The letters of Horace Walpole, fourth earl of Orford

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Clarendon press, 1903
 

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第 456 頁 - ... the outside, their officers with drawn sabres and crape sashes on horseback, the drums muffled, the fifes, bells tolling, and minute guns, — all this was very solemn. But the charm was the entrance of the abbey, where we were received by the dean and chapter in rich robes, the choir and almsmen bearing torches ; the whole abbey so illuminated, that one saw it to greater advantage than by day ; the tombs, long aisles, and fretted roof, all appearing distinctly, and with the happiest chiaroscuro....
第 456 頁 - Attending the funeral of a father could not be pleasant : his leg extremely bad, yet forced to stand upon it near two hours ; his face bloated and distorted with his late paralytic stroke, which has affected, too, one of his...
第 457 頁 - Archbishop hovering over him with a smellingbottle ; but in two minutes his curiosity got the better of his hypocrisy, and he ran about the chapel with his glass to spy who was or was not there— spying with one hand, and mopping his eyes with the other. Then returned the fear of catching cold ; and the Duke of Cumberland, who was sinking with heat, felt himself weighed down, and turning round, found it was the Duke of Newcastle standing upon his train, to avoid the chill of the marble.
第 456 頁 - Seventh, all solemnity and decorum ceased ; no order was observed, people sat or stood where they could or would; the yeomen of the guard were crying out for help, oppressed by the immense weight of the coffin ; the bishop read sadly, and blundered in the prayers ; the fine chapter, Man that is born of a woman, was chanted, not read ; and the anthem, besides being immeasurably tedious, would have served as well for a nuptial.
第 211 頁 - The soul's dark cottage, batter'd and decay'd, Lets in new light through chinks that time has made. Stronger by weakness, wiser men become, As they draw near to their eternal home : Leaving the old, both worlds at once they view, That stand upon the threshold of the new.
第 330 頁 - Indeed," says Horace Walpole, in his lively style, " one is forced to ask every " morning what victory there is, for fear of missing " one !
第 456 頁 - Prince's chamber, hung with purple, and a quantity of silver lamps, the coffin under a canopy of purple velvet, and six vast chandeliers of silver on high stands, had a very good effect. The Ambassador from Tripoli and his son were carried to see that chamber. The procession, through a line of footguards, every seventh man bearing a torch, the horseguards lining the outside, their officers with drawn sabres and crape sashes on horseback, the drums muffled, the fifes, bells tolling, and minute-guns,—...
第 355 頁 - How should I? I who have always lived in the big busy world ; who lie a-bed all the morning, calling it morning as long as you please; who sup in company; who have played at...
第 457 頁 - ... the vault, where the coffin lay, attended by mourners with lights. Clavering, the groom of the bedchamber, refused to sit up with the body, and was dismissed by the king's order. I have nothing more to tell you but a trifle — a very trifle. The king of Prussia has totally defeated marshal Daun. This, which would have been prodigious news a month ago is nothing today ; it only takes its turn among the questions, " Who is to be groom of the bedchamber? What is Sir T. Robinson to have?
第 426 頁 - In recompense he has built two baby forts, to pay his country in castles for the damage done to the navy, and planted a handful of Scotch firs, that look like ploughboys dressed in old family liveries for a public day. In the hall is a very good collection of pictures, all animals ; the refectory, now the great drawing-room, is full of Byrons; the vaulted roof remaining, but the windows have new dresses making for them by a Venetian tailor.

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