The elements of English composition (Google eBook)

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Page 168 - the spoils of time, did ne'er unroll; Chill Penury repress'd their noble rage, And froze the genial current of the soul. Full many a gem of purest ray serene The dark unfathom'd caves of ocean bear; Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste its sweetness on the desert air. Gray.
Page 191 - bast cast out the heathen, and planted it. Thou preparedst room before it, and didst cause it to take deep root, and it filled the land. The hills were covered with the shadow of it, and the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedars. Why hast thou then broken down her hedges,
Page 152 - way shall I fly Infinite wrath, and infinite despair ? Which way I fly is Hell: myself am Hell;. And in the lowest deep a lower deep Still threat'ning to devour me opens wide, To which the Hell I suffer seems a Heaven.
Page 165 - cast; the broad circumference Hung on his shoulders like the moon, whose orb Through optic glass the Tuscan artist views At ev'ning from the top of Fesole, Or in Valdarno, to descry new lands, Rivers or mountains, in her spotty globe.
Page 183 - Spectator. The act of setting an edge, and the act of blowing up, bear no analogy to each other. The charm dissolves apace, And as the morning steals upon the night, Melting the darkness, so their rising senses Begin to chase the ignorant fumes that mantle Their clearer reason.
Page 153 - the water ; Whose enmity he flung aside, and breasted The surge most swoln that met him : his bold head 'Bove the contentious waves he kept, and oar'd Himself with his good arms, in lusty strokes To th' shore, that o'er his wave-born basis bow'd, As stooping to
Page 136 - We naturally communicate our joy in the same manner. As when to them who sail Beyond the Cape of Hope, and now are past Mozambic, off at sea north-east winds blow Sabean odour from the spicy shore Of Araby the Blest; with such delay Well pleas'd, they slack their course, and many a league Cheer'd with the grateful smell old Ocean
Page 194 - Wise men ne'er sit and wail their loss, But cheerly seek how to redress their harms. What though the mast be now blown overboard, The cable broke, the holding anchor lost, And half our sailors swallow'd in the flood ? Yet lives our pilot still. Is't meet that he
Page 123 - The next example is of forcible motion prolonged: The waves behind impel the waves before, Wide-rolling, foaming high, and tumbling on the shore—Pope. The last is of rapid motion prolonged: The huge round stone, resulting with a bound, Thunders impetuous down, and smokes along the ground.
Page 163 - attain'd, we tremble to survey The growing labours of the lengthen'd way : Th' increasing prospect tires our wandering eyes ; Hills peep o'er hills, and Alps on Alps arise. Pope. This last comparison, in the opinion of Dr. Johnson, is perhaps the best that English poetry can show;

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