The Four Ages; Together with Essays on Various Subjects
Cadell and Davies, 1798 - Aesthetics, British - 454 pages
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Page 272 - A poet, blest beyond the poet's fate, Whom Heaven kept sacred from the Proud and Great : Foe to loud praise, and friend to learned ease, Content with science in the vale of peace. Calmly he look'd on either life ; and here Saw nothing to regret, or there to fear ; From Nature's temperate feast rose satisfied, Thank'd Heaven that he had liv'd, and that he died.
Page 146 - He had scarcely recovered this shock (for it was a great one to him). when he heard Abel on the viol-di-gamba. The violin was hung on the willow. Abel's viol-di-gamba was purchased, and the house resounded with melodious thirds and fifths from 'morn to dewy eve!
Page 32 - On the third we passed between Dover and Calais, and before night came in sight of the Isle of Wight. The next day, being the day in which the prince was both born and married, he fancied, if he could land that day, it would look auspicious to the army, 788 and animate the soldiers.
Page 273 - Of manners gentle, of affections mild ; In wit, a man ; simplicity, a child ; With native humour tempering virtuous rage, Form'd to delight at once and lash the age : Above temptation in a low estate, And uncorrupted, ev'n among the great : A safe companion and an easy friend, Unblam'd through life, lamented in thy end...
Page 148 - The next time I saw Gainsborough it was in the character of King David. He had heard a harper at Bath : the performer was soon left harpless ; and now Fischer, Abel, and Giardini, were all forgotten, — there was nothing like chords and arpeggios ! He really stuck to the harp long enough to play several airs with variations, and, in a little time, would nearly have exhausted all the pieces usually performed on an instrument...
Page 118 - ... or congruity, thereby to make up pleasant pictures and agreeable visions in the fancy; judgment, on the contrary, lies quite on the other side, in separating carefully, one from another, ideas, wherein can be found the least difference, thereby to avoid being misled by similitude, and by affinity to take one thing for another. This is a way of proceeding quite contrary to metaphor and allusion, wherein for the most part lies that entertainment and pleasantry of wit which strikes so lively on...
Page 224 - ... appearing in the club. There could be little doubt before, but now nothing could be more certain, than the reality of the apparition, which had been seen by so many persons together.
Page 263 - Fix'd to one side, but moderate to the rest: An honest courtier, yet a patriot too, Just to his prince, and to his country true, Fill'd with the sense of age, the fire of youth, A scorn of wrangling, yet a zeal for truth; A generous faith, from superstition free; A love to peace, and hate of tyranny; Such this man was; who now, from earth remov'd, At length enjoys that liberty he lov'd.
Page 262 - Whoe'er offends, at fome unlucky time Slides into verfe, and hitches in a rhyme, Sacred to Ridicule his whole life long, And the fad burthen of fome merry fong.
Page 272 - Content with Science in the Vale of Peace, Calmly he look'd on either Life, and here Saw nothing to regret, or there to fear; From Nature's temperate feaft rofe fatisfy'd, Thank'd Heaven that he had liv'd, and that he dy'd. XI. On Mr. GAY. In Weftminfter- Abbey, 173».