An Essay on National Pride: Whether Arising from Excellencies Real Or Imaginary ; with an Examination of Its Advantages and Disadvantages and Observations on Religious, Republican and Monarchical Pride

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Страница 87 - Though thy clime Be fickle, and thy year, most part deform'd With dripping rains, or wither'd by a frost, I would not yet exchange thy sullen skies And fields without a flower, for warmer France With all her vines ; nor for Ausonia's groves Of golden fruitage and her myrtle bowers.
Страница 87 - Their groves o' sweet myrtle let foreign lands reckon, Where bright beaming summers exalt the perfume; Far dearer to me yon lone glen o' green breckan, Wi' the burn stealing under the lang yellow broom: Far dearer to me are yon humble broom bowers, Where the blue-bell and gowan lurk lowly unseen ; For there, lightly tripping amang the wild-flowers, A-listening the linnet, aft wanders my Jean.
Страница 116 - ... past all military action, and fearing to die meanly and basely (as they esteemed it) in their beds, they usually caused themselves to be brought to the nearest part of these rocks, and from thence threw themselves down into the sea, hoping, by the boldness of such a violent death, to renew the pretence of admission in the Hall of Odin, which they had lost by failing to die in combat and by arms.
Страница 20 - ... asked our servant who they were, imagining they might be archers, or footpads of justice, in pursuit of some malefactor. But guess my surprise, when the fellow told me, they were gentlemen a la chasse. They were in fact come out from Paris, in this equipage, to take the diversion of hare-hunting; that is, of shooting from behind a tree at the hares that chanced to pass.
Страница 115 - ... went immediately to the vast hall or palace of Odin, their god of war, who eternally kept open house for all such guests, where they were entertained at infinite tables, in perpetual feasts and mirth, carousing...
Страница 54 - ... true believers ; and the followers of Ali they denominate Shiites, which signifies a sect of despicable outcasts. It is seldom that a Turk will maintain a downright falsehood. Hence, when one of them requires another to prove any assertion, he usually rejoins : " Do you take me for a Christian •" In the eyes of the Turks all infidels are dogs, whose presence alone is sufficient to pollute an orthodox Musulman. For this reason no unbeliever is permitted to enter a certain district between Mecca...
Страница 20 - French, considered as a people, there are undoubtedly many circumstances truly ridiculous. You know the fashionable people, who go a hunting, are equipped with their jack boots, bag wigs, swords, and pistols : but I saw the other day a scene still more grotesque. On the road to Choissi, a fiacre, or hackney-coach, stopped, and out came five or six men, armed with muskets, who took post, each behind a separate tree. I asked our servant who they were, imagining they might be archers, or footpads of...
Страница 115 - ... world, by the vulgar opinion and imputation of all sorts of charms, enchantments, or witchcrafts, to the use and force of those strange characters ; that he instituted many excellent orders and laws, made the distinction of seasons, the divisions of time, was an invincible warrior, a wise lawgiver, loved and obeyed during life by his subjects, and after his death adored as one of their three chief gods...
Страница 178 - Do not regard, said he, this day as the end of my life, but as the beginning of my happiness, and the completion of my glory. I leave Thebes triumphant, proud Sparta humbled, and Greece delivered from the yoke of servitude. For the rest, I do not reckon that I die without issue ; Leuctra and Mantinea are two illustrious daughters, that will not fail to keep my name alive, and to transmit it to posterity.
Страница 51 - By these means the number of disputants is augmented, errors are multiplied, and persecution is encouraged. All religious parties and sects are convinced of their own infallibility. Each cherishes the unhappy opinion, that, among the many religious professions, there is only one which possesses the theological truths in all their purity ; each despises and abhors the rest, and accuses them of obstinacy, blindness, obduracy and deceit. Each sect imagines itself to be in the right way and all the others...

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