Gaieties and Gravities: A Series of Essays, Comic Tales, and Fugitive Vagaries. Now First Collected, Volume 1

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H. Colburn, 1825 - English essays - 699 pages

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Page 136 - own image in the water, and so sailing along in the moonlight to the accompaniment of its own music, we may realize Coleridge's " Hidden brook In the leafy month of June, That to the sleeping woods all night Singeth a quiet tune.
Page 2 - The leprous corpse, touch'd by this spirit tender, Exhales itself in flowers of gentle breath; Like incarnations of the stars when splendour Is changed to fragrance, they illumine death, And mock the merry worm that wakes beneath : Nought we know dies. Shall that alone which knows, Be as a sword consumed before the sheath By sightless lightning?
Page 216 - kist her lips ^ With such a clamorous smack, that at the parting All the church echo'd" to the fond and gentle embrace described by Milton, when Adam, gazing upon our first parent in the delicious bowers of Eden—
Page 95 - Hail, bounteous May ! that dost inspire Mirth, and youth, and warm desire : Woods and groves are of thy dressing, Hill and dale doth
Page 140 - Yellow and bright, as bullion unalloy'd . . •.,, Her blossoms; and luxuriant above all The jasmine, throwing wide her elegant sweets, The deep dark-green of whose unvarnish'd leaf Makes more conspicuous^ and illumines more The bright profusion of her scatter'd stars.
Page 263 - Palestine, where, as the use of horses was prohibited, the Ass was the royal beast, whose covering was cloth of gold, whose housings were studded with the carbuncle and the pearl, and whose provender was showered down into royal mangers. Deborah, addressing her song to the rulers of Israel, exclaims—" Speak, ye that ride on white Asses, ye that sit in judgment.
Page 89 - it is clothed:—nay then, thou shalt have something as gorgeous and modern as thy heart could wish, if thou wilt but read Darwin's Invocation to the same month. " Born in yon blaze of orient sky, Sweet May! thy radiant form unfold, Unclose thy blue voluptuous eye, And wave thy shadowy locks of gold.
Page 137 - Having mentioned the name of Bacon, let us not omit to record his assertion, that " when ages grow to civility and elegancy, men come to build stately, sooner than to garden finely; as if gardening were the greater perfection :" a remark no less honourable to the noble science of horticulture, than historically accordant with fact. Our own pre-eminence at the present moment may be adduced in confirmation; and

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