The Closing Years of Dean Swift's Life; with an Appendix, Containing Several of His Poems Hitherto Unpublished, and Some Remarks on Stella

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Страница 39 - The sixth age shifts Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon, With spectacles on nose and pouch on side, His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide For his shrunk shank ; and his big manly voice, Turning again toward childish treble, pipes And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all, That ends this strange eventful history, Is second childishness and mere oblivion, Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
Страница 77 - He gave the little wealth he had, To build a house for fools and mad: And showed by one satiric touch, No nation wanted it so much: That kingdom he hath left his debtor, I wish it soon may have a better.
Страница 12 - Yet should some neighbour feel a pain Just in the parts where I complain, How many a message would he send ? What hearty prayers that I should mend?
Страница 45 - I am so stupid and confounded, that I cannot express the mortification I am under both in body and mind. All I caB say is, that I am not in torture; but I daily and hourly expect it. Pray let me know how your health is, and your family. I hardly understand one word I write. I am sure my days will be very few; few and miserable they must be.
Страница 32 - See how the Dean begins to break! Poor gentleman, he droops apace! You plainly find it in his face. That old vertigo in his head Will never leave him, till he's dead. Besides, his memory decays: He recollects not what he says; He cannot call his friends to mind; Forgets the place where last he dined; Plies you with stories o'er and o'er; He told them fifty times before.
Страница 115 - She was sickly from her childhood until about the age of fifteen ; but then grew into perfect health, and was looked upon as one of the most beautiful, graceful, and agreeable young women in London, only a little too fat. Her hair was blacker than a raven, and every feature of her face in perfection.
Страница 103 - This is the night of the funeral, which my sickness will not suffer me to attend. It is now nine at night ; and I am removed into another apartment, that I may not see the light in the church, which is just over against the window of my bed-chamber.
Страница 7 - The doctors, tender of their fame, Wisely on me lay all the blame: 'We must confess his case was nice; But he would never take advice: Had he been rul'd, for aught appears, He might have liv'd these twenty years: For when we open'd him we found, That all his vital parts were sound.
Страница 25 - I kept it an hour in my pocket with all the suspense of a man who expected to hear the worst news that fortune could give him ; and at the same time was not able to hold up my head. These are the perquisites of living long ; the last act of life is always .a tragedy at best ; but it is a bitter aggravation to have one's best friend go before one.
Страница 111 - Now, said the nymph, to let you see my actions with your rules agree; that I can vulgar forms despise, and have no secrets to disguise : I knew, by what you said and writ, how dangerous...