Macaulay: A Lecture Delivered at Cambridge, on August 10, 1900, in Connection with the Summer Meeting of University Extension Students

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University Press, 1900 - 59 pages
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Page 35 - Death is there associated, not, as in Westminster Abbey and St Paul's, with genius and virtue, with public veneration and with imperishable renown; not, as in our humblest churches and churchyards, with everything that is most endearing in social and domestic charities; but with whatever is darkest in human nature and in human destiny, with the savage triumph of implacable enemies, with the inconstancy, the ingratitude, the cowardice of friends, with all the miseries of fallen greatness and of blighted...
Page 49 - There the historian of the Roman Empire thought of the days when Cicero pleaded the cause of Sicily against Verres, and when, before a senate which still retained some show of freedom, Tacitus thundered against the oppressor of Africa.
Page 36 - Your neighbor, who has his reading, and his little stock of literature stowed away in his mind, shall detect more points, allusions, happy touches, indicating not only the prodigious memory and vast learning of this master, but the wonderful industry, the honest, humble previous toil of this great scholar. He reads twenty books to write a sentence ; he travels a hundred miles to make a line of description.
Page 28 - The clergy were regarded as, on the whole, a plebeian class. And, indeed, for one who made the figure of a gentleman, ten were mere menial servants.
Page 35 - History;— and, glimmering below the stream of the narrative, as it were, you, an average reader, see one, two, three, a half-score of allusions to other historic facts, characters, literature, poetry, with which you are acquainted.
Page 59 - Macaulay only as a writer, we now know him also as a man. Macaulay 's was a nature of rare sweetness, purity, and strength. He was affectionate and unselfish ; a devoted son, and that under severe trials ; a devoted brother, full of affection, and at need, of self-sacrifice, towards all his kindred. He was free from envy, and from literary vanity. He patiently bore the insolence of people who were among his most regular pensioners. ' That wretched K.' he writes, ' has sent a scurrilous begging-letter...
Page 57 - The case with me is directly the reverse. I have a strong and acute enjoyment of works of the imagination, but I have never habituated myself to dissect them. Perhaps I enjoy them the more keenly for that very reason. Such books as Lessing's " Laocoon,"* such passages as the criticism on " Hamlet " in " Wilhelm Meister," fill me with wonder and despair.
Page 7 - ... and of emolument following upon it, comes near to Macaulay. But Tennyson was laboriously cultivating his gifts for many years before he acquired a position in the eye of the nation. Macaulay, fresh from college in 1825, astonished the world by his brilliant and most imposing essay on Milton. Fullorbed, he was seen above the horizon; and full-orbed after thirtyfive years of constantly emitted splendor, he sank beneath it.
Page 1 - There came up a short manly figure, marvellously upright, with a bad neckcloth, and one hand in his waistcoat pocket. Of regular beauty he had little to boast ; but in faces where there is an expression of great power, or of great good humor, or both, you do not regret its absence.
Page 54 - Macaulay's style ; the external characteristic being a hard metallic movement with nothing of the soft play of life, and the internal characteristic being a perpetual semblance of hitting the right nail on the head without the reality.

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