Lectures on poetry and general literature

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Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman, 1833 - English literature - 394 pages

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Page 220 - one hundred and thirty years; few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers, in the days of their pilgrimage!' " And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh.
Page 145 - TO THE MEMORY OF THOSE WHO FELL IN THE REBELLION OF 174>5. " How sleep the brave, who sink to rest With all their country's wishes blest! When Spring, with dewy fingers cold, Returns to deck their hallow'd mould, She there shall dress a sweeter sod Than Fancy's feet have ever trod.
Page 47 - There is yet a higher strain. In the paragraph just quoted from Dr. Johnson, we are taught, that " whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses, and makes the past, the distant, or the future, predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings.
Page 145 - When Spring, with dewy fingers cold, Returns to deck their hallow'd mould, She there shall dress a sweeter sod Than Fancy's feet have ever trod. " By Fairy-hands their knell is rung; By Forms unseen their dirge is sung ; There Honour comes, a pilgrim gray, To bless the turf that wraps their clay ; And Freedom shall a while repair
Page 244 - his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice vine, he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes: his eye shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk." Here is an hieroglyphic table in three compartments : in the
Page 48 - of invisible depths a hundred, nay, a thousand times their number more, imagination itself sinks under the effort to "find out the Almighty to perfection ;" and still the devout worshipper exclaims, — " Lo ! these are parts of his ways, but how little a portion is heard of them ! for the thunder of his power, who can understand
Page 45 - from my friends, be such frigid philosophy, as may conduct us, indifferent and unmoved, over any ground which has been dignified by wisdom, bravery, or virtue ! That man is little to be envied, whose patriotism would not gain force on
Page 102 - O pale, pale now, those rosy lips, I aft hae kiss'd sae fondly; And closed for aye the sparkling glance, That dwelt on me sae kindly. And mouldering now, in silent dust, That heart that lo'ed me dearly; But still within my bosom's core, Shall live my Highland Mary I
Page 145 - The wretch, condemn'd with life to part, Still, still on hope relies, And every pang that rends his heart Bids expectation rise. " Hope, like the glimmering taper's light, Adorns and cheers his way, And still, as darker grows the night, Emits a brighter ray." GOLDSMITH. Is this poetry ? Every one feels that it is. Is
Page 18 - In brief sententious precepts, while they treat Of fate, and chance, and change in human life, High actions, and high passions best describing: Thence to the famous orators repair, Those ancient, whose resistless eloquence Wielded at will that fierce democratic, Shook the arsenal, and fulmined over Greece To Macedon and Artaxerxes' throne.

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