An Account of the Life and Writings of James Beattie: Including Many of His Original Letters, Volume 3

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Archibald Constable and Company, 1807 - Authors, Scottish

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Page 260 - O how canst thou renounce the boundless store Of charms which Nature to her votary yields ! The warbling woodland, the resounding shore, The pomp of groves, and garniture of fields ; All that the genial ray of morning gilds, And all that echoes to the song of even, All that the mountain's sheltering bosom shields, And all the dread magnificence of Heaven, O how canst thou renounce, and hope to be forgiven...
Page 167 - His studies had been so various, that I am not able to name a man of equal knowledge. His acquaintance with books was great; and what he did not immediately know he could at least tell where to find.
Page 232 - Tytler, William. An inquiry, historical and critical, into the evidence against Mary, queen of Scots, and an examination of the histories of Dr. Robertson and Mr. Hume, with respect to that evidence.
Page 210 - Lybia's burning sand ? Or does some isle thy parting flight detain, Where roves the Indian through primeval shades, Haunts the pure pleasures of the sylvan reign, And led by reason's light the path of nature treads. IV.— 3. On Cuba's utmost steep Far leaning o'er the deep The Goddess
Page 58 - The pale descending year, yet pleasing still, A gentler mood inspires; for now the leaf Incessant rustles from the mournful grove ; Oft startling such as, studious, walk below, And slowly circles through the waving air.
Page 91 - More than my brother," for a quarter of a century, I dare not trust myself to speak of what he was to me ; of what I know I was to him. I never heard words spoken with...
Page 85 - KNOWING with what kindness and condescension your grace is interested in every thing that concerns me and my family, I take the liberty to inform you that my son James is dead ; that the last duties to him are now paid ; and that I am endeavouring to return, with the little ability that is left me, and with entire submission to the will of Providence, to the ordinary business of life. I have lost one who was always a pleasing companion ; but who. for the last five or six years, was one of the most...
Page 137 - and consider your hands and fingers, your legs and feet, and other limbs ; are they not regular in their appearance, and useful to you ? ' He said they were. ' Came you then hither,' said I, 'by chance ?' 'No,' he answered, 'that cannot be ; something must have made me.
Page 246 - ... not only in the life of Dr Beattie, but even in the literary history of his country, that I feel it as a duty to offer to those of my younger readers, who may not yet be acquainted with the work, a short abstract of its contents : and I should be proud to think, that...
Page 160 - They very much resemble what his conversation was. He had none of the airs of either a scholar or a poet ; and though on those and all other subjects he spoke to me with the utmost freedom, and without any reserve, he was, in general company, much more silent than one could have wished.

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