The British Essayists; with Prefaces, Historical and Biographical,: The Spectator
E. Sargeant, and M. & W. Ward; and Munroe, Francis & Parker, and Edward Cotton, Boston., 1810 - English essays
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Page 246 - Through optic glass the Tuscan artist views At evening from the top of Fesole Or in Valdarno, to descry new lands, Rivers, or mountains, in her spotty globe. His spear, to equal which the tallest pine, Hewn on Norwegian hills to be the mast Of some great ammiral, were but a wand...
Page 246 - He scarce had ceased, when the superior fiend Was moving toward the shore ; his ponderous shield, Ethereal temper, massy, large, and round, Behind him cast ; the broad circumference Hung on his shoulders like the moon, whose orb Through optic glass the Tuscan artist views At evening from the top of Fesole Or in Valdarno, to descry new lands, Rivers, or mountains, in her spotty globe.
Page 248 - Thrice he assay'd, and thrice, in spite of scorn, Tears, such as Angels weep, burst forth: at last Words, interwove with sighs, found out their way.
Page 251 - Anon, out of the earth a fabric huge Rose like an exhalation, with the sound Of dulcet symphonies and voices sweet, Built like a temple...
Page 133 - For joy of offer'd peace: but I suppose, If our proposals once again were heard, We should compel them to a quick result.
Page 250 - Though without number still, amidst the hall Of that infernal court. But far within, And in their own dimensions like themselves, The great seraphic lords and cherubim In close recess and secret conclave sat, A thousand demigods on golden seats, Frequent and full.
Page 218 - Milton's sentiments and ideas were so wonderfully sublime, that it would have been impossible for him to have represented them in their full strength and beauty, without having recourse to these foreign assistances. Our language sunk under him, and was unequal to that greatness of soul which furnished him with such glorious conceptions.
Page 284 - Man, about this time To be created like to us, though less In power and excellence, but favour'd more Of him who rules above ; so was his will Pronounced among the gods, and by an oath, That shook Heaven's whole circumference, confirm'd.
Page 247 - His sentiments are every way answerable to his character, and suitable to a created being of the most exalted and most depraved nature. Such is that in which he takes possession of his place of torments : -Hail horrors ! hail Infernal world ! and thou profoundest hell Receive thy new possessor, one who brings A mind not to be chang"d by place or time. And afterwards : , Here at least We shall be free ! th...
Page 247 - What matter where, if I be still the same, And what I should be, all but less than he Whom thunder hath made greater? here at least We shall be free ; th...