The liberal critic; or, Memoirs of Henry Percy, المجلد 2

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الصفحة 198 - Dear to the Muse ! to Harley dear — in vain ! For him, thou oft hast bid the world attend, Fond to forget the statesman in .the friend; For Swift and him, despis'd the farce of state, The sober follies of the wise and great ; Dextrous, the craving, fawning crowd to quit, And pleas'd to 'scape from flattery to wit.
الصفحة 319 - On this gloom, one luminary rose ; and Ireland worshipped it with Persian idolatry : her true patriot — her first, almost her last. Sagacious and intrepid, he saw, he dared ; above suspicion, he was trusted ; above envy, he was beloved ; above rivalry, he was obeyed. His wisdom was practical and prophetic ; remedial for the present, warning for the future : he first taught Ireland that she might become a nation, and England that she might cease to be a despot.
الصفحة 314 - I did not do him justice — he had his faults, but he had great powers ; great public effect ; he persuaded the old, he inspired the young ; the Castle vanished before him; on a small subject he was miserable; put into his hand a distaff, and, like Hercules, he made sad work of it; but give him the thunderbolt, and he had the arm of a Jupiter...
الصفحة 319 - England that she must cease to be a despot. But he was a Churchman. His gown impeded his course, and entangled his efforts; guiding a senate, or heading an army, he had been more than Cromwell, and Ireland not less than England. As it was, he saved her by his courage,— improved her by his authority,—adorned her by his talents,— and exalted her by his fame.
الصفحة 215 - Tis not to make me jealous To say my wife is fair, feeds well, loves company, Is free of speech, sings, plays and dances well ; Where virtue is, these are more virtuous : Nor from mine own weak merits will I draw The smallest fear or doubt of her revolt ; For she had eyes, and chose me.
الصفحة 318 - Let slaves utter their slander and bark at glory which is conferred by the people; his name will stand. And when their clay shall be gathered to the dirt to which they belong, his monument, whether in marble or in the hearts of his countrymen, shall be resorted to as a subject for sorrow, and an excitation to virtue.
الصفحة 314 - ... it; but give him the thunderbolt, and he had the arm of a Jupiter; he misjudged when he transferred himself to the English Parliament ; he forgot that he was a tree of the forest, too old and too great to be transplanted at fifty ;* and his seat in the British Parliament is a caution to the friends of Union to stay at home, and make the country of their birth the seat of their action.
الصفحة 317 - Formed to unite aristocracy and the people ; with the manners of a court and the principles of a patriot; with the flame of liberty and the love of order ; unassailable to the approaches of power, of profit, or of titles; he annexed to the love of freedom a veneration for order, and cast on the crowd that followed him the gracious light of his own accomplishments ; so that the very rabble grew civilized as it approached his person.
الصفحة 316 - I had communication on those subjects with that man, whose powers of oratory were next to perfection ; and whose powers of understanding, I might say, from what has lately happened, bordered on the spirit of prophecy.* Mr. Forbes, a name I shall ever regard, and a death I shall ever deplore — enlightened, sensible, laborious, and useful — proud in poverty, and patriotic, he preferred exile to apostacy, and met his death. I speak of the dead, I say nothing of the living, but that I attribute to...
الصفحة 312 - The three ablest men I have ever heard, were Mr. Pitt (the father), Mr. Murray, and Mr. Malone ; for a popular assembly I would choose Mr. Pitt ; for a privy council, Murray ; for twelve wise men, Malone.

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