Imperium Pelagi, a Naval Lyric. Epistles to Mr. Pope, Concerning the Authors of the Age. Sea-Piece. the Foreign Address

Imperium Pelagi, a Naval Lyric. Epistles to Mr. Pope, Concerning the Authors of the Age. Sea-Piece. the Foreign Address

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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. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...caution: wisdom, coldness of temperature, and sometimes ill-nature, are mixed in this. I shall choose one instance that includes them all. In points of speculation he rarely aflirms or denies any thing positively, though he is best able to do it: he knows nothing, but is of such an opinion on most occasions; by which, one thing he means, is, to call younger men fools, (who delight in a more sanguine style, ) and thus artfully to gratify his disaflection to them. He is all disaflection: Ispeak in general. He loves nobody, because formerly, very probably, his good inclinations have been abused; besides the affections as naturally contract in the evening of life as flowers at the departure von. 11. 2 G of the sun. Now, he that loves none enjoys none, nor is loved or enjoyed by any. He is pusillanimous, from decay of spirits, and the blows of fortune. Now, pusillanimity is the want of hope, and hope is the cordial of life. He is querulous, which is the voice of pusillanimity, and an infallible source of contempt. He is illiberal, as knowing how hard it is to gain, and how easy to lose; as, likewise, from a growing passion for the security of to-morrow; whereas to-day is the mistress of youth. Now, illiberality is the source of hatred, as generosity_is of love. He is immodest; I mean, hardened to the eye, and unaffected with the opinion, of others, because he disesteems them, and disesteems them, because he knows them; and praise and dispraise we disesteem, when we disesteem those from whom they come. Now, this immodesty is a source both of hatred and contempt. Besides, virtue is always enfeebled by a neglect of praise, which is a food of it. He is talkative, because his largest scenes lie backward; and his talk on the past is always a censure..show more

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  • Paperback | 206 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 376g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236966074
  • 9781236966070