Memoirs and Proceedings - Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society, Volumen4

Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society., 1793

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Página 59 - Shall we for ever make new books, as apothecaries make new mixtures, by pouring only out of one vessel into another? Are we for ever to be twisting, and untwisting the same rope? for ever in the same track — for ever at the same pace?
Página 197 - ... made them fight, like mad or drunk, For Dame Religion, as for punk; Whose honesty they all durst swear for, Though not a man of them knew wherefore: When Gospel-Trumpeter, surrounded With long-ear'd rout, to battle sounded, And pulpit, drum ecclesiastic, Was beat with fist, instead of a stick; Then did Sir Knight abandon dwelling, And out he rode a colonelling.
Página 163 - There have been many schemes offered for the emendation and settlement of our orthography, which like that of other nations, being formed by chance, or according to the fancy of the earliest writers in rude ages, was at first very various and uncertain, and is yet sufficiently irregular. Of these reformers some have endeavoured to accommodate orthography better to the pronunciation, without considering that this is to measure by a shadow, to take that for a model or standard which...
Página 291 - Iflandi which increafed to the fize of trees, and yielded a liquor that was fweet and agreeable to the palate. This plant he concludes to be the fugar cane; but I think the paflage in Pliny J fcarcely implies fo much.
Página 363 - I am informed, eftimatcd its value at thirty thoufand pounds. What a noble fortune to the younger branches of the family to whom this wood was left ! Evelyn tells us, in his Syha, of an Italian Nobleman, who, after his Lady was brought to bed of a daughter (confidering that wood and timber were a revenue coming in whilft 'the owners were afleep) ordered his lands to be planted with 100,000 trees, calculating that each tree might be worth twenty-pence by the time his daughter became marriageable,...
Página 82 - There is no small degree of malicious craft in fixing upon a season to give a mark of enmity and illwill : a word, — a look, which at one time would make no impression at another time wounds the heart ; and like a shaft flying with the wind, pierces deep, which, with its own natural force, would scarce have reached the object aimed at.
Página 68 - tis terrible no way — for consider, brother Toby, — when we are — death is not; — and when death is — we are not.
Página 297 - It appears to have been ufed in two ftates ; one wherein the juice was boiled down to the confiftence of honey, and another where it was boiled farther, fo as to form a folid body of fugar. The foregoing are all the paffages that have occurred to my reading on this fubjec't.
Página 150 - I AM not so vain to think, that any one can pretend to attempt the perfect reforming the languages of the world, no not so much as of his own country, without rendering himself ridiculous.
Página 149 - Intr. is one fatisfadion from the ftudy of the works of art, and which, to the lover of knowledge, is abundant recompence for the labour it cofts him, that we can get to the bottom in fuch ftudy, and difcover the firft principles of the art : whereas in the works of God and nature, there is a wifHom and contrivance of which we cannot fee the end ; and therefore I doubt whether, in fuch matters, the human faculties can ever attain to perfect fcience. The art of language is fo beautiful, and of fuch...

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