The Works of Samuel Johnson: The Rambler

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W. Pickering, London; and Talboys and Wheeler, Oxford, 1825
 

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The unhappiness of marriage caused by irregular motives of choice
87
The danger of ranging from one study to another The importance
93
The folly and inconvenience of affectation
99
An allegory on wit and learning
109
The necessity of attending to the duties of common life The na
117
NUMB PAGE 26 The mischief of extravagance and misery of dependence
127
An authors treatment from six patrons
132
The various arts of selfdelusion
136
The folly of anticipating misfortunes
142
The observance of Sunday recommended an allegory
146
The defence of a known mistake highly culpable
150
The vanity of stoicism The necessity of patience
156
An allegorical history of Rest and Labour
161
The uneasiness and disgust of female cowardice
165
A marriage of prudence without affection
171
The reasons why pastorals delight
176
The true principles of pastoral poetry
180
The advantages of mediocrity an eastern fable
185
The unhappiness of women whether single or married
190
The difficulty of giving advice without offending
194
The advantages of memory
199
The misery of a modish lady in solitude
204
The inconveniencies of precipitation and confidence
208
Religion and Superstition a vision
213
The causes of disagreement in marriage
218
The mischiefs of rural faction
222
The proper means of regulating sorrow
227
The miseries of an infirm constitution
231
A disquisition upon the value of fame
235
A virtuous old age always reverenced
240
The employments of a housewife in the country
244
The contemplation of the calamities of others a remedy for grief
250
The folly and misery of a spendthrift
254
A deathbed the true school of wisdom The effects of death upon the survivors
258
The gay widows impatience of the growth of her daughter The his tory of miss Maypole
263
The necessity of complaisance The Ramblers grief for offending his correspondents
268
Sententious rules of frugality
273
The desire of wealth moderated by philosophy
277
An account of Suspirius the human screechowl
281
Every man chiefly happy or miserable at home The opinion of ser vants not to be despised
322
The miseries and prejudice of old age
326
abandoned
330
No man believes that his own life will be short
334
The necessity of good humour
338
The lingering expectation of an heir
342
Peevishness equally wretched and offensive The character of Tetrica
347
The world never known but by a change of fortune The history of Melissa
352
The arts by which bad men are reconciled to themselves
357
The learned seldom despised but when they deserve contempt
361
The power of novelty Mortality too familiar to raise apprehensions
366
A suspicious man justly suspected
370
a winter scene
375
The great rule of action Debts of justice to be distinguished from debts of charity
381
The virtuosos account of his rarities
383
The virtuosos curiosity justified
388
A young ladys impatience of control
393
The mischiefs of total idleness
398
an introduction to a criti cism on Miltons versification
402
The reasons why advice is generally ineffectual
408
A criticism on Miltons versification Elisions dangerous in English poetry
412
The luxury of vain imagination
417
The pauses in English poetry adjusted
421
The conduct of Patronage an allegory
426
The accommodation of sound to the sense often chimerical
431
The prejudices and caprices of criticism
438
An inquiry how far Milton has accommodated the sound to the sense
442
The history of Pertinax the skeptick
449
Truth Falsehood and Fiction an allegory
453
Advice to unmarried ladies
458
The necessity of cultivating politeness
464
The pleasures of private friendship The necessity of similar disposi tions
468
Modish pleasures
472
A proper audience necessary to a wit
476
The voyage of life
484
The prevalence of curiosity The character of Nugaculus
486
The original of flattery The meanness of venal praise
491
a dream
495

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Strana 427 - Soft is the strain when Zephyr gently blows, And the smooth stream in smoother numbers flows ; But when loud surges lash the sounding shore, The hoarse, rough verse should like the torrent roar.
Strana 433 - At once on the eastern cliff of Paradise He lights, and to his proper shape returns A seraph wing'd : six wings he wore, to shade His lineaments divine : the pair that clad Each shoulder broad came mantling o'er his breast With regal ornament ; the middle pair Girt like a starry zone his waist, and round Skirted his loins and thighs with downy gold And colours dipp'd in heaven ; the third his feet Shadow'd from either heel with feather'd mail, Sky-tinctured grain.
Strana 369 - Whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, even so do unto them ; for this is the law and the prophets.
Strana 301 - ... and he was on the point of lying down in resignation to his fate, when he beheld through the brambles the glimmer of a taper. He advanced towards the light, and finding that it proceeded from the cottage of a hermit, he called humbly at the door, and obtained admission. The old man set before him such provisions as he had collected for himself, on which Obidah fed with eagerness and gratitude. When the repast was over, " Tell me," said the hermit, " by what chance thou hast been brought hither...
Strana ix - I have often thought that there has rarely passed a life of which a judicious and faithful narrative would not be useful. For not only every man has, in the mighty mass of the world, great numbers in the same condition with himself, to whom his mistakes and miscarriages, escapes and expedients, would be of immediate and apparent use ; but there is such an uniformity in the state of man, considered apart from adventitious and separable decorations and disguises, that there is scarce any possibility...
Strana 13 - THB works of fiction, with which the present generation seems more particularly delighted, are such as exhibit life in its true state, diversified only by accidents that daily happen in the world, and influenced by passions and qualities which are really to be found in conversing with mankind.
Strana 403 - To heaven removed where first it grew, there grows, And flowers aloft shading the fount of life, And where the river of bliss through midst of heaven Rolls o'er Elysian flowers her amber stream...
Strana 432 - His praise, ye Winds, that from four quarters blow, Breathe soft or loud ; and, wave your tops, ye Pines, With every plant, in sign of worship wave. Fountains, and ye that warble, as ye flow, Melodious murmurs, warbling tune his praise.
Strana 281 - There are indeed, some natural reasons why these narratives are often written by such as were not likely to give much instruction or delight, and why most accounts of particular persons are barren and useless. If a life be delayed till interest and envy are at an end.
Strana 198 - Happy the man - and happy he alone He who can call today his own, He who, secure within, can say 'Tomorrow, do thy worst, for I have...

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