The Poetical Works of George Sandys: Introduction. Commendatory verses. A paraphrase upon Job. A paraphrase upon the Psalms of David

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Smith, 1872 - Bible - 1 pages
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Page xi - Herbert in wit and accurate composure; but as Seneca takes with me above all his contemporaries, because he speaketh things by words, feelingly and seriously, like a man that is past jest; so Herbert speaks to God like one that really believeth a God, and whose business in the world is most with God. Heart-work and Heaven-work make up his books...
Page lxii - God descended to become man ; where he honored the earth with his beautiful steps, wrought the works of our redemption, triumphed over death, and ascended into glory ; which countries, once so glorious and famous for their happy estate, are now, through vice and ingratitude, become the most deplored spectacles of extreme misery...
Page xxiv - Light to our darkness ; in whose death we live : 0 strengthen thou my faith, correct my will, That mine may thine obey ! Protect me still ; So that the latter death may not devour My soul sealed with thy seal. So, in the hour...
Page lxii - Who, aiming only at the height of greatness and sensuality, hath in tract of time reduced so great and goodly a part of the world to that lamentable distress and servitude, under which (to the astonishment of the understanding beholders) it now faints and groaneth.
Page xi - He who has arrived the nearest to it, is the ingenious and learned Sandys, the best versifier of the former age ; if I may properly call it by that name which was the former part of this concluding century. For...
Page xcviii - But tear those idols from my heart, and write What His blest Sp'rit, not fond love, shall indite. Then I no more shall court the verdant bay, But the dry...
Page xiv - Thyrsis ? Whose artful strains have oft delay'd The huddling brook to hear his madrigal, And sweeten'd every muskrose of the dale...
Page lxiii - ... and countries : thence to draw a right image of the frailty of man, the mutability of whatsoever is worldly ; and assurance that as there is nothing unchangeable saving God, so nothing stable but by his grace and protection WILLIAM CHILLINGWORTH.
Page xiv - HARRY, whose tuneful and well-measured song First taught our English music how to span Words with just note and accent, not to scan With Midas' ears, committing short and long, Thy worth and skill exempts thee from the throng, With praise enough for Envy to look wan : To after age thou shalt be writ the man That with smooth air couldst humour best our tongue.
Page 185 - In joyful songs bis praise resound. Who, riding on the rolling spheres, The name of great Jehovah bears. Before his face your joys express, A father to the fatherless ; He wipes the tears from widows' eyes, The single plants in families ; Enlarging those who late were bound, While rebels starve on thirsty ground.

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