The Life and Correspondence of John Foster, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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Wiley & Putnam, 1846
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Page 33 - Tis the divinity that stirs within us ; 'Tis heaven itself that points out an hereafter, And intimates eternity to man. Eternity ! thou pleasing dreadful thought ! Through what variety of untried being, Through what new scenes and changes must we pass ? The wide, th' unbounded prospect lies before me ; But shadows, clouds, and darkness rest upon it.
Page 241 - L'homme n'est qu'un roseau le plus faible de la nature, mais c'est un roseau pensant. Il ne faut pas que l'univers entier s'arme pour l'écraser. Une vapeur, une goutte d'eau, suffit pour le tuer. Mais quand l'univers l'écraserait, l'homme serait encore plus noble que ce qui le tue, parce qu'il sait qu'il meurt; et l'avantage que l'univers a sur lui, l'univers n'en sait rien.
Page 33 - And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer...
Page 312 - Stories from the Italian Poets : Being a Summary in Prose of the Poems of Dante, Pulci, Boiardo, Ariosto, and Tasso ; with Comments throughout, occasional passages Versified, and Critical Notices of the Lives and Genius of the Authors. By LEIGH HUNT.
Page 86 - ... midnight melancholy. Oh, the expectation of living here, and living thus, always, would be indeed a prospect of overwhelming despair ! But thanks to that fatal decree that dooms us to die ! — thanks to that gospel which opens the vision of an endless life ! — and thanks, above all, to that Saviourfriend, who has promised to conduct all the faithful through the sacred trance of death, into scenes of paradise and everlasting delight ! Forster.
Page 5 - Thus, full of restless thoughts, wishes, and passions, on subjects that interested none of his acquaintance, it can excite no surprise that his weaving was often performed very indifferently, and that the master-manufacturer by whom he was employed was continually resolving that he would take no more of it. When Foster brought his piece into the ' taking-in-room,' as it is commonly called, he would turn his head aside, and submit with unequivocal repugnance to the ordeal of inspection.
Page 71 - Guilt is the source of sorrow ! 'tis the fiend, The avenging fiend, that follows us behind, With whips and stings. The blest know none of this, But rest in everlasting peace of mind, And find the height of all their heaven is goodness.
Page 113 - African buffalo — sees rightforward, but nothing on the right hand or the left. He would not perceive a legion of angels or of devils at the distance of ten yards on the one side or the other.
Page 127 - Than aught in love the like of us can spy. See yon twa elms that grow up side by side : Suppose them some years syne bridegroom and bride ; Nearer and nearer ilka year they've prest, Till wide their spreading branches are increas'd, And in their mixture now are fully blest: This shields the other frae the eastlin blast, That in return defends it frae the wast.
Page 126 - One object of life should be to accumulate a great number of grand questions to be asked and resolved in eternity. We now ask the sage, the genius, the philosopher, the divine, — none can tell ; but we will open our series to other respondents, — we will ask angels — God.

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