Hogg's weekly instructor [afterw.] Hogg's instructor, Volumes 3-4

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Page 275 - And I thank God that, as far as ambition is concerned, it is, I trust, fully mortified ; I have no desire other than to step back from my present place in the world, and not to rise to a higher. Still there are works which, with God's permission, I would do before the night cometh ; especially that great work,* if I might be permitted to take part in it. But above all, let me mind my own personal work — to keep myself pure and zealous and believing — labouring to do God's will, yet not anxious...
Page 183 - ... ceased. He that at midnight, when the very labourer sleeps securely, should hear, as I have very often, the clear airs, the sweet descants, the natural rising and falling, the doubling and redoubling of her voice, might well be lifted above earth, and say, Lord, what music hast thou provided for the Saints in Heaven, when thou affordest bad men such music on Earth...
Page 114 - I have only to add, that the metre of the Christabel is not, properly speaking, irregular, though it may seem so from its being founded on a new principle: namely, that of counting in each line the accents, not the syllables. Though the latter may vary from seven to twelve, yet in each line the accents will be found to be only four. Nevertheless this occasional variation in number of syllables is not introduced wantonly, or for the mere ends of convenience, but in correspondence with some transition,...
Page 256 - Is it possible that a book, at once so simple and sublime, should be merely the work of man ? Is it possible that the sacred Personage, whose history it contains, should be himself a mere man...
Page 181 - ... much in this point from one another. Now opium, by greatly increasing the activity of the mind, generally increases, of necessity, that particular mode of its activity by which we are able to construct out of the raw material of organic sound an elaborate intellectual pleasure.
Page 180 - tis much less To make our fortune than our happiness : That happiness which great ones often see, With rage and wonder, in a low degree, Themselves unblessed. The poor are only poor; But what are they who droop amid their store ? Nothing is meaner than a wretch of state.
Page 240 - And I, even I Artaxerxes the king, do make a decree to all the treasurers which are beyond the river, that whatsoever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven...
Page 212 - The banquets were set forth, with masks and mummeries, in so gorgeous a sort, and costly manner, that it was a heaven to behold.
Page 229 - During the excitement caused by the sudden death of a public man, cut off in the prime of life, and In the midst of a career of...
Page 140 - Nick, in shape o' beast; A towzie tyke, black, grim, and large, To gie them music was his charge ; He screw'd the pipes and gart them skirl, Till roof and rafters a' did dirL — Coffins stood round, like open presses; That shaw'd the dead in their last dresses;.

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