Lectures on Art, and Poems

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Baker and Scribner, 1850 - History - 396 pages
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Page 170 - It is a hard matter for a man to lie all over Nature having provided king's evidence in almost every member. The hand will sometimes act as a vane, to show which way the wind blows, when every feature is set the other way ; the knees smite together and sound the alarm of fear under a fierce countenance ; the legs shake with anger, when all above is calm.* 18.
Page 169 - Devil's heartiest laugh is at a detracting witticism. Hence the phrase "devilish good" has sometimes a literal meaning. 9. The most intangible, and therefore the worst, kind of lie is a half truth. This is the peculiar device of a conscientious detractor. 10. Reverence is an ennobling sentiment; it is felt to be degrading only by the vulgar mind, which would escape the sense of its own littleness by elevating itself into an antagonist of what is above it. He that has no pleasure in looking up is...
Page 206 - When thou hast mark'd the dusky bed, With leaves and water-rust o'erspread, That seem'd an amber light to shed On all was shadow'd there ; " And thence, as by its murmur call'd. The current traced to where it brawl'd Beneath the noontide ray ; And there beheld the...
Page 205 - Or heard from branch of flowering thorn The song of friendly cuckoo warn The tardy-moving swain ; Hast bid the purple swallow hail ; And seen him now through ether sail, Now sweeping downward o'er the vale, And skimming now the plain ; " Then, catching with a sudden glance The bright and silver-clear expanse Of some broad river's stream, Beheld the boats adown it glide, And motion wind again the tide, Where, chain'd in ice by winter's pride, Late roll'd the heavy team :
Page 206 - Twas I to these the magick gave, That made thy heart, a willing slave, To gentle Nature bend; And taught thee how with tree and flower, And whispering gale, and dropping shower, In converse sweet to pass the hour, As with an early friend...
Page 173 - Fame does not depend on the will of any man, but Reputation may be given or taken away. Fame is the sympathy of kindred intellects, and sympathy is not a subject of willing; while Reputation, having its source in the popular voice, is a sentence which may either be uttered or suppressed at pleasure. Reputation, being essentially contemporaneous, is always at the mercy of the envious and the ignorant; but Fame, whose very birth is posthumous, and which is only known to exist by the echo of its footsteps...
Page 273 - How vast, how dread, o'erwhelming, is the thought Of space interminable ! to the soul A circling weight that crushes into naught Her mighty faculties ! a wondrous whole, Without or parts, beginning, or an end ! How fearful, then, on...
Page 262 - I am lost," said the fiend, and he shook like a leaf; When, casting his eyes to the ground, He saw the lost pupils of Ellen with grief In the jaws of a mouse, and the sly little thief Whisk away from his sight with a bound. "I am lost...
Page 255 - Like a sailor she seem'd on a desolate shore, With nor house, nor a tree, nor a sound but the roar Of breakers high dashing around. From object to object still, still would she veer, Though nothing, alas, could she find; Like the moon, without atmosphere, brilliant and clear, Yet doom'd, like the moon, with no being to cheer The bright barren waste of her mind.
Page 256 - said the languishing maid ; "Ah, what with that frame can he do?" And she knelt to the Goddess of Secrets and prayed, When the youth passed again, and again he displayed The frame and a picture to view. " O beautiful picture ! " the fair Ellen cried, "I must see thee again or I die.

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