A Manual of English Literature

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Sheldon, 1879 - English literature - 665 pages
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Page 278 - The Mermaid'! Heard words that have been So nimble and so full of subtile flame, As if that every one from whom they came Had meant to put his whole wit in a jest, And had resolved lo live a fool the rest Of his dull
Page 316 - That strain I heard was of a higher mood: But now my oat proceeds; " and we are again upon the flowery plain of the true pastoral, till presently there is another sudden rise of thought (II. 108-131). The dead youth was destined for the church, of which he would have been a pure devoted servant.
Page 513 - each art to please, And born to write, converse, and live with ease." This piece of satire was first printed in 1723, then among Pope's " Miscellanies," in 1727, and finally incorporated in the Epistle to Arbuthnot, in 1735. Addison was so free from ungenerous feeling in this matter, that he went very much out of
Page 207 - The greatest shepherdess that lives this day, And most resembling both in shape and spright Her brother dear;" and upon whose death, when her course was ended, Ben Jonson wrote: " Underneath this sable hearse Lies the subject of all verse, Sidney's sister, Pembroke's mother: Death, ere tliou hast slain another
Page 378 - replied." Milton did not make his break by simply writing " Book VIII.," but made a poet's pause by this fresh opening: "The angel ended, and in Adam's ear So charming left his voice, that he awhile Thought him still speaking, still stood fix'd to hear; Then, as new wak'd, thus gratefully replied.
Page 527 - with full sincerity of style, Pope wrote his " Essay on Man " in the spirit of his lines: "In Faith and Hope the world will disagree, But all mankind's concern is Charity: All must be false that thwart this one great end; And all of God that
Page 380 - Bore witness gloriously; whence Gaza, mourns, And all that band them to resist His uncontrollable intent: His servants He, with new acquist Of true experience from this great event, With peace and consolation hath dismiss'd, And calm of mind, all passion spent." In 1673, the year before his death, there was a second
Page 372 - ask? The conscience, friend, to have lost them ovcrplied In Liberty's defence, my noble task, Of which all Europe rings from side to side. This thought might lead me through the world's vain masque, Content, though blind, had I no better guide.
Page 427 - the Panther is the Church of England, " fairest creature of the spotted kind." "A milk-white Hind, immortal and unchanged, Fed on the lawns, and in the forest ranged; Without unspotted, innocent within, She feared no danger, for she knew no sin." The other beasts had no good-will to her; and Independent, Presbyterian, Quaker, Freethinker, Anabaptist, Arian,
Page 344 - a couch whereupon to rest a searching and restless spirit; or a terrace for a wandering and variable mind to walk up and down with a fair prospect; or a tower of stale for a proud

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