On the History, Position, and Treatment of the Public Records of Ireland

J.R. Smith, 1864 - 201 Seiten

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Seite 159 - I have almost forgot the taste of fears : The time has been, my senses would have cool'd To hear a night-shriek; and my fell of hair Would at a dismal treatise rouse and stir As life were in't: I have supp'd full with horrors; Direness, familiar to my slaughterous thoughts, Cannot once start me.
Seite 112 - As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.
Seite 36 - how these rascals use me ; they will not let my play run, and yet they steal my thunder ! " In Cibber's Lives of the Poets, another ludicrous anecdote of Dennis is related.
Seite 180 - Brutes find out where their talents lie : A bear will not attempt to fly ; A founder'd horse will oft debate Before he tries a five-barr'd gate ; A dog by instinct turns aside, Who sees the ditch too deep and wide ; But man we find the only creature Who, led by folly, combats Nature ; Who, when she loudly cries, ' Forbear/ With obstinacy fixes there ; And where his genius least inclines, Absurdly bends his whole designs..
Seite 20 - Puff. Gad ! now you put me in mind on't, I believe there is — but that's of no consequence — all that can be said is, that two people happened to hit on the same thought— and Shakespeare made use of it first, that's alL Sneer.
Seite 138 - His command of imagery is wide, easy, and luxuriant. He threw the soul of harmony into our verse, and made it more warmly, tenderly, and magnificently descriptive than it ever was before, or, with a few exceptions, than it has ever been since.
Seite 181 - ... fortiori, they were entitled to publish the melodies which form a part. Again, it is said that the present publication is adapted for dancing only, and that some degree of art is needed for the purpose of so adapting it, and that but a small part of the merit belongs to the original composer. That is a nice question. It is a nice question what shall be deemed such a modification of an original work as shall absorb the merit of the original in the new composition. No doubt such a modification...
Seite 84 - The marshalling of coat-armour, which was formerly the pride and study of all the best families in the kingdom, is now greatly disregarded ; and has fallen into the hands of certain officers and attendants upon this court, called heralds, who consider it only as a matter of lucre and not of justice: whereby such falsity and confusion have crept into their records, (which ought to be the standing evidence of families...
Seite 181 - ... transferring it from one instrument to another, does not, even to common apprehensions, alter the original subject. The ear tells you that it is the same. The original air requires the aid of genius for its construction, but a mere mechanic in music can make the adaptation or accompaniment. Substantially, the piracy is, where the appropriated music, though adapted to a different purpose from that of the original, may still be recognized by the ear. The adding variations makes no difference in...
Seite 162 - ... across this post was placed a transverse beam, turning on a swivel, with a chair at one end of it, in which, when the culprit was properly placed, that end was turned to the pond, and let down into the water.

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