The spirit of the doctor; comprising poems, selected from the MS. of J. Watson. With a memoir of his life [signed D.W.P.], and The humors of Trim


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Side xxii - Shakspeare, that, take him for all in all, we shall not look upon his like again.
Side xxiii - AH ! who can tell how hard it is to climb The steep where Fame's proud temple shines afar; Ah! who can tell how many a soul sublime Has felt the influence of malignant star, And waged with Fortune an eternal war; Check'd by the scoff of Pride, by Envy's frown, And Poverty's unconquerable bar, In life's low vale remote has pined alone, Then dropt into the grave, unpitied and unknown...
Side 4 - But, alas ! how wretchedly low and contemptible is that state of mind, that cannot be pleased but by what is the subject of lamentation. This temper has ever been, in the highest degree, odious to gallant spirits. The Persian soldier, who was heard reviling Alexander the Great, was well admonished by his officer, " Sir, you are paid to fight against Alexander, and not to rail at him.
Side 34 - In truth he was a strange and wayward wight, Fond of each gentle, and each dreadful scene. In darkness, and in storm, he found delight : Nor less, than when on...
Side 23 - THE MOUNTAINS IN LABOUR. THE Mountains were said to be in Labour, and uttered most dreadful groans. People came together, far and near, to see what birth would be produced ; and after they had waited a considerable time in expectation, out crept a mouse. REFLECTION. Great cry and little wool, is the English proverb ; the sense of which bears an exact proportion to this fable.
Side 5 - Such a credulity is very vicious in itself, and generally arises from a man's consciousness of his own secret corruptions. It is a pretty saying of Thales. ' Falsehood is just as far distant from truth as the ears are from the eyes.
Side 50 - Tom, an' please your honour, got to the shop, there was nobody in it, but a poor negro girl, with a bunch of white feathers slightly tied to the end of a long cane, flapping away flies — not killing them 'Tis a pretty picture! said my uncle Toby — she had suffered persecution, Trim, and had learnt mercy She was good, an...
Side 8 - The stars shall fade away, the sun himself Grow dim with age, and Nature sink in years, But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the war of elements, The wreck of matter, and the crush of worlds.
Side 5 - Cicero, in one of his pleadings, defending his client from general .scandal, says very handsomely, and with much reason, ' There are many who have particular engagements to the prosecutor ; there are many who are known to have illwill to him for whom I appear ; there are many who are naturally addicted to defamation, and envious of any good to .any man who may have contributed to spread reports of this kind : for nothing is so swift as scandal, nothing is more easily sent abroad, nothing received...
Side 31 - The flowers with fragrant odours meet, And perfume all around. So enters man life's giddy maze, Fearless of future harms ; Pleasure her wily path displays, And lures him by her charms. The sun pursues his eager flight, The dewdrops soon are fled ; Each flower, obedient to the light, Bends low its drooping head. So thoughtless man, his hopes to win, In pleasure's labyrinth strays, Till disappointment rushes in, And blights his future days.

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