The life of Samuel Johnson ... including A journal of a tour to the Hebrides. With additions and notes, by J.W. Croker, Nide 5

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Sivu 382 - When he saw the readiness and complacency with which my wife obeyed his call, he turned a kind and cheerful look upon her, and said — ' Madam, I must tell you for your comfort, you have escaped much better than a certain lady did awhile ago, upon whose patience I intruded greatly more than I have done on yours; but the lady asked me for no other purpose...
Sivu 386 - Herculean strength and a Stentorian voice, Of wit a fund, of words a countless choice : In learning rather various than profound, In truth intrepid, in religion sound : A trembling form and a distorted sight, But firm in judgment and in genius bright ; In controversy seldom known to spare, But humble as the publican in prayer ; To more than merited his kindness, kind, And, though in manners harsh, of friendly mind ; Deep...
Sivu 319 - Almighty and most merciful Father, I am now, as to human eyes it seems, about to commemorate, for the last time, the death of thy son Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Redeemer. Grant, O Lord, that my whole hope and confidence may be in his merits and in thy mercy : forgive and accept my late conversion ; enforce and accept my imperfect repentance ; make this commemoration of him available to the confirmation of my faith, the establishment of my hope, and the enlargement of my charity ; and make the...
Sivu 448 - Called twice this morning, but did not see him: he was much the same. In the evening, between six and seven, went to his house : found there Mr. Langton, Mr. Sastres, and Mr. Ryland : the Doctor being asleep in the chamber, we went all to tea and coffee ; when the Doctor came in to us rather cheerful, and entering said, " Dear gentlemen, how do you do...
Sivu 370 - Sir Joshua, I have often thought, never gave a more striking proof of his excellence in portrait.painting, than in giving dignity to Dr. Goldsmith's countenance, and yet preserving a strong likeness. But he drew after his mind, or rather his genius, if I may be allowed to make that distinction; assimilating the one with his conversation, the other with his works. Dr. Goldsmith's cast of countenance, and indeed his whole figure from head to foot, impressed every one at first sight with an idea of...
Sivu 406 - Mr. Johnson, though in general a gross feeder, kept fast in Lent, particularly the holy week, with a rigour very dangerous to his general health; but though he had left off wine (for religious motives as I always believed, though he did not own it), yet he did not hold the commutation of offences by voluntary penance, or encourage others to practise severity upon themselves. He even once said, "that he thought it an error to endeavour at pleasing God by taking the rod of reproof out of his hands.
Sivu 450 - I am very bad indeed, dear gentlemen," he said ; " very bad, very low, very cold, and I think I find my life to fail." In about a quarter of an hour he dismissed Mr. Sastres and me; but called me back again, and said that next Sunday, if he lived, he designed to take the sacrament, and wished me, my wife, and son to be there. We left Mr. Langton with him. Saturday, Dec.
Sivu 386 - Bride of Congreve, which he extols so rapturously, is certainly a most unfortunate sample ; but unless the oversights of a critic are less pardonable than those of other men, we may pass this over in a work of merit, which > abounds in beauties far more prominent than its defects, and much more pleasing to contemplate. In works professedly of fancy he is not very copious ; yet in his Rasselas we have much to admire, and enough to make us wish for more.
Sivu 392 - He used to say of Dr. Hunter, master of the free grammar school, Lichfield, that he never taught a boy in his life — he whipped and they learned '. Hunter was a pompous man, and never entered the school without his gown and cassock, and his wig full dressed. He had a remarkably stern look, and Dr. Johnson said, he could tremble at the sight of Miss Seward*, she was so like her grandfather. Mrs. Gastrel was on a visit at Mr. Hervey's, in London, at the time that Johnson was writing the Rambler ;...

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