An Essay on the Study of Antiquities..

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D. Prince, and J. Cooke; J. and J. Fletcher; also by P. Elmsly, B. White, T. Payne, and Son; London., 1782 - Antiquities - 142 pages
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Page 40 - So many grateful altars I would rear Of grassy turf, and pile up every stone Of lustre from the brook, in memory Or monument to ages : and thereon Offer...
Page 42 - They looking back, all th' eastern side beheld Of paradise, so late their happy seat, Wav'd over by that flaming brand, the gate With dreadful faces throng'd, and fiery arms : Some natural tears they dropt ; but wip'd them soon.
Page 115 - Perhaps it was for mankind a lucky mistake (for it was a mistake) which Mr. Locke made when he called his book, An Essay on Human Understanding. For some part of the inestimable benefit of that book has, merely on account of its title, reached to many thousands more than, I fear, it would have done, had he called it (what it is merely) A Grammatical Essay, or a Treatise on Words, or on Language.
Page 51 - For a father afflicted with untimely mourning, when he hath made an image of his child soon taken away, now honoured him as a god, which was then a dead man, and delivered to those that were under him ceremonies and sacrifices.
Page 82 - She heard me thus, and though divinely brought, Yet innocence and virgin modefty, Her virtue and the confcience of her worth, That would be woo'd, and not unfought be won, Not obvious, not obtrufive, but retir'd, The more defirable...
Page 10 - The lonians added to its original simplicity an elegance which has excited the universal admiration of posterity. The .Corinthians, a rich and luxurious people, not contented with former improvements, extended the art to the very verge of vicious refinement ; and thus (so connected in their origin are the arts, so similar in their progress and revolutions) the same genius produced those three characters of style in architecture which Dionysius of Halicarnassus, one of the most judicious critics of...
Page 120 - Possessed of thee, the meanest genius grows deserving, and has a just demand for a portion of our esteem. Devoid of thee, the brightest of our kind lie lost and useless, and are but poorly distinguished from the most despicable and base. When we inhabited...
Page 43 - OF Man's firft difobedience, and the fruit Of that forbidden tree, whofe mortal tafte Brought death into the world, and all our woe. With lofs of Eden, till one greater Man Reftore us, and regain the blifsful feat, 5 Sing, heav'nly Mufe, that on the fecret top Of Oreb, or of Sinai, didft infpire That fhepherd, who firft taught the chofen feed...
Page 11 - Corinthians gave their architecture that appearance of delicacy and effeminate refinement, which characterizes the language of Isocrates. But the lonians struck out that happy line of beauty, which, partaking of the simplicity of the one without its harshness, and of the elegance of the other without its luxuriance, exhibited that perfection of style, which is adjudged to their great poet and his best imitators. Such an art among such a people could not but produce the most exquisite models of beauty...
Page 123 - ... heroes ; the godlike list of philosophers and legislators ; the forms of virtuous and equal polities, where private welfare is made the same with public ; where crowds themselves prove disinterested and brave, and virtue is made a national and popular characteristic.

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