The history of literature; or, The rise and progress of language, writing and letters, Volum 1


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Pàgina 88 - Where low-browed baseness wafts perfume to pride. No! men, high-minded men, With powers as far above dull brutes endued In forest, brake, or den, As beasts excel cold rocks and brambles rude ; Men, who their duties know, But know their rights, and, knowing, dare maintain, Prevent the long-aimed blow, And crush the tyrant while they rend the chain : These constitute a State, And sovereign Law, that State's collected will O'er thrones and globes elate, Sits Empress, crowning good, repressing ill.
Pàgina 266 - For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground ; yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.
Pàgina 86 - Blest as the immortal gods is he, The youth who fondly sits by thee, And hears and sees thee all the while Softly speak and sweetly smile.
Pàgina 74 - Thus having spoke, the illustrious chief of Troy Stretch'd his fond arms to clasp the lovely boy. The babe clung crying to his nurse's breast, Scared at the dazzling helm and nodding crest. With secret pleasure each fond parent smiled, And Hector hasted to relieve his child, The glittering terrors from his brows unbound, And...
Pàgina 77 - Nineteen one Mother bore— Dead, all are dead! How oft, alas! has wretched Priam bled? Still One was left, their Loss to recompense; His Father's Hope, his Country's last Defence. Him too thy Rage has slain! beneath thy Steel 620 Unhappy, in his Country's Cause he fell! For him, thro...
Pàgina 9 - Thus, in all languages, we find a multitude of words that are evidently constructed upon this principle. A certain bird is termed the cuckoo, from the sound which it emits. When one sort of wind is said to whistle, and another to roar ; when a serpent is said to hiss ; a fly to...
Pàgina 74 - The wanton courser thus with reins unbound Breaks from his stall, and beats the trembling ground; Pamper'd and proud, he seeks the wonted tides, And laves, in height of blood, his shining sides...
Pàgina 238 - CLOUDS [approaching nearer]. Ye Clouds replete with fruitful showers, Here let us seek Minerva's towers, The cradle of old Cecrops' race, The world's chief ornament and grace; Here mystic fanes and rites divine And lamps in sacred splendour shine; Here the Gods dwell in marble domes, Feasted with costly hecatombs, That round their votive statues blaze, Whilst crowded temples ring with praise; And pompous sacrifices here Make holidays throughout the year, And when gay spring-time comes again, Bromius...
Pàgina 1 - There is no part of history so generally useful as that which relates the progress of the human mind, the gradual improvement of reason, the successive advances of science, the vicissitudes of learning and ignorance, which are the light and darkness of thinking beings, the extinction and resuscitation of arts, and the revolutions of the intellectual world.
Pàgina 64 - Let him whose might can hurl this bowl, arise; Who farthest hurls it, takes it as his prize. If he be one, enrich'd with large domain Of downs for flocks, and arable for grain, Small stock of iron needs that man provide; His hinds and swains whole years shall be supplied From hence : nor ask the neighbouring city's aid, For ploughshares, wheels, and all the rural trade.

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