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الصفحة 117 - It was at Rome, on the 15th of October 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter,* that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind.
الصفحة 35 - Full little knowest thou, that hast not tried, What hell it is in suing long to bide: To lose good days, that might be better spent; To waste long nights in pensive discontent; To speed today, to be put back tomorrow; To feed on hope, to pine with fear and sorrow; To have thy prince's grace, yet want her peers...
الصفحة 126 - When the emperor Decius persecuted the Christians, seven noble youths of Ephesus concealed themselves in a spacious cavern in the side of an adjacent mountain ; where they were doomed to perish by the tyrant, who gave orders that the entrance should be firmly secured with a pile of huge stones.
الصفحة 103 - I'm resolv'd to search for thee; The search itself rewards the pains. So, though the chymic his great secret miss (For neither it in art or nature is), Yet things well worth his toil he gains: And does his charge and labour pay With good unsought experiments by the way.
الصفحة 31 - For my name and memory, I leave it to men's charitable speeches, and to foreign nations, and to the next age.
الصفحة 16 - Of such a collector,' says he, * as soon as I enter his house, I am ready to faint on the staircase, from a strong smell of Morocco leather : in vain he shows me fine editions, gold leaves, Etruscan bindings, &c., naming them one after another, as if he were showing a gallery of pictures!
الصفحة 70 - Tower, and to settle the nation on a new foundation; so he took this province to himself, to show the madness of this proposition, the injustice of it, and the mischiefs that would follow on it, and did it with such clearness and strength of reason as not only satisfied all sober persons, for it may be supposed that was soon done, but...
الصفحة 172 - And why may we not reasonably suppose that those whose speech naturally runs into the notes peculiar to any of these moods are likewise, in nature, hereunto congenerous ? C, fa, ut may show me to be of an ordinary capacity, though good disposition.
الصفحة 127 - ... years. At the end of that time the slaves of Adolius, to whom the inheritance of the mountain had descended, removed the stones, to supply materials for some rustic edifice. The light of the sun darted into the cavern, and the Seven Sleepers were permitted to awake...