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Page 55 - It is good also not to try experiments in states, except the necessity be urgent, or the utility evident ; and well to beware that it be the reformation that draweth on the change, and not the desire of change that pretendeth the reformation.
Page 63 - O yet a nobler task awaits thy hand, (For what can war, but endless war still breed ?) Till truth and right from violence be freed, And public faith clear'd from the shameful brand Of public fraud. In vain doth valour bleed, While avarice and rapine share the land.
Page 81 - ... question with perspicuity, states it with precision, and pursues it with easy unaffected method. Sometimes, perhaps, he may amuse his readers with excursions into paradox, but he never bewilders them by flights into romance. His philosophy is far more just and far more amiable than the philosophy of Paine, and his eloquence is only not equal to the eloquence of Burke. He is argumentative without sophistry, fervid without fury, profound without obscurity, and sublime without extravagance.
Page 90 - Tow'red cities pleafe us then, And the bufy hum of men, Where throngs of knights and barons bold In weeds of peace high triumphs hold, With ftore of ladies, whofe bright eyes Rain influence, and judge the prize Of wit, or arms, while both contend To win her grace, whom all commend.
Page 104 - I have long been collecting with indefatigable industry, upon which I have expended more than half the produce of more than twenty years...
Page 184 - I who think that even the excefs of reafon is not alwayt defirable, and that mankind generally find their account better in mediums than in extremes ? Harrington, in his Oceana, has alfo inquired into the higheft point of liberty to which the conftitution of a ftate may be carried. But of him indeed it may be faid, that, for want of knowing the nature of real liberty, he bufied himfelf in purfuit of an imaginary one, and that he built a Chalcedon, though he had a Byzantium before his eyes.
Page 173 - Nor is it intended that there mould be a.ny thing violent or painful in, the former, any more than in the latter. Such is the benign wifdom of HIM, with whom a thoufand years are as one day, and one day as a thoufand Dr.
Page 63 - Upon the first perusal of Mr. Burke's book, I felt. like many other men, its magic force; and, like many other men, I was at last delivered from the illusions which had " cheated my reason," and borne me on from admiration to assent.
Page 72 - Reigns solely in the breast of every man : They sell the pasture now, to buy the horse ; Following the mirror of all Christian kings With winged heels, as English Mercuries. For now sits Expectation in the air; And hides a sword, from hilt unto the point, With crowns imperial, crowns, and coronets, Promis'd to Harry, and his followers.
Page 69 - It (hews only, that the doctrine does not include what it was never meant to include, without proving that what it does include deferves the imputation of being falfe. All truth confifts in the relation of our ideas to each other, or in the conformity of thofe ideas to external objects; and...