The Letters of John B.S. Morritt of Rokeby Descriptive of Journeys in Europe and Asia Minor in the Years 1794-1796

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J. Murray, 1914 - Europe - 319 pages
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Page vii - Ellis (July 8, 1809), he describes it as " one of the most enviable places I have ever seen, as it unites the richness and luxuriance of English vegetation, with the romantic variety of glen, torrent, and copse, which dignifies our Northern scenery.
Page 24 - How sleep the Brave who sink to rest By all their country's wishes blest! When Spring, with dewy fingers cold, Returns to deck their hallowed mould, She there shall dress a sweeter sod Than Fancy's feet have ever trod. By fairy hands their knell is rung; By forms unseen their dirge is sung; There Honor comes, a pilgrim gray, To bless the turf that wraps their clay; And Freedom shall awhile repair, To dwell a weeping hermit there!
Page 241 - Mr Coleridge behaved with the utmost complaisance and temper, but relaxed not from his exertions. ' Zounds, I was never so bethumped with words.
Page 241 - Mysteries, which he regards as affording the germ of all tales about fairies past, present, and to come. He then diverged to Homer, whose Iliad he considered as a collection of poems by different authors, at different times, during a century.
Page vi - A Vindication of Homer and of the ancient poets and historians, who have recorded the siege and fall of Troy.
Page vii - Morritt looks well and easy in his mind, which I am delighted to see. He is now one of my oldest, and, I believe, one of my most sincere friends; — a man unequalled in the mixture of sound good sense, high literary cultivation, and the kindest and sweetest temper that ever graced a human bosom.
Page 241 - where we met a large party, the orator of which was that extra" ordinary man Coleridge. After eating a hearty dinner, during " which he spoke not a word, he began a most learned harangue on "the Samothracian mysteries, which he regarded as affording the " germ of all tales about fairies, past, present, and to come. He " then diverged to Homer, whose Iliad he considered as a collection " of poems by different authors during a century. Morritt, a zealous "worshipper of the old bard, was incensed at...
Page 178 - ... as the most splendid building they had ever seen; only 16 Corinthian columns now remain. Hadrian not only finished the building, but also built the Arch of Hadrian next to it, which served as the marker between two cities; on one side, the Arch carries the inscription: This is Athens, the Ancient City of Theseus'; on the other, 'This is the City of Hadrian, and not of Theseus.
Page 269 - Hamilton, and as we know her story you may conceive we did not expect so much. ... I can only tell you how she struck me, and I never was more surprised in my life. . . . She mimics in a moment everything that strikes her, with a versatility you have not a notion of. After this you may suppose her entertaining to a degree; I am told she is capricious, but we have not experienced it, et d'ailleurs tout est permis a une jolie femme.
Page 129 - In spite of the loving detail with which the Iliad . . . describes the double fountain under the walls of Troy, it is no longer possible to use it as evidence: no such combination of hot and cold springs now exists in the plain' (Leaf, Troy 48). But 'what he gives us is in fact very characteristic of the Troad at large, though not of the immediate surroundings of Troy. The hot springs of the Troad are as marked a feature as the cold which break out all over many-fountained Ida

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