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This is a little rough to read, it is 18th century British Lit after all, but it is well worth the effort. Pope is an amazing talent that few other poets have surpassed.
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Addison admirable ancient appears Aristotle Bard beauty Belinda Boileau Book Canto censure character critic Dryden Dunciad Eclogues edition epic Epistle Essay Euripides ev'n ev'ry excellent eyes fair fame fate flow'rs genius give grace groves heav'n Homer honour Horace Iliad IMITATIONS judgment language lays learned Letters lines living Lock Lord Lord Halifax Lord Lansdown Lucretius Lycidas Milton mind Muse nature never NOTES numbers nymph o'er observations Ovid painted Paradise Lost passage Pastorals piece Pindar plain pleas'd poem poet poetical poetry Pope Pope's pow'r praise Quintilian Racine REMARKS rise rules sacred satire says scene sense shade Shakspeare shew shine sing skies Sophocles soul species Spenser spirit Sylphs taste Thalestris Thames thee Theocritus thing thou thought tion tragedy translation trembling true Umbriel VARIATIONS verse Vida Virg Virgil Voltaire words write written wrote
Page 216 - HAPPY the man, whose wish and care A few paternal acres bound, Content to breathe his native air, In his own ground. Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread, Whose flocks supply him with attire, Whose trees in summer yield him shade, In winter fire.
Page 228 - To tire our patience, than mislead our sense. Some few in that, but numbers err in this, Ten censure wrong for one who writes amiss; A fool might once himself alone expose, Now one in verse makes many more in prose. 'Tis with our judgments as our watches, none Go just alike, yet each believes his own.
Page 376 - Now Jove suspends his golden scales in air, Weighs the men's wits against the lady's hair; The doubtful beam long nods from side to side; At length the wits mount up, the hairs subside. See fierce Belinda on the baron flies, With more than usual lightning in her eyes: Nor fear'd the chief th' unequal fight to try, Who sought no more than on his foe to die.
Page 277 - The sound must seem an echo to the sense. Soft is the strain when Zephyr gently blows, And the smooth stream in smoother numbers flows; But when loud surges lash the sounding shore, The hoarse, rough verse should like the torrent roar. When Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to throw, The line too labours, and the words move slow; Not so, when swift Camilla scours the plain, Flies o'er th' unbending corn, and skims along the main.
Page 270 - Words are like leaves; and where they most abound, Much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found...
Page 238 - First follow Nature, and your judgment frame By her just standard, which is still the same...
Page 344 - Now awful beauty puts on all its arms ; The fair each moment rises in her charms, Repairs her smiles, awakens every grace, And calls forth all the wonders of her face : Sees by degrees a purer blush arise, And keener lightnings quicken in her eyes.
Page 219 - Hark! they whisper; Angels say, Sister Spirit, come away. What is this absorbs me quite? Steals my senses, shuts my sight, Drowns my spirits, draws my breath?
Page 220 - VITAL spark of heavenly flame! Quit, O quit this mortal frame ! Trembling, hoping, lingering, flying, O, the pain, the bliss of dying ! Cease, fond nature, cease thy strife, And let me languish into life! Hark! they whisper; angels say, Sister spirit, come away!
Page 152 - The rocks proclaim th' approaching Deity. Lo, Earth receives him from the bending skies! Sink down, ye mountains! and ye valleys, rise! With heads declined, ye cedars, homage pay! Be smooth, ye rocks! ye rapid floods, give way! The Saviour comes! by ancient bards foretold: Hear him, ye deaf! and all ye blind, behold! He from thick films shall purge the visual ray, And on the sightless eyeball pour the day: Tis he th...