The Works of Edmund Burke, Volume 1

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C. C. Little & J. Brown, 1839 - Great Britain
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Page 106 - air Shorn of hi* beams ; or from behind the moon In dim eclipse disastrous twilight sheds On half the nations ; and with fear of change Perplexes monarchs. Here is a very noble picture; and in what does this poetical picture consist
Page 86 - THE SUBLIME. Whatever is fitted in any sort to excite the ideas of pain and danger, that is to say, whatever is in any sort terrible, or is conversant about terrible objects, or operates in a manner analogous to terror, is a source of the sublime; that is, it is productive of the strongest emotion which the mind is
Page 107 - visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, fear came upon me and trembling, which made all my bones to shake. Then a spirit passed before my face. The
Page 495 - hate the very sound of them. Leave the Americans as they anciently stood, and these distinctions, born of our unhappy contest, will die along with it. They and we, and their and our ancestors, have been happy under that system. Let the memory of all actions, in contradiction to that good old mode, on both sides,
Page 102 - SECTION II. TERROR. No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.f For fear being an apprehension of pain or death, it operates in a manner that resembles actual pain. Whatever therefore is terrible, with regard to sight, is sublime too, whether this cause of
Page 451 - No ! but the payment of half twenty shillings, on the principle it was demanded, would have made him a slave. It is the weight of that preamble, of which you are so fond, and not the weight of the duty, that the Americans are unable and unwilling to bear. It is then, sir, upon the principle of this measure, and
Page 122 - Rise from the ground like feather'd Mercury ; And vaulted with such ease into his seat, As if an angel dropped from the clouds To turn and wind a fiery Pegasus.
Page 108 - hair of my flesh stood up. It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof; an image was before mine eyes ; (here was
Page 122 - midsummer, Wanton as youthful goats, wild as young bulls. I saw young Harry with his beaver on Rise from the ground like feather'd Mercury ; And vaulted with such ease into his seat, As if an angel dropped
Page 106 - yet perhaps there is nothing of which we really understand so little, as of infinity and eternity. We do not any where meet a more sublime description than this justly celebrated one of Milton, wherein he gives the portrait of Satan with a dignity so suitable to the subject: - He above the rest In shape and gesture proudly eminent Stood like a tower; hie form had yet not

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