Ballads, Critical Reviews, Tales, Various Essays, Letters, Sketches, Etc
General Books LLC, 2009 - 560 pages
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...its own, pleasanter, truer, and more lasting than the intoxication of sparkling satire; above all, one rises the next morning without fever or headache, and without the dim and frightful consciousness of having broken somebody's undeserving bones in a frolic, while under the satirical frenzy. You are grown mild--we are all grown mild. I saw Morgan Rattler going home with a wooden horse for his little son. Men aud fathers, we can assault men and fathers no more. Besides, a truth dawns upon the mature mind, which may thus be put by interrogation Because a critic, deeming A and B to be blockheads for whom utter destruction is requisite, forthwith sets to work to destroy them is it clear that the public are interested in that work of demolition and that they admire the critic hugely for his pains? At my present mature age, I am inclined to think that the nation does not much care for this sort of executiveness; and that it looks upon the press-Mohawks (this is not the least personal) as it did upon the gallant young noblemen who used a few years since to break the heads of policemen, and paint apothecaries' shops pea-green, --with amusement, perhaps, but with anything but respect and liking. And as those young noblemen, recognising the justice of public opinion, have retired to their estates, which they are now occupied peacefully in administering and improving, so have the young earls and marquesses of the court of Regina of Regent Street calmly subsided into the tillage of the pleasant fields of literature, and the cultivation of the fresh green crops of goodhumoured thought. My little work on the differential calculus, for instance, is in a most advanced state; and you will correct me if I break a confidence in saying, that your translation of the...
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