The Praise of Books: As Said and Sung by English Authors

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John Alfred Langford
Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Company - Books and reading - 165 pages
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Page 65 - ready man, and writing an exact man. And, therefore, if a man write little he had need have a great memory ; if he conferre little he had need have a present wit ; and if he reade little he had need have much cunning, to seeme to know that he doth not. Histories make men wise, poets witty, the
Page 93 - and revolutions of ages doe not oft recover the losse of a rejected Truth, for the want of which whole Nations fare the worse. We should be wary therefore what persecution we raise against the living labours of publick men, how we spill that seasou'd Life of Man preserv'd and stor'd up in
Page 93 - Life of Man preserv'd and stor'd up in Books ; since we see a kind of homicide may be thus committed, sometimes a martyrdome ; and if it extend to the whole impression, a kinde of massacre, whereof the execution ends not in the slaying of an elementall Life, but strikes at that
Page 146 - the one Spirit's plastic stress Sweeps through, the dull dense world, compelling there All new successions to the forms they wear, Torturing th' unwilling dross that checks its flight To its own likeness, as each mass may bear ; And bursting in its beauty and its might From trees and
Page 56 - never set forth the earth in so rich tapestry, as divers Poets have done, neither with pleasant rivers, fruitful trees, sweet smelling flowers ; nor whatsoever else may make the too much loved earth more lovely. Her world is brasen, the Poets only deliver a golden : but let those things alone, and
Page 113 - know, Are a substantial world, both pure and good : Round these, with tendrils strong as flesh and blood, Our pastime and our happiness will grow. There find I personal themes, a plenteous store ; Matter wherein right voluble I am
Page 70 - When wasteful war shall statues overturn, And broils root out the work of masonry, Nor Mars his sword nor war's quick fire shall burn The living record of your memory. 'Gainst death and all-oblivious enmity Shall you pace forth ; your praise shall still find room Even
Page 145 - CANNOT DIE. He is made one with Nature ; there is heard His voice in all her music, from the moan Of thunder, to the song of night's sweet bird ; He is a presence to be felt and known
Page 146 - In darkness and in light, from herb and stone, Spreading itself where'er that Power may move Which has withdrawn his being to its own ; Which wields the world with never-wearied love, Sustains it from beneath, and kindles it above.
Page 77 - Give me leave T' enjoy myself; that place that does contain My books, the best companions, is to me A glorious court, where hourly I converse With the old sages and philosophers ; And sometimes, for variety, I confer With kings and emperors, and weigh their counsels ; Calling their

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