Literary Epochs: Chapters on Noted Periods of Intellectual Activity

E. Stock, 1887 - 216 pages

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Page 78 - Master Jonson (like the former) was built far higher in learning ; solid, but slow in his performances. Shakespeare, with the English man of war, lesser in bulk, but lighter in sailing, could turn with all tides, tack about, and take advantage of all winds, by the quickness of his wit and invention.
Page 69 - What needs my Shakespeare for his honoured bones, The labour of an age in piled stones ? Or that his hallowed relics should be hid Under a star-ypointing pyramid ? Dear son of memory, great heir of fame, What need'st thou such weak witness of thy name ? Thou in our wonder and astonishment Hast built thyself a livelong monument.
Page 79 - He is a great lover and praiser of himself, a contemner and scorner of others, given rather to lose a friend than a jest, jealous of every word and action of those about him (especially after drink, which is one of the elements in which he liveth...
Page 155 - Looking tranquillity ! It strikes an awe And terror on my aching sight ; the tombs And monumental caves of death look cold, And shoot a chilness to my trembling heart.
Page 78 - What things have we seen Done at the Mermaid! Heard words that have been So nimble and so full of subtle flame As if that every one from whence they came Had meant to put his whole wit in a jest, And had resolved to live a fool the rest Of his dull life.
Page 149 - rings of the world appear; From each she nicely culls with curious toil, And decks the goddess with the glitt'ring spoil This casket India's glowing gems unlocks, And all Arabia breathes from yonder box.
Page 176 - ... venal House of Peers — I will give him a corrupt and servile House of Commons — I will give him the full swing of the patronage of office — I will give him the whole host of ministerial influence— I will give him all the power that place can confer upon him to purchase up submission and overawe resistance ; and yet, armed with the liberty of the press, I -will go forth to meet him undismayed...
Page 150 - Repairs her smiles, awakens ev'ry grace, And calls forth all the wonders of her face; Sees by degrees a purer blush arise, And keener lightnings quicken in her eyes. The busy sylphs surround their darling care, These set the head, and those divide the hair, Some fold the sleeve, whilst others plait the gown; And Betty's prais'd for labours not her own. CANTO II NOT with more glories, in th...
Page 80 - ... passionately kind and angry, careless either to gain or keep ; vindictive, but if he be well answered, at himself ; interprets best sayings and deeds often to the worst.
Page 162 - All nature is but art, unknown to thee; All chance, direction, which thou canst not see; All discord, harmony not understood; All partial evil, universal good. And, spite of pride, in erring reason's spite, One truth is clear,

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