Dauntless, by the author of 'Hands not hearts'. (Google eBook)

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Page 236 - THE day is cold, and dark, and dreary ; It rains, and the wind is never weary ; The vine still clings to the mouldering wall, But at every gust the dead leaves fall, And the day is dark and dreary. My life is cold, and dark, and dreary ; It rains, and the wind is never weary...
Page 164 - The late-past frosts tributes of pleasure bring. Grief melts away Like snow in May, As if there were no such cold thing. Who would have thought my shrivelled heart Could have recovered greenness?
Page 122 - A happy lover who has come To look on her that loves him well, Who 'lights and rings the gateway bell, And learns her gone and far from home...
Page 258 - His principal merit is that of having been the first who uniformly observed the obligations of a strict metrical system.
Page 254 - ... the iambic from Surrey. It might be proved, on the contrary, by a multitude of examples, that he had used it long before Surrey began to write. 1 See No. 9, p. 79. 2 See No. 9, p. 60. The comparison between them on general grounds must unhesitatingly be admitted to be largely in favour of Surrey. He was more impassioned, and had a finer sensibility and a more exact taste. But Wyatt possesses high merits of another kind. His verse is more thoughtful than Surrey's; more compressed and weighty....
Page 74 - Thou faery voyager ! that dost float In such clear water, that thy boat May rather seem To brood on air than on an earthly stream; Suspended in a stream as clear as sky, Where earth and heaven do make one imagery; 0 blessed vision ! happy child ! Thou art so exquisitely wild, 1 think of thee with many fears For what may be thy lot in future years.
Page 104 - Seek not altogether to dry up the stream of sorrow, but to bound it and keep it within its banks. Religion doth not destroy the life of nature, but adds to it a life more excellent; yea, it doth not only permit, but requires some feeling of afflictions. Instead of patience, there is in some men an affected pride of spirit suitable only to the doctrine of the Stoics as it is- usually taken. They...
Page 255 - ... scholar ; and saith, that the extracts he took, and the observations which he made on the books he read, were themselves a treasure of learning, though the originals should happen to be lost. By the death of Jonson his family itself became extinct, the only issue he left being his plays and poems.' If nothing remained of Jonson but his plays, we should arrive at very imperfect and erroneous conclusions upon his personal and poetical character.
Page 260 - ... illustrations by Mr. John La Farge. It contains a careful selection of the best songs, scattered here and there in the plays of the British dramatists, from the Ralph Roister Doister of Nicholas Udall to the School for Scandal of Richard Brinsley Sheridan. As the editor said in his Advertisement, " the want of such a collection has long been felt, and that it has never been supplied before must occasion surprise to all readers who are acquainted with the riches we possess in this branch of poetry.

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