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The British Essayists; with Prefaces, Historical and Biographical,: The Guardian
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Pàgina 194 - Why am I thus bereaved thy prime decree ? The sun to me is dark And silent as the moon, When she deserts the night, Hid in her vacant interlunar cave.
Pàgina 193 - Nor the other light of life continue long, But yield to double darkness nigh at hand : So much I feel my genial spirits droop, My hopes all flat, nature within me seems In all her functions weary of herself ; My race of glory run, and race of shame, And I shall shortly be with them that rest.
Pàgina 104 - To imitate the fictions and sentiments of Spenser can incur no reproach, for allegory is perhaps one of the most pleasing vehicles of instruction. But I am very far from extending the same respect to his diction or his stanza. His style was in his own time allowed to be vicious, so darkened with old words and peculiarities of phrase, and so remote from common use, that Jonson boldly pronounces him
Pàgina 192 - No strength of man or fiercest wild beast could withstand ; Who tore the lion...
Pàgina 52 - For, who can congratulate himself upon a life passed 'without some act more mischievous to the peace or prosperity of others, than the theft of...
Pàgina 193 - Out, out, hyaena! these are thy wonted arts, And arts of every woman false like thee...
Pàgina 275 - The wits of these happy days have discovered a way to fame, which the dull caution of our laborious ancestors durst never attempt; they cut the knots of sophistry which it was formerly the business of years to untie, solve difficulties by sudden irradiations of intelligence, and comprehend long processes of argument by immediate intuition.
Pàgina 165 - Who dares think one thing, and another tell, My heart detests him as the gates of hell.