Introduction to English Literature, Including a Number of Classic Works. With Notes

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Leach, Shewell & Sanborn, 1894 - 627 pages

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Page 528 - not man the less, but nature more, From these our interviews, in which I steal From all I may be or have been before, To mingle with the universe, and feel What I can ne'er express, yet cannot all conceal." At Geneva he wrote the touching story of Bonnivard, " The Prisoner of Chillon.
Page 430 - A Man's a Man for a' That" : — " Is there, for honest poverty, That hangs his head, and a' that? The coward slave, we pass him by; We dare be puir for a' that. For a' that, and a" that, Our toils obscure and a' that, The rank is but the guinea-stamp — The man's the gowd
Page 549 - A being breathing thoughtful breath, A traveller between life and death; The reason firm, the temperate will, Endurance, foresight, strength, and skill; A perfect woman nobly planned, To warn, to comfort, and command; And yet a spirit still, and bright With something of angelic light.
Page 160 - and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. Some books also may be read by deputy, and extracts made of them by others; but that would be only in the less important arguments, and the meaner sort of books; else distilled books are, like common distilled waters, flashy 9 things. Reading maketh a full man, conference
Page 316 - For close designs, and crooked counsels fit; Sagacious, bold, and turbulent of wit; Restless, unfix'd in principles and place; In power unpleased, impatient of disgrace: A fiery soul, which, working out its way, Fretted the pigmy-body to decay, And o'er-inform'd the tenement of clay; A daring pilot in extremity; Pleased with the danger, when the
Page 287 - There on beds of violets blue, And fresh-blown roses wash'd in dew, Fill'd her with thee a daughter fair, So buxom, blithe, and debonair. Haste thee, nymph, and bring with thee Jest, and youthful jollity, Quips, and cranks, and wanton wiles, Nods, and becks, and wreathed smiles, Such as hang on Hebe's cheek, And love to live in dimple sleek ; 3°
Page 396 - True wit is nature to advantage dressed; What oft was thought, but ne'er so well expressed; Something, whose truth convinced at sight we find, That gives us back the image of our mind. 300 As shades more sweetly recommend the light, So modest plainness sets off sprightly wit.
Page 443 - rever'd abroad: Princes and lords are but the breath of kings, " An honest man's the noblest work of God : " And certes, in fair virtue's heavenly road, The cottage leaves the palace far behind; What is a lordling's pomp? — a cumbrous load, Disguising oft the wretch of human kind, 170 Studied in arts of hell, in wickedness refin'd
Page 233 - consider this, That, in the course of justice, none of us Should see salvation : we do pray for mercy ; And that same prayer doth teach us all to render The deeds of mercy. I have spoke thus much To mitigate the justice of thy plea ; Which if thou follow, this strict court of Venice Must needs give sentence 'gainst the merchant there.
Page 527 - changed! —and such a change ! O night, And storm, and darkness, ye are wondrous strong, Yet lovely in your strength, as is the light Of a dark eye in woman ! Far along, From peak to peak, the rattling crags among, Leaps the live thunder! Not from one lone cloud, But every mountain now hath found a tongue,

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