Some advice to the people; be not conceited [&c.] a poem

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Page 36 - I am aware that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice.
Page 54 - GOD ALMIGHTY first planted a Garden. And indeed it is the purest of human pleasures. It is the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man...
Page 38 - Is our race but the initial of the grand crowning type? Are there yet to be species superior to us in organization, purer in feeling, more powerful in device and act, and who shall take a rule over us! There is in this nothing improbable on other grounds. The present race, rude and impulsive as it is, is perhaps the best adapted to the present state of things in the world; but the external world...
Page 61 - I am subordinate to those that do. So you may find a lawyer in the Temple that gets little for the present, but he is fitting himself to be in time one of those great ones that do get. 6. Alteration of religion is dangerous...
Page 54 - God Almighty first planted a garden; and, indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures. It is the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man; without which buildings and palaces are but gross...
Page viii - When, indeed, the smallest rights of the poorest people in the kingdom are in question, I would set my face against any act of pride and power countenanced by the highest that are in it ; and if it should come to the last extremity, and to a contest of blood, God forbid ! God forbid !—my part is taken ; I would take my fate with the poor, and low and feeble.
Page 68 - It seems to me that people are not enough aware of the monstrous state of society, absolutely without a parallel in the history of the world, — with a population poor, miserable, and degraded in body and mind, as much as if they were slaves, and yet called freemen, and having a power as such of concerting and combining plans of risings, which makes them ten times more dangerous than slaves. And the hopes entertained by many of the effects to be wrought by new churches and schools, while the social...
Page 35 - In all times the Princes in England have done something illegal to get Money: but then came a Parliament and all was well; the People and the Prince kissed and were Friends, and so things were quiet for a while. Afterwards there was another Trick found out to get Money, and after they had got it, another Parliament was called to set all right, &c. But now they have so out-run the Constable...
Page 36 - Indeed, bitter and earnest writing must not hastily be condemned ; for men cannot contend coldly, and without affection, about things which they hold dear and precious.
Page 72 - Relieve the oppressed, hear the groans of poor prisoners in England. Be pleased to reform the abuses of all professions : — and if there be any one that makes many poor to make a few rich,' that suits not a Commonwealth.

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