A Selection from the Writings of Henry R. Cleveland: With a Memoir

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Freeman and Bolles, 1844 - American essays - 384 pages
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Page 106 - ... nature, without the strength of nerve which forms a hero, sinks beneath a burden which it cannot bear and must not cast away. All duties are holy for him; the present is too hard. Impossibilities have been required of him ; not in themselves impossibilities, but such for him. He winds, and turns, and torments himself; he advances and recoils ; is ever put in mind, ever puts himself in mind ; at last does all but lose his purpose from his thoughts ; yet still without recovering his peace of mind.
Page 326 - Before all temples the upright heart and pure, Instruct me, for thou know'st; thou from the first Wast present, and, with mighty wings outspread, Dove-like, sat'st brooding on the vast abyss, And mad'st it pregnant: what in me is dark Illumine; what is low, raise and support; That to the height of this great argument I may assert eternal Providence, And justify the ways of God to men.
Page 105 - There is an oak-tree planted in a costly jar, which should have borne only pleasant flowers in its bosom; the roots expand, the jar is shivered. A lovely, pure, noble and most moral nature, without the strength of nerve which forms a hero, sinks beneath a burden which it cannot bear and must not cast away.
Page 29 - ... consists in nothing but the attempt to give perfection to the human race. It is thus an image of human nature itself; endowed with a miserable foresight and bound down to a narrow existence, without an ally and with nothing' to oppose to the combined and inexorable powers of nature, but an unshaken will, and the consciousness of elevated claims.
Page 265 - Over the hill and over the dale, And he went over the plain, And backward and forward he switched his long tail As a gentleman switches his cane.
Page 2 - My wish has been to lead the young student to read the poem, not in the spirit of a school-boy conning a dull lesson to be " construed " and " parsed " and forgotten when the hour of recitation is at an end, but in the delightful consciousness that he is employing his mind upon one of the noblest monuments of the genius of man. Whatever his conclusions may be, as to the...
Page 216 - The Faerie Queen was received with a burst of general welcome. It became "the delight of every accomplished gentleman, the model of every poet, the solace of every soldier.
Page 217 - For the rest, his obsolete language, and the ill choice of his stanza, are faults but of the second magnitude ; for, notwithstanding the first, he is still intelligible, at least after a little practice; and for the last, he is the more to be admired, that, labouring under such a difficulty, his verses are so numerous, so various, and so harmonious, that only Virgil, whom he professedly imitated, has surpassed him among the Romans, and only Mr. Waller among the English.
Page 11 - ... the world. Four stupendous structures of fine marble in one group — the solemn cathedral, in the general parallelogram of its form resembling an ancient temple, which unites and simplifies the arched divisions of its exterior — the...
Page 6 - No modern sculptor, according to the opinions of the best judges, has imbibed more thoroughly the spirit of grace and beauty which belongs preeminently to ancient art. His mind may be said to have been cast in a Grecian mould...

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