Value of the Classics

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Andrew Fleming West
Princeton University Press, 1917 - Classical education - 396 pages
 

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Page 120 - Their van will be upon us Before the bridge goes down; And if they once may win the bridge, What hope to save the town? ' Then out spake brave Horatius, The Captain of the gate : 'To every man upon this earth Death cometh soon or late; And how can man die better Than facing fearful odds, For the ashes of his fathers And the temples of his Gods...
Page 26 - ISLE FORGETS THE MAIN, AND ONLY THE LOW LUTES OF LOVE COMPLAIN, AND ONLY SHADOWS OF WAN LOVERS PINE, AS SUCH AN ONE WERE GLAD TO KNOW THE BRINE SALT ON HIS LIPS, AND THE LARGE AIR AGAIN, SO GLADLY, FROM THE SONGS OF MODERN SPEECH MEN TURN, AND SEE THE STARS, AND FEEL THE FREE SHRILL WIND BEYOND THE CLOSE OF HEAVY FLOWERS AND THROUGH THE MUSIC OF THE LANGUID HOURS THEY HEAR LIKE OCEAN ON A WESTERN BEACH THE SURGE AND THUNDER OF THE ODYSSEY.
Page 26 - Homer ruled as his demesne; Yet did I never breathe its pure serene Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold: Then felt I like some watcher of the skies When a new planet swims into his ken; Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes...
Page 108 - O, reason not the need : our basest beggars Are in the poorest thing superfluous : Allow not nature more than nature needs, Man's life's as cheap as beast's : thou art a lady ; If only to go warm were gorgeous, Why, nature needs not what thou gorgeous wear'st, Which scarcely keeps thee warm.
Page 298 - I salute thee, Mantovano, I that loved thee since my day began, Wielder of the stateliest measure ever moulded by the lips of man.
Page 262 - At the last meeting of the Society for the Promotion of Engineering Education, held at Princeton...
Page 33 - But heard are the Voices, Heard are the Sages, The Worlds and the Ages: " Choose well ; your choice is Brief, and yet endless. Here eyes do regard you, In Eternity's stillness; Here is all fulness, Ye brave, to reward you; Work, and despair not.
Page 152 - Many of the new methods . . . methods of gentle cooing toward the child's inclinations, of timidly placing a chair for him before a disordered banquet of heterogeneous studies, may produce ladylike persons, but they will not produce men.
Page 25 - OH that those lips had language ! Life has passed With me but roughly since I heard thee last. Those lips are thine — thy own sweet smile I see, The same that oft in childhood solaced me; Voice only fails, else how distinct they say, 'Grieve not, my child, chase all thy fears away!
Page 345 - It should introduce the future citizens of the community, not merely to the physical structure of the world in which they live, but also to the deeper interests and problems of politics, thought, and human life. It should acquaint them, so far as may be, with the capacities and ideals of mankind, as expressed in literature and art, with, its ambitions and achievements as recorded in history, and with the nature and laws of the world as interpreted by science, philosophy, and religion.

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