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Page 418 - From harmony, from heavenly harmony This universal frame began: From harmony to harmony Through all the compass of the notes it ran, The diapason closing full in Man.
Page 153 - Among the flocks and copses and flowers appear the heathen deities, Jove and Phoebus, Neptune and jEolus, with a long train of mythological imagery, such as a college easily supplies. Nothing can less display knowledge, or less exercise invention, than to tell how a shepherd has lost his companion, and must now feed his flocks alone, without any judge of his skill in piping ; and how one god asks another god what has become of Lycidas, and how neither god can. tell. He who thus grieves will excite...
Page 438 - I am as free as nature first made man, Ere the base laws of servitude began, When wild in woods the noble savage ran.
Page 374 - There are men whose powers operate only at leisure and in retirement, and whose intellectual vigour deserts them in conversation; whom merriment confuses, and objection disconcerts: whose bashfulness restrains their exertion, and suffers them not to speak till the time of speaking is past; or whose attention to their own character makes them unwilling to utter at hazard what has not been considered, and cannot be recalled.
Page 420 - She gave but glimpses of her glorious mind: And multitudes of virtues pass'd along ; Each pressing foremost in the mighty throng, Ambitious to be seen, and then make room For greater multitudes that were to come. Yet unemploy'd no minute slipp'd away; Moments were precious in so short a stay.
Page 103 - It were injurious to omit, that Milton afterwards received her father and her brothers in his own house, when they were distressed, with other Royalists. 58 He published about the same time his Areopagitica, a Speech of Mr. John Milton for the liberty of unlicensed Printing.
Page 396 - The clauses are never balanced, nor the periods modelled; every word seems to drop by chance, though it falls into its proper place. Nothing is cold or languid ; the whole is airy, animated, and vigorous ; what is little, is gay ; what is great, is splendid. He may be thought to mention himself too frequently; but, while he forces himself upon our esteem, we cannot refuse him to stand high in his own.
Page 76 - Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer, And without sneering, teach the rest to sneer; Willing to wound and yet afraid to strike, Just hint a fault and hesitate dislike; Alike...
Page 410 - Till the last streaks of dying day withdrew, And doubtful moonlight did our rage deceive. In th' English fleet each ship resounds with joy, And loud applause of their great leader's fame ; In fiery dreams the Dutch they still destroy, And, slumbering, smile at the imagin'd flame.