The Life of Richard Bentley: With an Account of His Writings and Anecdotes of Many Distinguished Characters During the Period in which He Flourished, Volume 2

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J. G. & F. Rivington, 1833 - 2 pages

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Page 314 - A cloudy spot. Down thither prone in flight He speeds, and through the vast Ethereal Sky Sails between worlds and worlds, with steady wing Now on the polar winds, then with quick Fan Winnows the buxom Air ; till within soar Of Tow'ring Eagles, to all the Fowls he seems A Phoenix, gaz'd by all.
Page 378 - Milton's strong pinion now not Heav'n can bound, Now, serpent-like, in prose he sweeps the ground. In quibbles Angel and Archangel join, And God the Father turns a School-divine. Not that I'd lop the beauties from his book, Like slashing Bentley with his desp'rate hook; Or damn all Shakespeare, like th' affected fool At Court, who hates whate'er he read at School.
Page 174 - All sciences, all arts his spoil, Yet what reward, or what renown? Envy, innate in vulgar souls, Envy steps in and stops his rise; Envy with poison'd tarnish fouls His lustre, and his worth decries. He lives inglorious or in want, To college and old books confin'd; Instead of learn'd, he's call'd pedant, Dunces advanc'd, he's left behind: Yet left content, a genuine Stoick he, Great without patron, rich without South Sea.
Page 378 - Commas and points they set exactly right, And 'twere a sin to rob them of their mite.
Page 10 - The Candidates must be BD or DD and the Day of Examination is the eighth after the Vacancy. This Professorship, founded by Henry VIII. 1540, is endowed with the living of Somersham, Hunts, value \000.
Page 320 - But with such gardening tools as art, yet rude, Guiltless of fire, had form'd, or angels brought.
Page 174 - I shall here insert them, and hope my readers will apply them. "Who strives to mount Parnassus' hill, And thence ppetick laurels bring, Must first acquire due force and skill, Must fly with swan's or eagle's wing. Who Nature's treasures would explore, Her mysteries and arcana know ; Must high as lofty Newton soar, j\Just stoop as delving Woodward low.
Page 92 - A True Account of the present state of Trinity College in Cambridge under the oppressive government of their master, Richard Bentley, late DD' In his subsequent attack on Bentley's proposals for an edition of the New Testament, Middleton was less successful.
Page 405 - Where Bentley late tempestuous wont to sport In troubled waters, but now sleeps in port.
Page 405 - Milton's prose, O Charles, thy death defend? A furious foe unconscious proves a friend. On Milton's verse does Bentley comment? — Know A weak officious friend becomes a foe. While he but sought his Author's fame to further, The murderous critic has aveng'd thy murder.

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