Gnomica: detached thoughts... especially with refrence to poetical faculties and habits

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Page 298 - azured vault Set roaring war: to the dread rattling thunder Have I given fire, and rifted Jove's stout oak With his own bolt: the strong-based promontory. Have I made shake; and by the spurs plucked up The pine and cedar; graves at my command Have waked their sleepers; oped, and let them forth By my so potent art.
Page 298 - he comes back;you demi-puppets, that By moon-shine do the green-sour ringlets make , Whereof the ewe not bites; and you, whose pastime Is to make midnight-mushrooms ; that rejoice To hear the solemn curfew; by whose aid (Weak masters though you be,)
Page 125 - the following stanza among the most perfect specimens, which the Poetry of any country can produce. « Yesterday the sullen Year Saw the snowy whirlwind fly: Mute was the music of the air; The herd stood drooping by: Their raptures now, that wildly flow, No Yesterday nor morrow know; Tis man alone, that joy descries
Page 132 - and marked its reputation stealing its way in a kind of subterraneous current through fear and silence. I cannot but conceive him calm and confident, little disappointed, not at all dejected, relying on his own merit with steady consciousness, and waiting without impatience the vicissitudes of opinion , and the impartiality of a future generation.
Page 296 - words still in foulest letters ? She either gives a stomach , and no food ; — Such are the poor, in health; — or else a feast, And takes away the stomach; — such are the rich, That have abundance , and enjoy it not.
Page 30 - is the religious and moral knowlege of right and wrong: the next is an acquaintance with the history of mankind, and with those examples which may be said to embody truth, and prove by events the reasonableness of opinions. » — « Those authors therefore are to be read,
Page 1 - For who to dumb Forgetfulness a prey This pleasing anxious Being e'er resign'd ; Left the warm precincts of the
Page 277 - Yet e'en these bones ,» are to me original: I have never seen the notions in any other place ; yet he that reads them here persuades himself that he has always felt them.
Page 297 - So it falls out, That what we have, we prize not to the worth, /Whiles we enjoy it; but being lack'd and lost,
Page 320 - are select Spirits for whom it is ordained that their fame shall be in the world an existence like that of Virtue, which owes its being to the struggles it makes , and its vigour to the enemies it provokes; — a vivacious quality, ever doomed to meet with opposition; and still triumphing over it.

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