By being 'present
in a subject' I do not mean present
as parts are present
in a whole, but being incapable of existence apart from the said subject.
At the end of the present
lecture I shall examine the grounds in its favour.
These views, grounded as they are on the perfectly well-ascertained occurrence of a former Glacial period, seem to me to explain in so satisfactory a manner the present
distribution of the Alpine and Arctic productions of Europe and America, that when in other regions we find the same species on distant mountain-summits, we may almost conclude without other evidence, that a colder climate permitted their former migration across the low intervening tracts, since become too warm for their existence.
The splendid costumes of those at the three tables made a gorgeous and glittering display that no one present
was ever likely to forget; perhaps there has never been in any part of the world at any time another assemblage of such wonderful people as that which gathered this evening to honor the birthday of the Ruler of Oz.
In the present
book, it should perhaps be added, the word Literature is generally interpreted in the strict sense, as including only writing of permanent significance and beauty.
For in the mere act of penning my thoughts of this Leviathan, they weary me, and make me faint with their out-reaching comprehensiveness of sweep, as if to include the whole circle of the sciences, and all the generations of whales, and men, and mastodons, past, present
, and to come, with all the revolving panoramas of empire on earth, and throughout the whole universe, not excluding its suburbs.
And if, as I said, it was necessary that the people of Israel should be captive so as to make manifest the ability of Moses; that the Persians should be oppressed by the Medes so as to discover the greatness of the soul of Cyrus; and that the Athenians should be dispersed to illustrate the capabilities of Theseus: then at the present
time, in order to discover the virtue of an Italian spirit, it was necessary that Italy should be reduced to the extremity that she is now in, that she should be more enslaved than the Hebrews, more oppressed than the Persians, more scattered than the Athenians; without head, without order, beaten, despoiled, torn, overrun; and to have endured every kind of desolation.
"And they do say," the Chancellor went on sheepishly--looking much more like a convicted thief than an Officer of State, "that a change of Government, by the abolition of the Sub-Warden I mean," he hastily added, on seeing the Warden's look of astonishment, "the abolition of the office of Sub-Warden, and giving the present
holder the right to act as Vice-Warden whenever the Warden is absent --would appease all this seedling discontent I mean," he added, glancing at a paper he held in his hand, "all this seething discontent!"
Everything honourable and soothing, every present
enjoyment, and every future hope was contained in it; and her acceptance, with only the saving clause of Papa and Mamma's approbation, was eagerly given.
Vanbrugh and Congreve copied nature; but they who copy them draw as unlike the present
age as Hogarth would do if he was to paint a rout or a drum in the dresses of Titian and of Vandyke.
I had my hair cut off and sold because I couldn't have lived through Christmas without giving you a present
. It'll grow out again--you won't mind, will you?
Our goods were no sooner landed than we were surrounded with a crowd of officers, all gaping for presents
; we were forced to gratify their avarice by opening our bales, and distributing among them some pieces of calico.