An Introduction to the Classics: Containing a Short Discourse on Their Excellencies; and Directions how to Study Them to Advantage. With an Essay on the Nature and Use of Those Emphatical and Beautiful Figures which Give Strength and Ornament to Writing

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C. Rivington, 1737 - Classic Literature.-- - 271 pages
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Page 232 - Inspired repulsed battalions to engage, And taught the doubtful battle where to rage. So when an angel by divine command With rising tempests shakes a guilty land, Such as of late o'er pale Britannia past, Calm and serene he drives the furious blast ; And, pleased the Almighty's orders to perform, Rides in the whirlwind, and directs the storm.
Page 192 - On me, me only, as the source and spring Of all corruption, all the blame lights due; So might the wrath!
Page 244 - Creatures of other mould, earth-born perhaps, Not spirits, yet to heav'nly spirits bright Little inferior ; whom my thoughts pursue With wonder, and could love, so lively shines In them divine resemblance, and such grace The hand that form'd them on...
Page 175 - Egyptian wife. Moving they fight : with oars and forky prows The froth is gather'd, and the water glows. It seems, as if the Cyclades again Were rooted up, and justled in the main ; Or floating mountains floating mountains meet ; Such is the fierce encounter of the fleet. Fire-balls are thrown, and pointed javelins fly, The fields of Neptune take a purple dye.
Page 224 - After we have practised good actions a while, they become easy ; and when they are easy, we begin to take pleasure in them ; and when they please us, we do them frequently ; and, by frequency of acts, a thing grows into a habit ; and a confirmed habit is a second kind of nature ; and, so far as any thing is natural, so far it is necessary, and we can hardly do otherwise; nay, we do it many times when we do not think of it.
Page 97 - He made darkness his secret place: his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.
Page 269 - But let concealment like a worm i' th' bud Feed on her damask cheek: she pin'd in thought, And with a green and yellow melancholy, She sat like Patience on a Monument, Smiling at grief.
Page 236 - Looks through the horizontal mifty air Shorn of his beams, or from behind the moon In dim eclipfe difaftrous twilight fheds On half the nations, and with fear of change Perplexes monarchs. '.Darken'd fo, yet fhone Above them all th...
Page 260 - Which they beheld, the moon's resplendent globe, And starry pole : Thou also mad'st the night, Maker Omnipotent ! and thou the day...
Page 14 - You have their exact images of all the actions of war, and employments of peace ; and are entertained with the delightful view of the universe.

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