The Honourable Henry Erskine: Lord Advocate for Scotland with Notices of Certain of His Kinsfolk and of His Time

W. Blackwood & Sons, 1882 - 564 sider
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Side 354 - THIS is true liberty, when freeborn men, Having to advise the public, may speak free ; Which he who can, and will, deserves high praise ; Who neither can, nor will, may hold his peace ; What can be juster in a state than this ? FROM HORACE.
Side 142 - T was this deprived my soul of rest, And raised such tumults in my breast : For while I gazed, in transport tost, My breath was gone, my voice was lost. My bosom glowed; the subtle flame Ran quick through all my vital frame : O'er my dim eyes a darkness hung ; My ears with hollow murmurs rung. In dewy damps my limbs were chilled ; My blood with gentle horrors thrilled: My feeble pulse forgot to play — I fainted, sunk, and died away.
Side 247 - ... formidable adversary. He wrote a word or two ; Erskine proceeded ; but, with every additional sentence, Pitt's attention to the paper relaxed, his look became more careless, and he obviously began to think the orator less and less worthy of his attention. At length, while...
Side 86 - If the man who turnips cries, Cry not when his father dies, 'T is a proof that he had rather Have a turnip than his father.
Side 306 - The needy man who has known better days, One whom distress has spited at the world, Is he whom tempting fiends would pitch upon To do such deeds as make the prosperous men Lift up their hands and wonder who could do them.
Side 307 - The very head and front of his offending Hath this extent, no more.
Side 251 - Temple to say, that whoever voted for the India bill was not only not his friend, but would be considered by him as his enemy. And if these words were not strong enough, Earl Temple might use whatever words he might deem stronger or more to the purpose.
Side 96 - ... is chiefly associated. A tall and rather slender figure, a face sparkling with vivacity, a clear sweet voice, and a general suffusion of elegance, gave him a striking and pleasing appearance.
Side 100 - All his wit was argument, and each of his delightful illustrations a material step in his reasoning. To himself it seemed always as if they were recommended rather for their use than their beauty. And unquestionably they often enabled him to state a fine argument, or a nice distinction, not only in a more striking and pleasing way, but actually with greater precision than could have been attained by the severer forms of reasoning.
Side 231 - Rough tho' thou be, yet still my native land ; Exiled from thee I seek a foreign shore, Friends, kindred, country, to behold no more. By hard oppression driv'n, my helpless age, That should e'er now have left life's bustling stage, Is forced to brave the Ocean's boist'rous wave, In a far foreign land to seek a grave.

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