The Monthly review. New and improved ser, Volume 52

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Page 366 - If a man were called to fix the period in the history of the world during which the condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous, he would, without hesitation, name that which elapsed from the death of Domitian to the accession of Commodus.
Page 365 - In these cases, if the party himself, or any of these his relations, be forcibly attacked in his person or property, it is lawful for him to repel force by force; and the breach of the peace which happens is chargeable upon him only who began the affray.
Page 181 - So may the outward shows be least themselves: The world is still deceived with ornament. In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt, But, being season'd with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil? In religion, What damned error, but some sober brow Will bless it, and approve it with a text, Hiding the grossness with fair ornament?
Page 59 - The applause of listening senates to command, The threats of pain and ruin to despise, To scatter plenty o'er a smiling land, And read their...
Page 371 - Shelburne, being as a guest in the family, I can truly say that I was not at all fascinated with that mode of life. Instead of looking back upon it with regret, one of the greatest subjects of my present thankfulness is the change of that situation for the one in which I am now placed...
Page 287 - It was a gross mistake of the nature of the country and the character of the people. The land had been invaded, but was by no means conquered. Dost Mohammed had surrendered to the English; but his son, Akbar Khan, was actively engaged in a conspiracy, of which Bir Alexander Burnes and the envoy Macnaghten were not aware until it was too late.
Page 361 - Cease, my strain ! I hear a voice From realms where martial souls rejoice : I hear the maids of slaughter call, Who bid me hence to Odin's hall : High-seated in their blest abodes I soon shall quaff the drink of gods. The hours of life have glided by ; I fall ; but smiling shall I die.
Page 232 - I knew him a few years ago full of hopes and full of projects, versed in many languages, high in fancy, and strong in retention. This busy and forcible mind is now under the government of those who lately would not have been able to comprehend the least and most narrow of its designs. What do you hear of him ? Are there hopes of his recovery? Or is he to pass the remainder of his life in misery and degradation ? perhaps with complete consciousness of his calamity.
Page 488 - Profligacy eagerly embraces what flatters its propensities, and ignorance follows blindly wherever example excites : it is therefore no wonder that a general corruption of manners should ensue, increasing in proportion as the distance of time involved the original meaning of the symbol in darkness and oblivion. Obscene mirth became the principal feature of the popular superstition, and was, even in after times, extended to, and intermingled with, gloomy rites and bloody sacrifices.
Page 5 - It is very difficult to determine the precise meaning which our ancestors gave to discourse, or to distinguish the line which separated it from reason. Perhaps it indicated a more rapid deduction of consequences from premises, than was supposed to be effected by reason : — but I speak with hesitation.

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