Atlantic Essays

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Lee and Shepard, 1882 - Culture - 341 pages
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Page 83 - In words, as fashions, the same rule will hold; Alike fantastic, if too new, or old: Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
Page 76 - Nine years ! cries he, who high in Drury Lane, Lull'd by soft zephyrs through the broken pane, Rhymes ere he wakes, and prints before Term ends, Obliged by hunger, and request of friends : " The piece, you think, is incorrect? why, take it, I 'm all submission, what you 'd have it, make it.
Page 39 - The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write : a man will turn over half a library to make one book.
Page 110 - Aponte. — How fine are those prefatory words, " by a Right Reverend Prelate," to that pioneer book in Anglo-Saxon lore, Elizabeth Elstob's grammar : " Our earthly possessions are indeed our patrimony, as derived to us by the industry of our fathers; but the language in which we speak is our mothertongue, and who so proper to play the critic in this as the females...
Page 203 - ... Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like? 32 They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced ; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept. 33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil.
Page 338 - ... That man, I think, has had a liberal education who has been so trained in youth that his body is the ready servant of his will, and does with ease and pleasure all the work that as a mechanism it is capable of; whose intellect is a clear, cold, logic engine, with all its parts of equal strength, and in smooth working order; ready, like a steam-engine, to be turned to any kind of work...
Page 320 - O'er my dim eyes a darkness hung ; My ears with hollow murmurs rung. In dewy damps my limbs were chill'd ; My blood with gentle horrors thrill'd ; My feeble pulse forgot to play ; I fainted, sunk, and died away.
Page 226 - ... worldly gain was not the end and design of the people of New England, but religion. And if any man amongst us make religion as twelve and the world as thirteen, let such a one know he hath neither the spirit of a true New England man nor yet of a sincere Christian.
Page 43 - How much knowledge of the sweetest and deepest parts of our nature in it ! When I think of such a mind as Lamb's — when I see how unnoticed remain things of such exquisite and complete perfection, what should I hope for myself, if I had not higher objects in view than fame ? I have seen too little of Italy, and of pictures.
Page 141 - He put that spirit into the King's army that all men seemed resolved," says Sir Philip Warwick, "and had he been as cautious as he was a forward fighter, and a knowing person in all parts of a soldier, he had most probably been a very fortunate one.

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