The History of Christ's Hospital: From Its Foundation by King Edward the Sixth. To which are Added Memoirs of Eminent Men Educated There; and a List of the Governors

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J. Nichols and son, 1821 - 308 pages
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Page 232 - In our own English compositions, (at least for the last three years of our school education), he showed no mercy to phrase, metaphor, or image, unsupported by a sound sense, or where the same sense might have been conveyed with equal force and dignity in plainer words. Lute, harp, and lyre, muse, muses, and inspirations, Pegasus, Parnassus, and Hippocrene were all an abomination to him.
Page 214 - Stood in himself collected, while each part, Motion, each act won audience ere the tongue...
Page 238 - When from thy cheerful eyes a ray Hath struck a bliss upon the day, A bliss that would not go away, A sweet fore-warning?
Page 238 - A month or more hath she been dead, Yet cannot I by force be led To think upon the wormy bed, And her together.
Page 241 - What gesture shall we appropriate to this ? What has the voice or the eye to do with such things ? But the play is beyond all art, as the tamperings with it shew : it is too hard and stony : it must have love-scenes, and a happy ending.
Page 227 - Others apart sat on a hill retired, In thoughts more elevate, and reasoned high Of providence, foreknowledge, will, and fate; Fix'd fate, free will, foreknowledge absolute: And found no end, in wandering mazes lost.
Page 227 - At a very premature age, even before my fifteenth year, I had bewildered myself in metaphysics, and in theological controversy. Nothing else pleased me. History, and particular facts, lost all interest in my mind.
Page 240 - Lear is not in corporeal dimension, but in intellectual : the explosions of his passion are terrible as a volcano : they are storms turning up and disclosing to the bottom that sea, his mind, with all its vast riches. It is his mind which is laid bare. This case of flesh and blood seems too insignificant to be thought on ; even as he himself neglects it. On the stage we see nothing but corporeal infirmities and weakness, the impotence of rage ; while we read it, we see not Lear, but we are Lear —...
Page 231 - He early moulded my taste to the preference of Demosthenes to Cicero, of Homer and Theocritus to Virgil, and again of Virgil to Ovid. He habituated me to compare Lucretius (in such extracts as I then read), Terence, and, above all, the chaster poems of Catullus, not only with the Roman poets of the...
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