Historical conversations for young persons: containing : I. The history of Malta and of the Knights of St. John : II. The history of Poland

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J. Murray, 1836 - 405 страници
 

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Страница 6 - But where to find that happiest spot below Who can direct, when all pretend to know ? The shuddering tenant of the frigid zone Boldly proclaims that happiest spot his own ; Extols the treasures of his stormy seas, And his long nights of revelry and ease : The naked Negro, panting at the line, Boasts of his golden sands and palmy wine, Basks in the glare, or stems the tepid wave, And thanks his gods for all the good they gave.
Страница 308 - On what foundation stands the warrior's pride? How just his hopes let Swedish Charles decide; A frame of adamant, a soul of fire, No dangers fright him, and no labours tire...
Страница 308 - ... till nought remain, On Moscow's walls till Gothic standards fly, And all be mine beneath the polar sky." The march begins in military state, And nations on his eye suspended wait ; Stern Famine guards the solitary coast, And Winter barricades the realms of Frost ; He comes...
Страница 308 - Condemn'da needy supplicant to wait, While ladies interpose, and slaves debate. But did not chance at length her error mend ? Did no subverted empire mark his end ? Did rival monarchs give the fatal wound ? Or hostile millions press him to the ground ? His fall was destined to a barren strand, A petty fortress, and a dubious hand ; He left the name, at which the world grew pale, To point a moral, or adorn a tale.
Страница 308 - Think nothing gained,' he cries, 'till nought remain, On Moscow's walls till Gothic standards fly, And all be mine beneath the polar sky.' The march begins in military state, And nations on his eye suspended wait; Stern Famine guards the solitary coast, And Winter barricades the realms of...
Страница 22 - And through the loom the golden shuttle guides. Without the grot, a various silvan scene Appear'd around, and groves of living green ; Poplars and alders ever quivering play'd, And nodding cypress form'da fragrant shade...
Страница 22 - Appear'd around, and groves of living green; Poplars and alders ever quivering play'd, And nodding cypress form'da fragrant shade: On whose high branches, waving with the storm, The birds of broadest wing their mansions form, — The chough, the sea-mew, the loquacious crow, — and scream aloft, and skim the deeps below.
Страница 114 - It is well, general, that there was some one within to open the gates to us. We should have had more trouble in entering, if the place had been altogether empty.
Страница 253 - It is now two hundred and eighty years that you have been governed by my family. The reign of my ancestors is past, and mine is going to expire. Fatigued by the labours of war, the cares of the cabinet, and the weight of age ; oppressed with the burdens and...
Страница 353 - ... eye sent forth a stream of light, that indicated the steady flame of patriotism which still burned within his soul; unquenched by disaster and wounds, weakness, poverty, and exile. Contrasted with its brightness was the paleness of his countenance, and the wan cast of every feature. He spoke very tolerable English, though in a low and feeble tone ; but his conversation, replete with fine sense, lively remark, and sagacious answers, evinced a noble understanding, and a cultivated mind. On rising...

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