English Essays from Sir Philip Sidney to Macaulay: With Introductions, Notes and Illustrations, Volume 27

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P.F. Collier & Son, 1910 - English essays - 421 pages
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Page 290 - I am your wife, if you will marry me; If not, I'll die your maid. To be your fellow You may deny me; but I'll be your servant, Whether you will or no." Such are the discoveries which the poets make for us; worlds to which that of Columbus was but a handful of brute matter.
Page 52 - No man ever spake more neatly, more presly,* more weightily, or suffered less emptiness, less idleness, in what he uttered. No member of his speech but consisted of his own graces. His hearers could not cough, or look aside from him, without loss. He commanded where he spoke, and had his judges angry and pleased at his devotion.
Page 51 - trat"* as Augustus said of Haterius. His wit was in his own power; would the rule of it had been so too. Many times he fell into those things, could not escape laughter, as when he said in the person of Caesar, one speaking to him: "Caesar, thou dost me wrong." He replied: "Caesar did never wrong but with just cause;
Page 298 - public manners breeds— Thence comes it that my name receives a brand; And almost thence my nature is subdued To what it works in, like the dyer's hand Or that other confession;— Alas! 'tis true, I have gone here and there, And made myself a
Page 322 - of grammar are the works of a later age, and are merely the catalogue and the form of the creations of poetry. But poets, or those who imagine and express this indestructible order, are not only the authors of language and of music, of the dance, and architecture, and statuary, and painting: they are the
Page 79 - fought a duel upon his first coming to town, and kicked bully Dawson in a public coffee-house for calling him youngster. But being ill-used by the above-mentioned widow, he was very serious for a year and a half; and though, his temper being naturally jovial, he at last got over
Page 71 - pursuit of bubbles that glittered in their eyes and danced before them, but often when they thought themselves within the reach of them their footing failed and down they sunk. In this confusion of objects,! observed some with scimitars in their hands,
Page 168 - papers which once inflamed the nation are read only as effusions of wit, must wish for more of the Whig Examiners; for on no occasion was the genius of Addison more vigorously exerted, and on none did the superiority of his powers more evidently appear. His Trial of Count Tariff, written to expose
Page 9 - to make"; wherein I know not whether by luck or wisdom we Englishmen have met with the Greeks in calling him a maker. Which name how high and incomparable a title it is, I had rather were known by marking the scope of other sciences than by any
Page 298 - hand Or that other confession;— Alas! 'tis true, I have gone here and there, And made myself a modey to the view, Gored mine own thoughts, sold cheap what is most dear—

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