The North American Review, Volume 21

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University of Northern Iowa, 1825 - North American review and miscellaneous journal
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Page 333 - fate Of men and empires,—'tis to be forgiven, That in our aspirations to be great, Our destinies o'erleap their mortal state, And claim a kindred with you ; for ye are A beauty and a mystery, and create In us such love and reverence from afar, That fortune, fame, power, life, have named themselves a star.
Page 335 - precipice ; The fall of waters ! rapid as the light, The flashing mass foams, shaking the abyss; The hell of waters ! where they howl and hiss, And boil in endless torture ; while the sweat Of their great agony, wrung out from this Their Phlegethon, curls round the rocks of jet, That gird the gulf around, in pitiless horror set.
Page 321 - polluted by his libertinism. With singular perversion of taste, he has thought it worth while to find a place for a stanza from one of his earlier productions, which has been already quoted, Though gay companions o'er the bowl, Dispel awhile the sense of ill; Though pleasure fire the maddening soul. The
Page 295 - convention of November 14, 1788, nor upon the indemnities mutually due or claimed, the parties will negotiate further on these subjects at a convenient time ; and until they have agreed upon these points, the said treaties and convention shall have no operation, and the relations of the two countries shall be regulated as follows.
Page 336 - which runs through the whole, betrays itself in the concluding line of one of them ; Look back ! Lo ! where it comes like an eternity, As if to sweep down all things in its tract, Charming the eye with dread,—a matchless cataract.
Page 328 - Two or three columns, and many a stone, Marble and granite, with grass o'ergrown ! Out upon Time ! it will leave no more Of the things to come than the things before ! Out upon Time ! who for ever will leave But enough of the past for the future to grieve O'er that which hath been, and o'er that which must be
Page 334 - up again, the dewy morn, Laughing the clouds away with playful scorn, And living as if earth contained no tomb,— And glowing into day ; we may resume The march of our existence. There are few passages in poetry more richly
Page 344 - yet how unenviable ! what stings Are theirs ! One breast laid open were a school, Which would unteach mankind the lust to shine or rule ; Their breath is agitation, and their life A storm whereon they ride, to sink at last, And yet so nursed and bigoted to strife, That should their days surviving perils past, Melt to calm twilight, they feel overcast
Page 318 - Fair Greece ! sad relic of departed worth ! Immortal, though no more ; though fallen, great! Who now shall lead thy scatter'd children forth, And long-accustom'd bondage uncreate ? Not such thy sons who whilome did await, The hopeless warriors of a willing doom, In bleak Thermopylae's sepulchral strait— Oh! who that gallant spirit shall resume, Leap from Eurotas' banks, and call thee from the tomb
Page 216 - The thoughts are strange that crowd into my brain, While I look upward to thee. It would seem As if GOD pour'd thee from his ' hollow hand,' And hung his bow upon thy awful front; And spoke in that loud voice, which

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