Sketches of Public Characters, Discourses and Essays: To which is Added a Dissertation on the Eloquence of the Ancients, Volumen1

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Página 68 - Providence to govern three branches of the one family, namely, Austria, Prussia, and Russia; thus confessing that the Christian world, of which they and their people form a part, has, in reality, no other sovereign than him to whom alone power really belongs, because in him alone are found all the treasures of love, science, and infinite wisdom, that is to say, God, our Divine Saviour, the Word of the Most High, the Word of Life.
Página 68 - ... who shall choose solemnly to avow the sacred principles which have dictated the present Act, and shall acknowledge how important it is for the happiness of nations, too long agitated, that these truths should henceforth exercise over the destinies of mankind all the influence which belongs to them, will be received with equal ardour and affection into this Holy Alliance.
Página 203 - ... reasoning, the most luminous statement, the most persuasive display of all the motives that could influence, and of all the details that could enlighten, his audience. Often a different strain was heard, and it was declamatory and vehement — or pity was to be moved, and its pathos was touching as it was simple — or, above all, an adversary sunk in baseness, or covered with crimes, was to be punished or to be destroyed, and a storm of the most terrible invective raged, with all the blights...
Página 168 - ... equal. His imagination was the minister whose services were rarely required, and whose mastery was never for an instant admitted ; his sarcasm was tremendous, nor always very sparingly employed. His manner was perfect, in voice, in figure, in a countenance of singular beauty and dignity ; nor was any thing in his oratory more striking or more effective than the heartfelt sincerity which it throughout displayed, in topic, in diction, in tone, in look, in gesture.
Página 193 - A vicar was once" (said his Lordship, presiding at the dinner of the Admiralty Sessions) " so wearied out with his parish clerk confining himself to the 100th Psalm, that he remonstrated, and insisted upon a variety, which the man promised ; but, old habit proving too strong for him, the old words were as usual given out next Sunday, ' All people that on earth do dwell.
Página 80 - He possessed a considerable fund of plain sense, not to be misled by any refinement of speculation, or clouded by any fanciful notions. He went straight to his point. He was brave politically as well as personally. Of this, his conduct on the Irish Union had given abundant proof; and nothing could be more just than the rebuke which, as connected with the topic of personal courage, we may recollect his administering to a great man who had passed the limits of Parliamentary courtesy — " Every one...
Página 78 - Hercules" — (by a slight confounding of the mother's labour which produced that hero, with his own exploits which gained him immortality) — these are but a few, and not the richest samples, by any means, of a rhetoric which often baffled alike the gravity of the Treasury Bench and the art of the reporter, and left the wondering audience...
Página 78 - ... extending beyond the more recent volumes of the parliamentary debates, or possibly the files of the newspapers only, his diction set all imitation, perhaps all description, at defiance. It was with some an amusement to beguile the tedious hours of their unavoidable attendance upon the poor, tawdry, ravelled thread of his sorry discourse, to collect a kind of ana from the fragments of mixed, incongruous, and disjointed images that frequently appeared in it. ' The features of the clause' — '...
Página 244 - ... infamy, so callous to every feeling of. decency, or of shame, as to go on Sunday last, clothed in the mantle of adultery, to kneel down at the altar of that God, who is "of purer eyes than to behold iniquity," when she ought rather to have stood barefoot in the aisle, covered with a sheet as white as "unsunned snow,'* doing penance for her sins.
Página 18 - ... a private in the Bearstead and Mailing regiment of local militia, who was lately tried by a court-martial for disobedience of orders, and mutinous and improper behaviour, while the regiment was embodied, has been found guilty of all the charges, and sentenced to receive EIGHT HUNDRED VOL. i. 2 LASHES, which are to be inflicted on him at Chatham, to which garrison he is to be marched for that purpose.

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