Cursory Remarks on Some of the Ancient English Poets: Particularly Milton

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Priv. print., 1789 - English poetry - 146 pages
 

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Page 55 - O could I flow like thee ! and make thy stream My great example, as it is my theme ; Though deep yet clear, though gentle yet not dull ; Strong without rage, without o'erflowing full.
Page 144 - Thus with the year Seasons return, but not to me returns Day, or the sweet approach of even or morn, Or sight of vernal bloom, or summer's rose, Or flocks, or herds, or human face divine ; But cloud instead, and ever-during dark Surrounds me, from the cheerful ways of men Cut off, and for the book of knowledge fair Presented with a universal blank Of Nature's works to me expunged and rased, And wisdom at one entrance quite shut out.
Page 129 - Dire was the tossing, deep the groans : Despair Tended the sick, busiest from couch to couch ; And over them triumphant Death his dart Shook, but delay'd to strike, though oft invoked With vows, as their chief good, and final hope.
Page 6 - How oft, when press'd to marriage, have I said, Curse on all laws but those which love has made! Love, free as air, at sight of human ties, Spreads his light wings, and in a moment flies...
Page 115 - It will not, however, be found to have contributed much to the construction of Milton's poem. The subjects they severally exhibit are very different: they are alike only, as shewn under the same disposition of melancholy. Beaumont's is the melancholy of the swain; of the mind, that contemplates nature and man, but in the grove and the cottage. Milton's is that of the scholar and philosopher; of the intellect, that has ranged the mazes of science; and that decides upon vanity and happiness, from large...
Page 64 - Let the rich ore forthwith be melted down, And the state fixed by making him a crown ; With ermine clad and purple, let him hold A royal sceptre, made of Spanish gold.
Page 51 - Myself now scarce I find myself to be, And think no fable Circe's tyranny, And all the tales are told of changed Jove : Virtue hath taught with her philosophy My mind unto a better course to move: Reason may chide her full, and oft reprove Affection's power ; but what is that to me, Who ever think, and never think on aught But that bright cherubim which thralls my thought...
Page 52 - O trait'rous hopes, which do our judgments blind ! Lo, in a flash that light is gone away, Which dazzle did each eye, delight each mind, And with that sun, from whence it came, combin'd, Now makes more radiant heaven's eternal day.
Page 47 - improvements" of Drummond's poetry may help account for his eighteenth-century reputation, which was greater than that of most other Elizabethans. Philip Neve, for example, using Phillips' text — and silently adding a few "improvements" of his own! — praised the poet highly: "His thoughts are often, nay generally, bold and highly poetical; he follows nature; and his verses are delicately harmonious" (Cursory Kr marks on Some of the Ancient English Poets, 1789, p.
Page 46 - ... a civil war, he retired again ; and in this retirement he is supposed to have written his history of the five James's, successively kings of Scotland, which was not published till after his death. Having been grafted as it were on the royal family of Scotland, he was steadily attached to Charles I., but does not appear ever to have armed for him. As he had always been a laborious student, and had applied himself to history and politics, as well as to classica\ learning, his services were better...

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