The Lucubrations of Isaac Bickerstaff, Esq, Volume 2

G. Risk, 1728

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Page 225 - I will bear no frowns, even from ladies ; and if any woman pretends to look scornfully at me, I shall demand satisfaction of the next of kin of the masculine gender.
Page 84 - ... of Longinus, an action which would have been approved by Demosthenes. He has a peculiar force in his way, and has many of his audience, who could not be intelligent hearers of his discourse, were there not explanation as well as grace in his action. This art of his is used with the most exact and honest skill. He never attempts your passions until he has convinced your reason.
Page 234 - ... and that these diversions might turn to some profit, I found the boy had made remarks, which might be of service to him during the course of his whole life. He would tell you the mismanagements of John Hickerthrift, find fault with the passionate temper in Bevis of Southampton, and loved St.
Page 275 - Our curiosity was immediately raised, so that we went to the place where the sexton had been at work, and found a great concourse of people about the grave. Among the rest, there was an old woman, who told us, the person buried there was a lady whose name...
Page 242 - We know by the life of this memorable hero, to which of these two ladies he gave up his heart ; and I believe, every one who reads this will do him the justice to approve his choice.
Page 292 - The finest authors of antiquity have taken him on the more advantageous side. They cultivate the natural grandeur of the soul, raise in her a generous ambition, feed her with hopes of immortality and perfection, and do all they can to widen the partition between the virtuous and the vicious, by making the difference betwixt them as great as between gods and brutes.
Page 225 - ... afterwards hanged for it. But no more of this at present. As things stand, I shall put up no more affronts ; and I shall be so far from taking ill words, that I will not take ill looks.
Page 10 - ... insomuch that it was said by an old sage, ' Sure, Nestor will now be famous, for the habitations of gods, as well as men, are built by his contrivance.' But this bashful quality still put a damp upon his great knowledge, which has as fatal an effect upon men's reputations as poverty; for as it was...
Page 270 - whether he wore it at his breast to have it in readiness when that period should arrive?" My young lawyer immediately told me, he had a property in it, and a right to hang it where he...
Page 84 - But of all the people on the earth, there are none who puzzle me so much as the clergy of Great Britain, who are, I believe, the most learned body...

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