The Works of Mr. James Thomson: With His Last Corrections and Improvements ... To which is Prefixed, the Life of the Author, Volume 2

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R. Baldwin, 1802
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Page 41 - Greece ! thou sapient nurse of finer arts ! Which to bright science blooming fancy bore ; Be this thy praise, that thou, and thou alone, In these hast led the way, in these excell'd, Crown'd with the laurel of assenting Time. ' In thy full language, speaking mighty things : Like a clear torrent close, or else diffused A broad majestic stream, and rolling on Through all the winding harmony of sound...
Page 119 - Hail ! Independence, hail ! Heaven's next best gift, To that of life and an immortal soul ! The life of life ! that to the banquet high And sober meal gives taste; to the bow'd roof Fair-dream'd repose, and to the cottage charms.
Page 42 - Of what had flavour to the nourish'd soul. " The sweet enforcer of the Poet's strain, Thine was the meaning Music of the heart : Not the vain trill, that, void of passion, runs In giddy mazes, tickling idle ears ; But that deep-searching voice and artful hand To which respondent shakes the varied soul.
Page 40 - And serious deeds he smiled the laughing race, Taught moral happy life, whate'er can bless Or grace mankind ; and what he taught he was. Compounded high, though plain, his doctrine broke In different Schools : — the bold poetic phrase Of figured Plato ; Xenophon's pure strain, Like the clear brook that steals along the vale ; Dissecting truth, the Stagyrite's keen eye ; Th...
Page 5 - Oh, Peace ! thou source and soul of social life, Beneath whose calm inspiring influence, Science his views enlarges, Art refines, And swelling Commerce opens all her ports ; Blessed be the man divine who gives us thee...
Page 134 - Of those whom bigots chase from foreign lands; Not built on rapine, servitude, and woe, And in their turn some petty tyrant's prey, But, bound by social freedom, firm they rise...
Page 244 - Of well proportion'd liberty, to build The common quiet, happiness, and glory Of King and people, England's rising grandeur. To you, my Prince, this task, of right, belongs. Has not the Royal heir a juster claim To share his father's inmost heart and counsels, Than aliens to his interest, those, who make A property, a market of his honour?
Page 37 - Where, with bright marbles big and future pomp, Hymettus spread, amid the scented sky, His thymy treasures to the labouring bee...
Page 45 - Assumed the boasted honour of their birth. " In architecture too thy rank supreme! That art where most magnificent appears The little builder man; by thee refined, And, smiling high, to full perfection brought. Such thy sure rules, that Goths of every age, Who scorn'd their aid, have only loaded earth With labour'd heavy monuments of shame. Not those gay domes that o'er thy splendid shore Shot, all proportion, up. First unadorn'd, And nobly plain, the manly Doric rose; The Ionic then, with decent...
Page 93 - It is certain, that an opinion was fixed and general among them (the GoUis) that death was but the entrance into another life; that all men who lived lazy and unactive lives, and died natural deaths, by sickness or by age, went into vast caves under ground, all dark and miry, full of noisome creatures usual to such places, and there for ever groveled in endless stench and misery.

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