Catalogue of the pictures in the National portrait gallery

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Página 60 - ON THE COUNTESS OF PEMBROKE UNDERNEATH this sable hearse Lies the subject of all verse: Sidney's sister, Pembroke's mother: Death, ere thou hast slain another Fair, and learned, and good as she, Time shall throw a dart at thee.
Página 20 - He spoke of his works as of trifles that were beneath him; and hinted to me, in our first conversation, that I should visit him upon no other foot than that of a gentleman, who led a life of plainness and simplicity. I answered, that had he been so unfortunate as to be a mere gentleman, I should never have come to see him ; and I was very much disgusted at so unseasonable a piece of vanity.
Página 25 - And Dryden, in immortal strain, Had raised the Table Round again,* But that a ribald King and Court Bade him toil on, to make them sport ; Demanded for their niggard pay, Fit for their souls, a looser lay, Licentious satire, song, and play ; The world defrauded of the high design, Profaned the God-given strength, and marr'd the lofty line.
Página 69 - Yet fame deserved, no enemy can grudge; The statesman we abhor, but praise the judge. In Israel's courts ne'er sat an Abethdin With more discerning eyes, or hands more clean; Unbribed, unsought, the wretched to redress, Swift of despatch, and easy of access.
Página 42 - As I cannot get at DD for the want of cash, neither can I get at MA for the want of learning; therefore I am compelled to fly for refuge to SS by which I mean Sinner Saved.
Página 49 - Richart and another servant lifted him up to the pulpit, where he behoved to lean at his first entrie ; but ere he was done with his sermon, he was so active and vigorous, that he was like to ding the pulpit in blads [beat the pulpit to pieces], and fly out of it.
Página 71 - Shakespeare, thy gift, I place before my sight ; With awe, I ask his blessing ere I write ; With reverence look on his majestic face; Proud to be less, but of his godlike race.
Página 22 - ... eldest son of the Bishop of Ely, of both his names, MP for St. Michael's, 1661, and made Secretary to Lord Clarendon, after whose fall he filled a similar office under the Duke of York, till his death in 1672. According to Pepys's " Signs Manual," Wren was mortally wounded in the battle of Solebay.
Página 56 - OF Nelson and the North Sing the glorious day's renown, When to battle fierce came forth All the might of Denmark's crown, And her arms along the deep proudly shone; By each gun the lighted brand In a bold determined hand, And the Prince of all the land Led them on.
Página 83 - THE REALM RAISED THIS MONUMENT TO JAMES WATT, WHO, DIRECTING THE FORCE OF AN. ORIGINAL GENIUS, EARLY EXERCISED IN PHILOSOPHIC RESEARCH, TO THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE...

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