“An” Essay on the Character of the Welsh as a Nation, in the Present Age

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Simpkin and Marshall, 1841 - 342 pages

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Page 59 - Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates...
Page 87 - By poetry we mean the art of employing words in such a manner as to produce an illusion on the imagination, the art of doing by means of words what the painter does by means of colors.
Page 87 - fine frenzy" which he ascribes to the poet, — a fine frenzy, doubtless, but still a frenzy. Truth, indeed, is essential to poetry; but it is the truth of madness. The reasonings are just, but the premises are false. After the first suppositions have been made, everything ought to be consistent; but those first suppositions require a degree of credulity which almost amounts to a partial and temporary derangement of the intellect.
Page 6 - ... and froze the genial current of the soul. full many a gem of purest ray serene the dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear : full many a flower is born to blush unseen, and waste its sweetness on the desert air.
Page 69 - By thine Agony and bloody Sweat ; by thy Cross and Passion ; by thy precious Death and Burial ; by thy glorious Resurrection and Ascension ; and by the coming of the Holy Ghost, Good Lord, deliver us.
Page 151 - ... a higher end than to be amused. In every community there must be pleasures, relaxations and means of agreeable excitement ; and if innocent ones are not furnished, resort will be had to criminal.
Page 84 - Here lie at rest, In oaken chest, Together pack'd most nicely, The bones and brains, Flesh, blood, and veins, And soul of Doctor Priestley.
Page 109 - The roots, or original characters of the Chinese, (or what, by a species of analogy, may be called its alphabet^) are only 214 in number, and might indeed be reduced to a much smaller amount by a little dissection and analysis. To assert that there are so many thousand characters in the language is very much the same thing as to say that there are so many thousand words in Johnson's dictionary ; nor is a knowledge of the whole...
Page 152 - The laboring classes are most exposed to intemperance, because they have at present few other pleasurable excitements. A man, who, after toil, has resources of blameless [recreation, is less tempted than other men to seek self-oblivion. He has too many of the pleasures of a man, to take up with those of a brute. Thus the encouragement of simple, innocent "enjoyments is an important means of temperance.
Page 151 - In every community there must be pleasures, relaxations, and means of agreeable excitement; and if innocent ones are not furnished, resort will be had to criminal. Man was made to enjoy as well as to labour ; and the state of society should be adapted to this principle of human nature.

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