Letters to and from his friends and patrons

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Page 342 - VITAL spark of heavenly flame ! Quit, oh, quit this mortal frame ! Trembling, hoping, lingering, flying : Oh, the pain, the bliss of dying ! Cease, fond nature ! cease thy strife, And let me languish into life ! Hark, they whisper ; angels say,
Page 333 - ... an advantage not very common to young men, that the attractions of the world have not dazzled me very much...
Page 7 - ... as yours is, our days will pass away with joy; and old age, instead of introducing melancholy prospects of decay, give us hope of eternal youth in a better life. I have but few minutes from the duty of my employment to write in, and without time to read over what I have writ; therefore beseech you to pardon the first hints of my mind, which I have expressed in so little order. ' I am, dearest creature, your most obedient, ' Most devoted servant,' ' The two next were written after the day for...
Page 421 - Tisdall fellow, that he never minds it. So what care I for his wit ? for he is the worst company in the world, till he has a bottle of wine in his head.
Page 333 - ... not very common to young men, that the attractions of the world have not dazzled me very much ; and I begin, where...
Page 343 - I. Vital fpark of heav'nly fl.ame ! Quit, oh quit this mortal frame; Trembling, hoping, ling'ring, flying, Oh the pain, the blifs of dying ! Ceafe, fond Nature, ceafe thy ftrife, And let me languifh into life. II. Hark ! they whifper ; Angels fay, Sifter Spirit, come away...
Page 343 - The world recedes; it disappears! Heaven opens on my eyes; my ears With sounds seraphic ring! Lend, lend your wings! I mount! I fly! O Grave! where is thy victory? O Death! where is thy sting?
Page 461 - ... William, it being the 4th November, as to drink his friend Addison up to conversation pitch, whose phlegmatic constitution was hardly warmed for society by that time. Steele was not fit for it. Two remarkable circumstances happened. John Sly, the hatter of facetious memory, was in the house; and...
Page 14 - I am attending about business. There is a dirty crowd of busy faces all around me, talking of money ; while all my ambition, all my wealth is love ! Love which animates my heart, sweetens my humour, enlarges my soul, and affects every action of my life.
Page 94 - King's accession to the throne : and at his death bequeathed a certain sum of money, the interest of which was to be appropriated annually, for ever, to the purchase of a like coat and badge, to be rowed for in honour of the day...

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