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Page 119 - Athens learn'd to please, To keen the wit, and to sublime the heart, In all supreme ! complete in every part ! It was not thence majestic Rome arose, And o'er the nations shook her conquering dart: . For sluggard's brow the laurel never grows ; Renown is not the child of indolent Repose.
Page 137 - Grecian poets; — for surely there is nothing in the compass of Grecian epic or tragic fable, in which the resistless march of destiny is more discernible, than in the sad fortunes of the dynasty of Montezuma. — It is, without doubt, the most poetic subject ever offered to the pen of the historian.
Page 238 - WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT. By JOHN BIGELOW. J. FENIMORE COOPER. By TR LOUNSBURY. GEORGE WILLIAM CURTIS. By EDWARD GARY. RALPH WALDO EMERSON. By OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. By JOHN BACH MCMASTER. NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE. By GEORGE E. WOODBERRY. WASHINGTON IRVING. By CHARLES DUDLEY WARNER.
Page 29 - I have, it is true, but one eye ; but that has done me some service, and, with fair usage, will, I trust, do me some more. I have been so troubled with inflammations, that I have not been able to use it for months, and twice for several years together.
Page 66 - ... experiences of it had become abundant, he says : " Criticism has got to be an old story. It is impossible for one who has done that sort of work himself to have any respect for it. How can one critic look another in the face without laughing? " He therefore gave it up, believing neither in its fairness, nor in its beneficial effect on authors or readers. Sir James Mackintosh, after long experience of the same sort, came to the conclusion that review-writing was a waste of time, and advised Mr.
Page 239 - GEORGE RIPLEY. By OB FROTHINGHAM. WILLIAM GILMORE SIMMS. By WILLIAM P. TRENT. BAYARD TAYLOR. By ALBERT H. SMYTH. HENRY D. THOREAU. By FRANK B. SANBORN. NOAH WEBSTER. By HORACE E. SCUDDER.
Page 88 - ... me with ennui. I have found infinite variety in the study, moreover, which might at first sight seem monotonous. No historical labors, rightly conducted, can be monotonous, since they afford all the variety of pursuing a chain of facts to unforeseen consequences, of comparing doubtful and contradictory testimony, of picturesque delineations of incident, and of analysis and dramatic exhibition of character. The plain narrative may be sometimes relieved by general views or critical discussions,...
Page 168 - I were asked," said Theophilus Parsons, " to name the man whom I have known whose coming was, most sure to be hailed as a pleasant event by all whom he approached, I should not only place Prescott at the head of the list, but I could not place any other man near him.
Page 78 - But this delay was no matter of serious regret to him. He always deliberated long before he undertook anything of consequence, and, in regard to his examination of this very matter, he had already recorded : " I care not how long a time I take for it, provided I am diligent in all that time.
Page 240 - JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER. By George Rice Carpenter. It furnishes a sympathetic, orderly, and authoritative biography, gracefully written, with an excellent portrait. Detroit Free Press. The volume is a genuinely valuable contribution to literary history. The Congregationalist, Boston. And is one of the best of an excellent series. Cleveland Plain Dealer. ' HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW. By Thomas Wentworth Higginson. An example of graceful, dignified, and adequate biography. Chicago Post. Every lover...