Life of Swift. Appendix: Anecdotes of the family of Swift, a fragment written by Dr. Swift

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Cadell and Company, 1827 - Chivalry
 

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Page 293 - And the people said unto Saul, Shall Jonathan die, who hath wrought this great salvation in Israel ? God forbid: as the LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the ground; for he hath wrought with God this day. So the people rescued Jonathan, that he died not.
Page 250 - But what success Vanessa met, Is to the world a secret yet. Whether the nymph, to please her swain, Talks in a high romantic strain ; Or whether he at last descends To act with less seraphic ends ; Or to compound the business, whether They temper love and books together ; Must never to mankind be told, Nor shall the conscious Muse unfold.
Page 132 - ... one thing I warned him of, Never to appear cold to me, for I would not be treated like a school-boy; that I had felt too much of that in my life already...
Page 135 - if the courtiers give me a watch that won't go right?' Then he instructed a young nobleman that the best poet in England was Mr. Pope (a Papist), who had begun a translation...
Page 262 - I'll tell you one that first comes into my head. One evening, Gay and I went to see him: you know how intimately we were all acquainted. On our coming in, 'Heyday, gentlemen...
Page 445 - He reads much; He is a great observer and he looks Quite through the deeds of men: he loves no plays, As thou dost, Antony; he hears no music; Seldom he smiles, and smiles in such a sort As if he mock'd himself and scorn'd his spirit That could be moved to smile at any thing.
Page 155 - I am bound to, in honour and conscience, to use all my little credit towards helping forward men of worth in the world...
Page 50 - When I was a schoolboy at Kilkenny, and in the lower form, I longed very much to have a horse of my own to ride on. One day I saw a poor man leading a very mangy lean horse out of the town to kill him for the skin. I asked the man if he would sell him, which he readily consented to, upon my offering him somewhat more than the price of the hide, which was all the money I had in the world. I immediately got on him, to the great envy of some of my schoolfellows, and to the ridicule of others, and rode...
Page 251 - Observe them but for fashion's sake ; The strongest reason will submit To virtue, honour, sense, and wit : To such a nymph, the wise and good Cannot be faithless, if they would ; For vices all have different ends, But virtue still to virtue tends : And when your lover is not true, 'Tis virtue fails in him, or you. And either he deserves disdain, Or you without a cause complain. But here Vanessa cannot err, Nor are these rules applied to her, For who could such a nymph forsake.
Page 114 - I am convinced, that whatever Government come over, you will find all marks of kindness from any Parliament here, with respect to your employment ; the Tories contending with the Whigs which should speak best of you.

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