The British Essayists: Spectator

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Alexander Chalmers
C. and J. Rivington, 1823 - English essays
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Page 75 - sides. Come, and trip it as you go, On the light fantastic toe: And in thy right hand lead with thee The mountain-nymph, sweet Liberty ; And if I give thee honour due, Mirth, admit me of thy crew, To live with her, and live with thee, In unreproved pleasures free. L'ALLEGRO,
Page 332 - And afterwards: -—Here at least We shall be free ! th'Almighty hath not built Here for his envy ; will not drive us hence: Here we may reign secure; and in my choice To reign is worth ambition, though in hell: Better to reign in hell, than serve in heaven. i. 258.
Page 75 - Haste thee nymph, and bring with thee Jest and youthful jollity, Quips, and cranks, and wanton wiles, Nods, and becks, and wreathed smiles, Such as hang on Hebe's cheek, And love to live in dimple sleek; Sport, that wrinkled Care derides, And Laughter
Page 334 - a summer's day; While smooth Adonis from his native rock Ran purple to the sea, supposed with blood Of Thammuz yearly wounded : the love tale Infected Sion's daughters with like heat, Whose wanton passions in the sacred porch Ezekiel saw; when, by the vision led, His eyes survey'd the dark idolatries Of alienated Judah.
Page 336 - The review, which the leader makes of his infernal army: — He through the armed files Darts his experienced eye, and soon traverse The whole battalion views, their order due, Their visages and stature as of gods, Their number last he sums ; and now his heart Distends with pride, and hardening in his strength Glories. — i.
Page 367 - Turning our tortures into horrid arms Against the tort'rer; when, to meet the noise Of his almighty engine, he shall hear Infernal thunder; and, for lightning, see Black fire and horror shot with equal rage Among his angels; and his throne itself Mix'd with Tartarean sulphur, and strange fire, His own invented torments.—
Page 332 - 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 changed by place or time.
Page 245 - Who shall tempt, with wandering feet, The dark, unbottom'd, infinite, abyss, And through the palpable obscure find out His uncouth way, or spread his airy flight, Upborne with indefatigable wings, Over the vast abrupt? ii. 404. — So both ascend In the visions of God.—
Page 370 - a far greater honour to mankind in general, as he gives us a glimpse of them even before they are in being. The rising of this great assembly is described in a very sublime and poetical manner : Their rising all at once was as the sound Of thunder heard remote.—
Page 93 - Tis not enough no harshness gives offence, The sound must seem an echo to the sense. Soft is the strain when Zephyr gently blows, And the smooth stream in smoother number (lows

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