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Page 424 - the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it. And there shall be no night there, and they need no candle, neither light of' the sun ; for the Lord God giveth them light, and they shall reign for ever and ever. And he said
Page 371 - more favoured moments. But all the faculties of Burns' mind were, as far as I could judge, equally vigorous; and his predilection for poetry, was rather the result of his own enthusiastic and impassioned temper, than of a genius exclusively adapted to that species of composition. From his
Page 281 - and wish myself tall enough to be a soldier; while the story of Wallace poured a Scottish prejudice into my veins, which will boil along there, till the flood-gates of life shut in eternal rest.' That Burns was eminently possessed of genius,—" that power which consitutes a poet; that quality without which judgment is cold, and knowledge is inert; that energy which collects, combines, amplifies, and
Page 47 - duty, is, that, in the one case, we consider what we shall gain or lose in the present world ; in the other case, we consider also what we shall gain or lose in the world to come." If, however, what I have said be just, it will follow, as a
Page 130 - and always by the grace of novelty in the manner, even when the subject has been nearly exhausted by others. Dr. Johnson observes that " Dryden may be properly considered as the father of English criticism, as the writer who first taught us to determine upon principles the merit of
Page 280 - I made an excellent English scholar; and by the time I was ten or eleven years of age, I was a critic in substantives, verbs, and particles.. In my infant and boyish days too, I owed much to an old woman who resided in the family, remarkable for
Page 371 - I should have pronounced him to be fitted to excel in whatever walk of ambition he had chosen to exert his abilities. " Among the subjects on which he was accustomed to dwell, the characters of the individuals with whom he happened to
Page 377 - 1 The appellation of a Scottish bard, is by far my highest pride ; to continue to deserve it is my most exalted ambition. Scottish scenes and Scottish story are the themes I could wish to sing. I have no dearer aim than to have it in my power,
Page 130 - this praise, we shall add that eminent biographer's remarks on the chief of these productions : " The Dialogue on the Drama was one of his first essays of criticism, written when he was yet a timorous candidate for reputation, and therefore laboured with that diligence which he might allow himself somewhat to remit,
Page 380 - mitigates the woes, or increases the happiness of others, this is ray criterion of goodness; and whatever injures society at large, or any individual in it, this is my measure of iniquity. In Vol. III. arc contained the author's poetical productions, •which were mentioned at considerable length in the M.

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