Essays and Studies, Volum 4

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Side 38 - It was at Rome, on the 15th of October 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the bare-footed friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind.
Side 75 - Milton's Devil as\ ^ a moral being is as far superior to his God, as one who perseveres \ in some purpose which he has conceived to be excellent in spite of \ adversity and torture, is to one who in the cold security of undoubted triumph inflicts the most horrible revenge upon his enemy...
Side 82 - Peace, peace ! he is not dead, he doth not sleep ! He hath awakened from the dream of life. 'Tis we who, lost in stormy visions, keep With phantoms an unprofitable strife, And in mad trance strike with our spirit's knife Invulnerable nothings. We decay Like corpses in a charnel ; fear and grief Convulse us and consume us day by day, And cold hopes swarm like worms within our living clay.
Side 78 - When musing deeply on the lot Of life, at that sweet time when winds are wooing All vital things that wake to bring News of birds and blossoming, Sudden, thy shadow fell on me ; I shrieked, and clasped my hands in ecstasy...
Side 121 - The greatest artists are the greatest sots. The country poor do by example live; The gentry lead them, and the clergy drive: What may we not from such examples hope ? The landlord is their god, the priest their pope. A drunken clergy and a swearing bench...
Side 85 - But Greece and her foundations are Built below the tide of war, Based on the crystalline sea Of thought and its eternity; Her citizens, imperial spirits, Rule the present from the past, On all this world of men inherits Their seal is set.
Side 84 - And many more, whose names on earth are dark But whose transmitted effluence cannot die So long as fire outlives the parent spark, Rose, robed in dazzling immortality. "Thou art become as one of us...
Side 91 - With hue like that when some great painter dips His pencil in the gloom of earthquake and eclipse.
Side 95 - Which bear thy name; love, like the atmosphere Of the sun's fire filling the living world, Burst from thee, and illumined earth and heaven And the deep ocean and the sunless caves And all that dwells within them ; till grief...
Side 11 - Fear and pity may be aroused by spectacular means; but they may also result from the inner structure of the piece, which is the better way, and indicates a superior poet. For the plot ought to be so constructed that, even without the aid of the eye, he who hears the tale told will thrill with horror and melt to pity at what takes place.

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