A Manual of English Literature, Historical and Critical: With a N Appendix on English Metres

Longmans, Green, and Company, 1877 - 548 páginas
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Página 194 - 1 Yes, trust them not; for there is an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers, that, with his tiger's heart wrapped in a player's hide, supposes he is as well able to bombast out a blank verse as the best of you ; and being an absolute Johannes factotum, is in his own conceit the
Página 433 - Lo ! the poor Indian, whose untutored mind Sees God in clouds, or hears him in the wind; His soul proud science never taught to stray Far as the solar walk or milky way; Yet simple nature to his hope has given, Behind the cloud-topp'd hill, an humbler heaven; Some safer world in depth of woods embraced,
Página 458 - Or leave a kiss but in the cup, And I'll not ask for wine. The thirst that from the soul doth rise Doth ask a drink divine; But might I of Jove's nectar sup, I would not change for thine. I sent thee late a rosy wreath, Not so much honouring thce,
Página 448 - to rear the tender thought, To teach the young idea how to shoot, To pour the fresh instruction o'er the mind, To breathe the enlivening spirit, and to fix The generous purpose in the glowing breast. The lines on the robin, in Winter, are in Thomson's best manner :— The fowls of heaven.
Página 435 - rival monarchs give the fatal wound ? Or hostile millions press him to the ground ? His fall was destined to a barren strand, A petty fortress, and a dubious hand ; He left the name, at which the world grew pale, To point a moral, or adorn a tale. Satirical
Página 439 - blushing, veils her sacred fires, And unawares Morality expires. Nor public flame nor private dares to shine : Nor human spark is left, nor glimpse divine ! Lo I thy dread empire, Chaos ! is restored; Light dies before thy uncreating word : Thy hand, great Anarch ! lets the curtain fall; And universal darkness buries all. (2.)
Página 458 - The exquisite lines which follow occur in Measure for Measure :— Take, 0 take those lips away. That so sweetly were forsworn, And those eyes, the break of day, Lights that do mislead the morn ; But my kisses bring again, Bring again— Seals of love, but sealed in vain, Sealed in vain ! song.
Página 449 - chariot stood Unstain'd with hostile blood; The trumpet spake not to the armed throng; And kings sat still with awful eye, As if they surely knew their sovereign Lord was by. The discomfiture and flight of the Heathen divinities upon the advent of the Redeemer, and the silence of the oracles, are then
Página 447 - that to us no thing, no place is strange, While his fair bosom is the world's exchange. 0 might I flow like thee, and make thy stream My great, example, as it is my theme ! Though deep, yet clear, though gentle, yet not dull, Strong without rage, without o'erflowing full.
Página 441 - Stiff in opinions, always in the wrong, Was everything by fits, and nothing long; But, in the course of one revolving moon, Was chemist, fiddler, statesman, and buffoon; Then all for women, painting, rhyming, drinking, Besides ten thousand freaks that died in thinking. Blest madman, who could every hour employ With something new to wish or to enjoy 1

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