David Gray: And Other Essays, Chiefly on Poetry (Google eBook)

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S. Low, son, and Marston, 1868 - Poetics - 318 pages
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Page 24 - And that which should accompany old age, As honour, love, obedience, troops of friends, I must not look to have ; but, in their stead, Curses, not loud but deep, mouth-honour, breath, Which the poor heart would fain deny, and dare not.
Page 25 - Here she was wont to go ! and here ! and here ! Just where those daisies, pinks, and violets grow : The world may find the Spring by following her ; For other print her airy steps ne'er left : Her treading would not bend a blade of grass, Or shake the downy blow-ball from his stalk ! But like the soft west-wind she shot along, And where she went the flowers took thickest root, As she had sowed them with her odorous foot...
Page 40 - Yet if we could scorn Hate, and pride, and fear: If we were things born Not to shed a tear, I know not how thy joy we ever should come near. Better than all measures Of delightful sound, Better than all treasures That in books are found, Thy skill to poet were, thou scorner of the ground! Teach me half the gladness That thy brain must know, Such harmonious madness From my lips would flow, The world should listen then, as I am listening now.
Page 43 - To interrupt, sidelong he works his way. As when a ship by skilful steersman wrought, Nigh river's mouth or foreland, where the wind Veers oft, as oft so steers, and shifts her sail, So varied he, and of his tortuous train Curled many a wanton wreath in sight of Eve, To lure her eye...
Page 321 - Finds comfort in himself and in his cause; And, while the mortal mist is gathering, draws His breath in confidence of Heaven's applause : This is the happy Warrior; this is He That every Man in arms should wish to be.
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Page 29 - For I have learned To look on Nature, not as in the hour Of thoughtless youth; but hearing oftentimes The still sad music of Humanity! Not harsh, nor grating, though of ample power To chasten and subdue! And I have felt A Presence that disturbs me with the joy Of elevated thoughts! a sense sublime Of something far more deeply interfused; Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns, And the round ocean, and the living air, And the blue sky, and in the mind of Man...
Page 30 - When, as becomes a man who would prepare For such an arduous work, I through myself Make rigorous inquisition, the report Is often cheering ; for I neither seem To lack that first great gift, the vital soul, Nor general Truths, which are themselves a sort / ' Of Elements and Agents, Under-powers, Subordinate helpers of the living mind...
Page 324 - Daily News. Varia : Readings from Rare Books. Reprinted, by permission, from the Saturday Review^ Spectator^ &c. "The books discussed in this volume are no less valuable than they are rare, and the compiler is entitled to the gratitude of the public. Observer. The Silent Hour : Essays, Original and Selected. By the Author of "The Gentle Life.
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