The Works of Dr. Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin: Accurately Revised, in Twelve Volumes. Adorned with Copper-plates; with Some Account of the Author's Life, and Notes Historical and Explanatory, Volume 14

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C. Bathurst, T. Osborne, W. Bowyer, J. Hinton, W. Strahan, B. Collins, J. Rivington, R. Baldwin, L. Davis and C. Reymers, and J. Dodsley., 1765

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Page 214 - I should be exceedingly sorry to find the Legislature make any new laws against the practice of duelling ; because the methods are easy and many, for a wise man to avoid a quarrel with honour, or engage in it with innocence. And I can discover no political evil in suffering bullies, sharpers, and rakes to rid the world of each other by a method of their own, where the law hath not been able to find an expedient.
Page 221 - ... cold temper and unconfined humour is a much greater hindrance than any fear of that which is the subject of your letter. I shall speak plainly to you, that the very ordinary observations I made with going half a mile beyond the university, have taught me experience enough not to think of marriage till I settle my fortune in the world, which I am sure will not be in some years ; and even then itself, I am so hard to please, that I suppose I shall put it off to the other world.
Page 238 - When Solon and Lycurgus taught To moralize the human thought Of mad opinion's maze, To erring zeal they gave new laws, Thy charms, O Liberty, the cause That blends congenial rays.
Page 293 - His brace of puppies how they stuff, And they must have three meals a day, Yet never think they get enough; His horses too eat all our hay. Oh! if I could, how I would maul His tallow face and wainscot paws, His beetle brows and eyes of wall, And make him soon give up the cause.
Page 216 - There is a pedantry in manners, as in all arts and sciences; and sometimes in trades. Pedantry is properly the over-rating of any kind of knowledge we pretend to.
Page 218 - ... in a great compass of knowledge; no less than that of dancing, fighting, gaming, making the circle of Italy, riding the great horse, and speaking French; not to mention some other secondary or subaltern accomplishments, which are more easily acquired.
Page 220 - ... rest; who look upon them not only as if they were matters capable of admitting of choice, but even as points of importance ; and...
Page 261 - The Chriftian rites I introduc'd in vain : Lo ! infidelity return'd again ! Freedom and virtue in thy fons I found, Who now in vice and flavery are drown'd. By faith and prayer, this crofier in my hand, I drove the venom'd ferpent from thy land ; The fhepherd in his bower might fleep or fing*, Nor dread the adder's tooth, nor fcorpion's fting. With omens oft' I ftrove to warn thy fwains, Omens, the types of thy impending chains.
Page 289 - tis faid, Keeps fober hours, and goes to bed. There but 'tis endlefs to write down All the amufements of the town ; And fpoufe will think herfelf quite undone, To trudge to Connor [/"] from fweet London. And care we muft our wives to pleafe, Or . elfe we fhall be ill at eafe.

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