Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres

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Charles Daly, 1839 - English language - 679 pages
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Page 44 - In shape and gesture proudly eminent, Stood like a tower : his form had not yet lost All her original brightness, nor appear'd Less than archangel ruin'd, and the excess Of glory obscur'd : as when the sun, new risen. Looks through the horizontal misty air, Shorn of his beams; or, from behind the moon, He, above the rest,
Page 33 - upon men, fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake. Then a spirit passed before iny face ; the hair of my flesh stood up : It stood still ; but I could not discern the form thereof; an image was before mine eyes ; there was
Page 376 - Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats ?'—Thus doth he expostulate severely with them, after the most graceful manner of the Eastern poetry. The issue of which is a plain and full resolution of the case, in those few words of the text,
Page 193 - Observe, for instance, what an inconsistent group of objects is brought together by Shakespeare, in the following passage of the Tempest ; speaking of persons recovering their judgment after the enchantment, which held them, was dissolved : - The charm dissolves apace, And as the. morning steals upon the night. Melting the darkness, so their rising senses
Page 376 - them to me ; so that, as it follows, ' If I were hungry, yet would I not tell thee ; for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.' But can ye be so gross and senseless as to think me liable to hunger and thirst? as to imagine that wants of
Page 194 - sometimes fall into this error of mixing metaphors. It is surprising how the following inaccuracy should have escaped Mr. Addison in his letter from Italy : I bridle in my struggling muse with pain. That longs to launch into a bolder strain.* The muse, figured as a horse, may be bridled; but when we speak of
Page 213 - of God ; I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man
Page 213 - made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms ? that made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof? that opened not the house of his prisoners ? All the kings of the nations, even all of them lie in glory, every one in his own house. But thou art cast out of thy grave, like an abominable branch : and as the
Page 40 - shall be laid." There is a passage in the Psalms, which deserves to be mentioned under this head ; " God," says the Psalmist, " stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumults of the people." The joining together two such grand objects as the ragings of the waters and the tumults of the people, between which there is
Page 212 - O thou sword of the Lord ! how long will it be ere thou be quiet ! put thyself up into the scabbard, rest and be still ! How can it be quiet, seeing the Lord hath given it a charge against Ashkelon, and against the sea-shore ? there he hath appointed

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