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Examples of Dwindle
And tho' he should be so Happy as never to smile at a _Prophane Jest_, nor join in Applauding a _Vitious_ Play; yet, will that exempt him from a Share of that _Guilt_ which his Presence and Purse has help'd to support?
If a Man talks to them of leaving the Plays, they wonder what he means, and are ready to take him for a Madman.
When I see painful Professors of Greek, poring in their sumptuous Oxfords over dead _Greek_ for a thousand years or more, and leaving live _English_ all the while to develop itself under charge of Pickwicks and Sam Wellers, as if it were nothing and the other were all things: this, and the like of it everywhere, fills me with reflections!
Certainly could one generation of men be forced to live without rhetoric, babblement, hearsay, in short with the tongue well cut out of them altogether,-their fortunate successors would find a most improved world to start upon!
Then Dan O'Connell arose with his emancipation and repale cries, and then instead of Orange processions and walkings, there were Papist processions and mobs, which made me afraid to stir out, lest knowing me for an Orange fiddler, they should break my head, as the boys broke my leg at Donnybrook fair.
But nothing lasts under the sun, as your hanner knows; Orangeism began to go down; the Government scowled at it, and at last passed a law preventing the Protestant boys dressing up the figure on the first of July, and walking round it.