Progressive Exercises in English Composition

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Robert S. Davis & Company, 1864 - English language - 143 pages
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Page 92 - ... poetry, have a kindly influence on the body as well as the mind ; and not only serve to clear and brighten the imagination, but are able to disperse grief and melancholy, and to set the animal spirits in pleasing and agreeable motions. For this reason Sir Francis Bacon, in his Essay upon Health, has not thought it improper to prescribe to his reader a poem or a prospect, where he particularly dissuades him from knotty and subtle disquisitions, and advises him to pursue studies that fill the mind...
Page 41 - I AM monarch of all I survey, My right there is none to dispute ; From the centre all round to the sea I am lord of the fowl and the brute. 0 Solitude ! where are the charms That sages have seen in thy face ? Better dwell in the midst of alarms Than reign in this horrible place.
Page 42 - OH for a lodge in some vast wilderness, Some boundless contiguity of shade, Where rumour of oppression and deceit, Of unsuccessful or successful war, Might never reach me more.
Page 85 - Avoid equivocal or ambiguous words. The following sentences are exceptionable in this respect. " As for such animals as are mortal or noxious, we have a right to destroy them.
Page 87 - Custom, habit. — Custom, respects the action ; habit, the actor. By custom, we mean the frequent repetition of the same act; by habit, the effect which that repetition produces on the mind or body. By the custom of walking often in the streets, one acquires a habit of idleness.
Page 76 - God is not a man that he should lie; nor the son of man, that he should repent...
Page 97 - A man should endeavour, therefore, to make the sphere of his innocent pleasures as wide as possible, that he may retire into them with safety, and find in them such a satisfaction as a wise man would not blush to take.
Page 92 - This kind of wit," says an author, " was very much in vogue among our countrymen, about an age or two ago ; who did not practise it for any oblique reason, but purely for the sake of being witty." We are at no loss about the meaning here ; but the construction would evidently be mended by disposing the circumstance,
Page 88 - It is just to say, thai a man is too proud to be vain. Haughtiness, disdain. — Haughtiness is founded on the high opinion we entertain of ourselves ; disdain, on the low opinion we have of others.
Page 42 - Epitaph Here rests his head upon the lap of Earth A Youth, to Fortune and to Fame unknown; Fair Science frown'd not on his humble birth, And Melancholy mark'd him for her own.

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