Lacon; Or, Many Things in Few Words Addressed to Those who Think, Volumes 1-2

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, & Green, 1825 - 253 pages

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Page 41 - And down she sucked with her the whirling wave, Like one who grapples with his enemy, And strives to strangle him before he die.
Page 101 - And conceiving God to be the fountain of wisdom, I thought it right and necessary to solicit his assistance for obtaining it ; to this end I formed the following little prayer, which was prefixed to my tables of examination, for daily use.
Page 27 - There's nought, no doubt, so much the spirit calms As rum and true religion : thus it was, Some plunder'ed, some drank spirits, some sung psalms, The high wind made the treble, and as bass The hoarse harsh waves kept time ; fright cured the qualms Of all the luckless landsmen's sea-sick maws : Strange sounds of wailing, blasphemy, devotion, Clamour'd in chorus to the roaring ocean.
Page 41 - And first one universal shriek there rush'd, Louder than the loud ocean, like a crash Of echoing thunder ; and then all was hush'd, Save the wild wind and the remorseless dash Of billows ; but at intervals there gush'd, Accompanied with a convulsive splash, A solitary shriek, the bubbling cry Of some strong swimmer in his agony.
Page 69 - Men are born with two eyes, but with one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say...
Page 174 - No two things differ more than hurry and dispatch. Hurry is the mark of a weak mind, dispatch of a strong one.
Page 20 - Man's love is of man's life a thing apart ; 'Tis woman's whole existence...
Page 41 - No more no more Oh! never more on me The freshness of the heart can fall like dew, Which out of all the lovely things we see Extracts emotions beautiful and new; Hived in our bosoms like the bag o' the bee: Think'st thou the honey with those objects grew?
Page 14 - Lucretius' irreligion is too strong, For early stomachs, to prove wholesome food; I can't help thinking Juvenal was wrong, Although no doubt his real intent was good, For speaking out so plainly in his song, So much indeed as to be downright rude; And then what proper person can be partial To all those nauseous epigrams of Martial?
Page xii - That writer does the most, who gives his reader the most knowledge, and takes from him the least time.

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