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Page 258 - And surely, in some of the finest passages, this cannot be so ; for example, when he makes it one trait of the heaven-born hero that he, if called upon to face some mighty day of trial— " To which Heaven has joined Great issues, good or bad, for human kind— Is happy as a lover, and attired AVith sudden brightness, like a man inspired
Page 296 - The blessing of my later years Was with me when I was a boy : She gave me hopes, she gave me fears, A heart the fountain of sweet tears, And love, and thought, and joy.
Page 147 - Whatever Time, or the heedless hand of blind Chance, hath drawn down from of old to this present in her huge drag-net, whether fish, or seaweed, shells or shrubs, unpicked, unchosen, these are the Fathers." Milton's Tract Of Prelatical Episcopacy, published in 1641.—M. markable only for weight, old rusty hinges, nails, crooked skewers stolen when the cook had turned her
Page 421 - visitant, in the jolly hall Of country squire ; or at the statelier board Of duke or earl, from scenes of courtly pomp Withdrawn, to while away the summer hours In condescension amongst rural guests. With these high comrades he had revelled long, By hopes of coming patronage beguiled, Till the heart
Page 423 - gathered round the slowly moving train. * Whence do they come ? and with what errand charged ? Belong they to the fortune-telling tribe Who pitch their tents under the greenwood tree ? Or Strollers are they, furnished to enact Fair Rosamond and the Children of the Wood ? When the next village hears the show announced By blast of trumpet
Page 353 - A certain music, never known before, Here lull'd the pensive, melancholy mind ; Full easily obtained. Behoves no more But sidelong to the gently-waving wind To lay the well-tuned instrument reclined, From which, with airy flying fingers light, Beyond each mortal touch the most refined ; The god of winds drew sounds of deep delight ; Whence, with just cause, the Harp of JMus it
Page 424 - Such was the tenor of their lives ; such the separate character of their manners and dispositions ; and, with unusual quietness of course, both were sailing placidly to their final haven. Death had not visited their happy mansion through a space of forty years—" sparing both old and young in that abode.
Page 423 - still By notice indirect or blunt demand From traveller halting in his own despite, A simple curiosity to ease : Of which adventures, that beguiled and cheered Their grave migration, the good pair would tell With undiminished glee in hoary age." Meantime the lady of the house embellished it with feminine skill ; and the homely pastor—for such he had now become
Page 406 - departures from the idiom of the English, than any other translation whatever that we possess." So much for the scholarship ; whilst he rightly notices, in proof of the translator's taste and discretion, that " from the received version she very seldom unnecessarily deviates" : thus refusing to disturb what was, generally speaking, so excellent and
Page 187 - No more appreciable monument could be raised to the memory of Coleridge than a republication of his essays in the " Morning Post," and afterwards in the " Courier." And here, by the way, it may be mentioned that the sagacity of Coleridge, as applied to the signs of the times, is illustrated by

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