Or maybe they had different opinions of what was good. We say, in a regatta or yacht-race, that if the boats are anywhere nearly matched, it is the man that wins. The water-laws, arctic frost, the mountain, the mine, only shatter cockneyism; every noble activity makes room for itself. Hezekiah Woodward wrote a book against the Lord's Prayer. If the English race were as mutable as the French, what reliance? Nature held counsel with herself and said, ' My Romans are gone.
The Saxon works after liking, or only for himself; and to set him at work and to begin to draw his monstrous values out of barren Britain, all dishonor, fret and barrier must be removed, and then his energies begin to play. That ugly flaw in the plates at the bottom of page 230 has been fixed here, and there were some corrections to the text. Guizot; and the altered position of the man as an illustrious exile and a guest in the country, makes no difference to him, as it would instantly to an American. But the invitation was repeated and pressed at a moment of more leisure and when I was a little spent by some unusual studies. Here in England every day a chapter of Genesis, and a leader in the Times. Plain rich clothes, plain rich equipage, plain rich finish throughout their house and belongings mark the English truth.
Housed in a cloth chemise and a half brown morocco slipcase with gilt lettering on the spine. The popular press is flagitious in the exact measure of its sanctimony, and the religion of the day is a theatrical Sinai, where the thunders are supplied by the property-man. And at one time the Danish King Canute ruled over England, Denmark and Norway. They think humanely on the affairs of France, of Turkey, of Poland, of Hungary, of Schleswig Holstein, though overborne by the statecraft of the rulers at last. His paper on Architecture, published in 1843, announced in advance the leading thoughts of Mr.
The ruling passion of Englishmen in these days is a terror of humbug. Carter on the front endpaper. And though, I doubt not, the nobles are of both tribes, and the workers of both, yet we are forced to use the names a little mythically, one to represent the worker and the other the enjoyer. He prefers the Venus to everything else, and, after that, the head of Alexander, in the gallery here. In Parliament, in pulpits, in theatres, when the speakers rise to thought and passion, the language becomes idiomatic; the people in the street best understand the best words. They have made and make it day by day.
In an aristocratical country like England, not the Trial by Jury, but the dinner, is the capital institution. A great mind is a good sailor, as a great heart is. Every nation has yielded some good wit, if, as has chanced to many tribes, only one. The confinement, cold, motion, noise and odor are not to be dispensed with. Emerson's observations on England, based in part on his visits there in 1833 and 1847.
At last, you take your hint from the fury of life you find, and say, one thing is plain, this is no country for fainthearted people: don't creep about diffidently; make up your mind; take your own course, and you shall find respect and furtherance. In Parliament they have hit on that capital invention of freedom, a constitutional opposition. A testator endows a dog or a rookery, and Europe cannot interfere with his absurdity. About this Item: Uppsala; Esaias Edquist, 1875. If there be one test of national genius universally accepted, it is success; and if there be one successful country in the universe for the last millennium, that country is England.
Drawing on his experiences there as well as his wide reading in British history, he set forth in English Traits his view of the English as a nation. The American is only the continuation of the English genius into new conditions, more or less propitious. A people that sets out to make others slaves, is hardly kind-hearted, but ill-bred. They secure the essentials in their diet, in their arts and manufactures. They are testy and headstrong through an excess of will and bias; churlish as men sometimes please to be who do not forget a debt, who ask no favors and who will do what they like with their own. The binding is tight, and the boards are crisp with light wear to the spine and edges.
They apply themselves to agriculture, to draining, to resisting encroachments of sea, wind, travelling sands, cold and wet sub-soil; to fishery, to manufacture of indispensable staples, — salt, plumbago, leather, wool, glass, pottery and brick, — to bees and silkworms; — and by their steady combinations they succeed. A manufacturer sits down to dinner in a suit of clothes which was wool on a sheep's back at sunrise. After that, you talk with a box-turtle. He sticks to his traditions and usages, and, so help him God! There were three outbreaks over a 21 years span. All the admirable expedients or means hit upon in England must be looked at as growths or irresistible offshoots of the expanding mind of the race. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1860. Whatsoever he doth, swarving from this work, he doth as deficient from the nature of man: and, if he do aught beyond this, by breaking out into divers sorts of exterior actions, he findeth, nevertheless, in this linked sequel of simple discourses, the art, the cause, the rule, the bounds and the model of it.