Bishop Burnet's History of His Own Time: From the Restoration of King Charles II, to the Conclusion of the Treaty of Peace at Utrecht, in the Reign of Queen Anne ...

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Page 124 - he was a man every way fitted for a court ; of a graceful appearance, a lively wit, and a cheerful temper ; a man of great expense ; decent even in his vices, for he always kept up the form of religion. He had gone through many transactions in Ireland with more fidelity than success. He had made a treaty with the Irish, which was broken by the great body of them, though some few of them adhered still to him.
Page lxxvii - ... when in motion, not to run over ; and therefore the variety of matter that he ever carries about him, may throw out more than an unkind critic would allow of.
Page xxvi - Majesty will reflect upon your having now been twenty years upon the throne, and in all that time how little you have glorified God, how much you have provoked him, and that your ill example has drawn so many after you to sin, that men are not now ashamed of their vices, you cannot but think that God is offended with you; and if you...
Page 368 - He stood up to the wall and snatched the flambeau out of his servant's hand, and, with that in one hand and his sword in the other, he defended himself so well that he got more credit by it than by all the actions of his life. He wounded some of them, but was soon -disarmed ; and then they cut his nose to the bone, to teach him to remember what respect he owed to the king ; and so they left him, and went back to the Duke of Monmouth's, where Obrian's arm was dressed.
Page 244 - Baxter, who was a man of great piety; and, if he had not meddled in too many things, would have been esteemed one of the learned men of the age: he writ near two hundred books...
Page 133 - He was very learned, not only in Latin, in which he was a master, but in Greek and Hebrew. He had read a great deal of divinity, and almost all the historians ancient and modern : so that he had great materials.
Page 220 - And afterwards he came out of his concealment, and lived many years much visited by all strangers, and much admired by all at home, for the poems he wrote, though he was then blind, chiefly that of Paradise Lost, in which there is a nobleness both of contrivance and execution, that, though he affected to write in blank verse, without rhyme, and made many new and rough words...
Page 62 - Now, how strong soever this defence may be in law, it is of no force in an appeal to the world; for if a thing is true, it is no matter how full or how defective the proof is.
Page 253 - And with this overset of wealth and pomp that came on men in the decline of their parts and age, they, who were now growing into old age, became lazy and negligent in all the true concerns of the Church ; they left preaching and writing to others, while they gave themselves up to ease and sloth.
Page 371 - He would in a very little time have gone round the house, and spoke to every man that he thought worth speaking to. And he was apt to do that upon the solicitation of any of the ladies in favour, or of any that had credit with them.

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