, or bushy dell, of this wild wood, And every bosky bourn from side to side, My daily walks and ancient neighbourhood...
Page 324 - Yclothed was she, fresh for to devise : Her yellow hair was braided in a tress, Behind her back, a yarde* long I guess : And in the garden...
Page 380 - Her eyes the glow-worm lend thee, The shooting stars attend thee, And the elves also, Whose little eyes glow Like the sparks of fire, befriend thee. No...
Page 28 - It was now the middle of May, and the morning was remarkably serene, when Mr. Allworthy walked forth on the terrace, where the dawn opened every minute that lovely prospect we have before described to his eye ; and now having sent forth streams of light, which ascended the blue firmament before him, as harbingers preceding his pomp...
Page 264 - For Heaven's sake let us sit upon the ground, And tell sad stories of the death of kings...
Page 138 - Town is a fair, black, middle sized, very short man. He wears his own hair, and a periwig. He is about thirty years of age, and not more than four and twenty. He is a student of the law, and a bachelor of physic. He was bred at the university of Oxford ; where having taken no less than three degrees, he looks down on many learned professors, as his inferiors : yet, having been there but little longer than to take the first degree of bachelor of arts, it has more than once happened, that the...
Page 38 - Jones, who swore, as an angel of light compared with Blifil, who, I am afraid, swore no more than myself. Steele, I suspect, occasionally rapped out an oath ; which is not to be supposed of Addison. And this, again, might tempt me into a grudge against my nonjuring turn of colloquy ; for I must own that I prefer open-hearted Steele with all his faults, to Addison with all his essays.

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