Autobiography Letters and Literary Remains of Mrs. Piozzi (Thrale)

Autobiography Letters and Literary Remains of Mrs. Piozzi (Thrale)

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...confession can lurk, That from chaos and cobwebs could spring even Burke. Thus, 'mong dirty companions, concealed in the ground, And unnoticed by all, the proud metal was found, Which, exalted by place and by polish refined, Could comfort, corrupt, and confound all mankind. XIV. Gigantic in knowledge, in virtue, in strength, With Johnson our company closes at length: So the Greeks from the cavern of Polypheme past, When, wisest and greatest, Ulysses came last, To his comrades contemptuous, we see him look down On their wit and their worth with a general frown: While from Science' proud tree the rich fruit he receives, Who could shake the whole trunk while they turned a few leaves. The inflammable temper, the positive tongue, Too conscious of right for endurance of wrong, We suffer from Johnson, contented to find That some notice we gain from so noble a mind; And pardon our hurts, since so many have found The balm of instruction poured into the wound. 'T is thus for its virtues the chymists extol Pure rectified spirit, sublime alcohol: From noxious putrescence preservative pure, A cordial in health, and in sickness a cure; But opposed to the sun, taking fire at his rays, Burns bright to the bottom, and ends in a blaze. Till he got his pension, Burke was always poor; and the wonder is how he managed to make both ends meet at all. ASHERI. Arabian tales, all Oriental tales indeed, are full of imagination, void of common sense. The lady who recounts can scarcely fail to amuse. She is herself so handsome and so charming, the story must please, be it what it will; but they must be listeners like Sir James Fellowes who can feel interest in an old man's narration, and hear attentively the Rabbinical story concerning A Search, after Asheri. more

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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236759257
  • 9781236759252