The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift, Volume 12

J. Johnson, 1801

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Page 39 - I know your good-nature such, that you cannot see any human creature miserable, without being sensibly touched, yet what can I do ? I must either unload my heart, and tell you all its griefs, or sink under the inexpressible distress I now suffer by your prodigious neglect of me. 'Tis now ten long weeks since I...
Page 359 - Amesbury so late in the year, at which season I take the country to be only a scene for those who have been ill used by a court on account of their virtues ; which is a state of happiness the more valuable, because it is not accompanied by envy, although nothing deserves it more. I would gladly sell a dukedom to lose favour in the manner* their Graces have done. * After the amazing success of the Beggars...
Page 33 - Now the king has adopted ir, and calls it his beloved child ; though, perhaps, you may say, if he loves it no better than his son, it may not be saying much : but he loves it as well as he does the duchess of Kendal-}-, and that is saying a good deal. I wish it may thrive, for many of my friends are deep in it : I wish you were so too.
Page 484 - Remember we are to be good neighbors as well as neighbors ; and if the mountain will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet must go to the mountain.
Page 126 - I humbly entreat your excellency either to use such persuasions as will keep one of the first men in this kingdom for learning and virtue quiet at home, or assist him by your credit to compass his romantic design ; which, however, is very noble and generous, and directly proper for a great person of your excellent education to encourage.
Page 92 - What can be the design of your letter but malice, to wake me out of a scurvy sleep, which however is better than none ? I am towards nine years older since I left you, yet that is the least of my alterations ; my business, my diversions, my conversations, are all entirely changed for the worse, and so are my studies and my amusements in writing. Yet, after all, this humdrum way of life might be 217 passable enough, if you would let me alone.
Page 451 - I do not want the assistance of some that I formerly conversed with, I will not so much as seem to seek to be a dependant. As to my studies, I have not been entirely idle, though I cannot say that I have yet perfected any thing. What I have done is something in the way of those fables I have already published.
Page 260 - So now all my expectations are vanished; and I have no prospect, but in depending wholly upon myself, and my own conduct. As I am used to disappointments, I can bear them ; but as I can have no more hopes, I can no more be disappointed, so that I am in a blessed condition. You remember you were advising me to go into Newgate to finish my scenes the more correctly. I now think I shall, for I have no attendance to hinder me; but my opera J is already finished.
Page 322 - I was forty-seven years old when I began to think of death ; * and the reflections upon it now begin when I wake in the morning, and end when I am going to sleep.
Page 93 - ... it) things may be as they were in my time*, when all employments went to parliamentmen's friends, who had been useful in elections, and there was always a huge list of names in arrears at the treasury, which would at least take up your seven years expedient to discharge even one half.

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