The British Controversialist, and Literary Magazine

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General Books LLC, 2010 - 408 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872. Excerpt: ... in f SIE JOHN DAVIES. Author of " Orchestra," "Nosce Teipsum," Sfc. "Sir John Davies, a highly philosophical poet of the Elizabethan age."--Sir William Hamilton. "Philosophical poems are usually a failure.... Among ourselves, perhaps, the moat successful attempt, in a species of composition which even the lofty powers of Lucretius could not make popular, is the " Nosee Teipsum; or, the Soul of Man and the Immortality thereof," by Sir John Davies... The argument is not obsolete. It abounds in beautiful images; and the versification is in general delightfully harmonious."--Dr. James Hamilton. The Bev. Alexander Balloch Grosarfc, the eloquent and well-beloved pastor of the United Presbyterian congregation of St. George's, in Blackburn, Lancashire, has printed in his "Fuller Worthies' Library" for private circulation, for the first time'collected and edited, "the complete poems of Sir John Davies." That ardent and hearty book-lover and industrious searcher after the choice treasures of the olden time which the rich literature of England contains, but of which traces and evidences are, at least, beginning to be lost, also at one time proposed to gather together and issue the prose works of this "good poet and exact philosopher." We notice, with regret, in a recently-circulated fly-sheet that from " the pressure of other claims and the strain of overwork," some of the precious anticipations of book-lovers must remain unrealized, as the results of the pressure and strain mentioned include " postponement, at least, of the prose of Sir John Davies." This is all the more matter of sorrow to the bibliophile, the student of English literature, and the thoughtful seeker after a knowle dge of the political and literary history of the last of the Tudors and the first of...

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