Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D Volume 9
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1824 edition. Excerpt: ...seems to have been well informed of facts, though he may sometimes err in chronology, has delivered as indubitably certain: " He found Dr. Andrews, Bishop of Winchester, and Dr. Neale, Bishop of Durham, standing behind his Majesty's chair; and there happened something extraordinary," continues this writer, " in the conversation those prelates had with the King, on which Mr. Waller did often reflect. His Majesty asked the bishops, My Lords, cannot I take my subjects' money, when I want it, without all this formality of parliament?' The Bishop of Durham readily answered, ' God forbid, Sir, but you should: you are the breath of our nostrils.' Whereupon the King turned and said to the Bishop of Winchester, ' Well, my Lord, what say you?' ' Sir, ' replied the bishop, ' I have no skill to judge of parliamentary cases.' The King answered, ' No put-offs, my Lord; answer me presently.' f Then, Sir, ' said he, ' I think it is lawful for you to take my brother Neale's money; for he offers it.' Mr. Waller said, ' the company was pleased with this answer, and the wit of it seemed to atfeet the King; for a certain lord coming in soon after, his Majesty cried out, ' Oh, my lord, they say you lig with my Lady.' ' No, Sir, ' says his lordship in confusion; but I like her company, because she has so much wit.' ' Why, then, ' says the King, ' do you not lig with my Lord of Winchester there?'" Waller's political and poetical life began nearly together. In his eighteenth year he wrote the poem that appears in his works, on " the Prince's Escape at St. Andero: " a piece which justifies the observation made by one of his editors, that he attained, by a felicity like instinct, a style which perhaps will never be obsolete; and that, " were we...
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