Miscellanies in Prose and Verse

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S. Fairbrother, 1721 - 279 pages
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Page 244 - When a Man's Thoughts are clear, the properest Words will generally offer themselves first; and his own Judgment will direct him in what Order to place them, so as they may be best understood.
Page 96 - Great wits love to be free with the highest objects, and if they cannot be allowed a God to revile or renounce, they will speak evil of dignities, abuse the Government, and reflect upon the Ministry...
Page 247 - As I take it, the two principal branches of preaching are, first, to tell the people what is their duty, and then to convince them that it is so.
Page 109 - To conclude : whatever some may think of the great advantages to trade by this favourite scheme, I do very much apprehend, that in six months...
Page 108 - ... for of what use is freedom of thought if it will not produce freedom of action ? which is the sole end, how remote soever in appearance, of all objections against Christianity...
Page 227 - Now from all Parts the swelling Kennels flow, And bear their Trophies with them as they go: Filth of all Hues and Odours seem to tell What Street they sail'd from, by their Sight and Smell.
Page 103 - ... for the vulgar. Not that I am in the least of opinion with those who hold religion' to have been the invention of politicians, to keep the lower part of the world in awe by the fear of invisible powers; unless mankind were then very different to what it is now: For I look upon the...
Page 210 - Found his head fill'd with many a system ; But classic authors he ne'er...
Page 227 - Triumphant tories, and desponding whigs, Forget their feuds, and join to save their wigs. Box'd in a chair, the beau impatient sits, While spouts run clattering o'er the roof by fits, And ever and anon with frightful din The leather sounds ; he trembles from within.
Page 42 - I should think that the saying, Vox populi vox Dei, ought to be understood of the universal bent and current of a People, not of the bare majority of a few representatives ; which is often procured by little arts, and great industry and application ; wherein those, who engage in the pursuits of malice and revenge, are much more sedulous than such as would prevent them.

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