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He is engaged in a treatise on the interests of the soul and of the body.
Some productions of nature rise or sink in value, according as they more or less resemble those of art.
The Latin tongue was never spoken, in its purity, in this island.
For some centuries, there was a constant intercourse between France and England, by reason of the dominions which we possessed there, and the conquests which we made. Or-occasioned by the dominions, &c.
He is impressed with a true sense of the importance of that function, when chosen from a regard to the interests of piety and virtue.
The wise and the foolish, the virtuous and the vile, the learned and the ignorant, the temperate and the profligate, must often, like the wheat and the tares, be blended together.
Grammar, p. 267. Exercises, p. 142.
An eloquent speaker may give more numerous, but cannot give more convincing arguments, than this plain man offered. Or-may give more but cannot give stronger, &c.
These persons possessed very moderate intellects, even before they had impaired them by the extravagance of passion.
True wit is nature dressed to advantage; but some works have more ornament than does them good.
The sharks, that prey upon the inadvertency of young heirs, are more pardonable than those, who trespass upon the good opinion of persons that treat them with great confidence and respect.
Honour teaches us properly to respect ourselves, and to violate no right or privilege of
neighbour: it leads us to support the feeble, to relieve the distressed, and to scorn to be governed by degrading and injurious passions. It must, there fore, be a false and mistaken honour, that prompts the destroyer to take the life of his friend.
He will always be with you, to support and comfort you, and in some measure to prosper your labours; and he will also be with all his faithful ministers, who shall succeed you in his service. SECTION 4.
Grammar, p. 277. Exercises, p. 143.
Most of our sailors were asleep in their apartments, when a heavy wave broke over the ship, and swept away one of our boats, and the box which contained our compasses, &c. Our cabin windows were secured, or the vessel would have been filled. The main mast was so damaged, that we were obliged to strengthen it, and to proceed for Lisbon.
The book is very neatly printed: the distances between the lines are ample and regular; and the lines themselves, on the opposite sides of each leaf, exactly correspond to one another.
Grammar, p. 277. Exercises, p. 144.
WHEN our friendship is considered, how is it possible that I should not grieve for having lost such a friend?
The hen being in her nest, was killed and eaten there by the eagle. Or-The eagle killed the hen, flew to her nest in the tree, and eat her there. It may be justly said, that there are no laws preferable to those of England.
They who have pretended to polish and refine the English language, have been the chief agents, in multiplying its abuses and absurdities. Or The chief thing, which they who have pretended
to polish and refine the English language, have done is, to multiply its abuses and absurdities.
The English adventurers, degenerating from the customs of their own nation, were gradually assimilated to the natives, instead of reclaiming them from their uncultivated manners.
It has been said, that Jesuits can not only equivocate. Or-Jesuits are not the only persons who can equivocate.
We must not think that these people, when injured, have no right at all to our protection. Orhave less right than others to our protection.
Solomon the son of David, and the builder of the temple of Jerusalem, was the richest monarch that reigned over the Jewish people.
Solomon whose father David was persecuted by Saul, was the richest monarch of the Jews.
It is certain that all the words which are signs of complex ideas, may furnish matter of mistake and cavil. Or-all those words, &c.
Lisias, speaking of his friends, promised to his father, never to abandon them. Or-Lisias speaking of his father's friends, promised to his father, never to abandon them.
The Divine Being, ever liberal and faithful, heapeth favours on his servants. Or-The Divine Being heapeth favours on his liberal and faithful servants.
Every well-instructed scribe, is like a householder, who bringeth out of his treasure new things & old. He was willing to spend one or two hundred pounds, rather than be enslaved.
Dryden, in the following words, makes a very handsome observation, on Ovid's writing a letter from Dido to Æneas.
Imprudent associations disqualify us for instructing or reproving others. Or-Disqualify us for receiving instruction or reproof from others.
Grammar, p. 278. Exercises, p. 145.
I SELDOM see a noble building, or any great piece of magnificence and pomp, but I think, how little is all this to satisfy the ambition of an immortal soul!
A poet, speaking of the universal deluge, says;
Yet when that flood in its own depth was drown'n,
When the waters of the deluge had subsided, they left, &c.
The author of the Spectator says, that a man is not qualified for a bust, who has not a good deal of wit and vivacity.
And Bezaleel made the laver of brass, and the foot of it of brass, of the mirrors used by the wo
And, in the lower deep, another deep
Still threat'ning to devour me, opens wide.
Grammar, p. 281. Exercises, p. 145.
No fewer than two hundred schollars have been educated in that school.
The business, however laudable the attempt, was found to be impracticable.
He is our common benefactor, and deserves our respect and obedience.
Vivacity is often promoted, by presenting a sensible object to the mind, instead of an intellectual one.
They broke down the banks, and the country was soon overflowed.
The garment was decently formed, and sewed very neatly.
The house is a cold one, for it has a northern aspect.
The proposal, for each of us to relinquish something, was complied with, and produced a cordial reconciliation.
Though learn'd, well bred; and tho' well bred sincere ; Modestly bold, and humanely severe.
A fop is a ridiculous character, in every one's view but his own.
An action that excites laughter, without any mixture of contempt, may be called a risible action. It is difficult for him to speak three sentences successively.
By this expression, I do not mean what some persons annex to it.
The neglect of timely precaution was the cause of this great loss.
All the sophistry which has been employed, cannot obscure so plain a truth.
Disputing should always be so managed, as to remind us, that the only end of it is truth.
My friend was so ill that he could not sit up at all, but was obliged to lie continually in bed.
A certain prince, it is said, when he invaded the Egyptians, placed, in the front of his army, a number of cats and other animals, which were worshipped by those people. A reverence for these creatures, made the Egyptians lay down their arms, and become an easy conquest.
The presence of the Deity, and the interest which so august a Being is supposed to take in our concerns, is a source of consolation.
And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and had sat down together, Peter sat down among them.
By the slavish disposition of the senate and people of Rome, under the emperors, the wit and eloquence of the age were wholly turned towards penegyric. Or-wholly employed in penegyric.