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Bartlett and Miles, 1859 - Authors - 253 pages
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Page 34 - Peace to all such! But were there one whose fires True genius kindles, and fair fame inspires; Blest with each talent and each art to please. And born to write, converse, and live with ease: Should such a man, too fond to rule alone, Bear, like the Turk, no brother near the throne; View him with scornful, yev with jealous eyes.
Page 35 - Like Cato, give his little senate laws, And sit attentive to his own applause; While wits and Templars every sentence raise, And wonder with a foolish face of praise — Who but must laugh, if such a man there be? Who would not weep, if Atticus were he? What though my name stood rubric on the walls, Or plaster'd posts, with claps, in capitals? Or smoking forth, a hundred hawkers...
Page 39 - Fame is the spur that the clear spirit doth raise (That last infirmity of noble mind) To scorn delights and live laborious days; But the fair guerdon when we hope to find, And think to burst out into sudden blaze, Comes the blind Fury with the abhorred shears, And slits the thin-spun life. "But not the praise...
Page 62 - From his broad bosom life and verdure flings. And broods o'er Egypt with his wat'ry wings, If with advent'rous oar and ready sail, The dusky people drive before the gale; Or on frail floats to neighb'ring cities ride, That rise and glitter o'er the ambient tide...
Page 81 - To Contemplation's sober eye Such is the race of Man : And they that creep, and they that fly, Shall end where they began. Alike the Busy and the Gay...
Page 34 - Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer, And without sneering, teach the rest to sneer ; Willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike, Just hint a fault, and hesitate dislike...
Page 73 - Lapithis cratere minantem. 0 fortunatos nimium, sua si bona norint, agricolas ! quibus ipsa procul discordibus armis fundit humo facilem victum iustissima tellus.
Page 37 - This is the road that all heroes have trod before him. He is traduced and abused for his supposed motives. . He will remember that obloquy is a necessary ingredient in the composition of all true glory : he will remember that it was...
Page xvi - Nature denied him much, But gave him at his birth what most he values; A passionate love for music, sculpture, painting, For poetry, the language of the gods, For all things here, or grand or beautiful, A setting sun, a lake among the mountains, The light of an ingenuous countenance, And what transcends them all, a noble action.
Page 194 - a boy in my class at school, who stood always at the top, nor could I with all my efforts supplant him. Day came after day, and still he kept his place, do what I would ; till at length I observed that when a question was asked him, he always fumbled with his fingers at a particular button on the lower part of his waistcoat.

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