The Six Chief Lives from Johnson's "Lives of the Poets": With Macaulay's "Life of Johnson".

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Macmillan, 1886 - 463 sivua
 

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Sivu 198 - From harmony, from heavenly harmony This universal frame began: From harmony to harmony Through all the compass of the notes it ran, The diapason closing full in Man.
Sivu 109 - He seems to have been well acquainted with his own genius, and to know what it was that Nature had bestowed upon him more bountifully than upon others ; the power of displaying the vast, illuminating the splendid, enforcing the awful, darkening the gloomy, and aggravating the dreadful...
Sivu 348 - O'er the dark trees a yellower verdure shed, And tip with silver every mountain's head ; Then shine the vales, the rocks in prospect rise, A flood of glory bursts from all the skies : The conscious swains, rejoicing in the sight, Eye the blue vault, and bless the useful light.
Sivu 299 - I bridle in my struggling Muse with pain, That longs to launch into a nobler strain.
Sivu 179 - They have not the formality of a settled style, in which the first half of the sentence betrays the other. The clauses are never balanced, nor the periods modelled : every word seems to drop by chance, though it falls into its proper place. Nothing is cold or languid : the whole is airy, animated, and vigorous ; what is little, is gay ; what is great, is splendid.
Sivu 214 - Waller was smooth ; but Dryden taught to join The varying verse, the full-resounding line, The long majestic march, and energy divine.
Sivu 98 - Nothing can less display knowledge or less exercise invention than to tell how a shepherd has lost his companion and must now feed his flocks alone, without any judge of his skill in piping; and how one god asks another god what is become of Lycidas, and how neither god can tell. He who thus grieves will excite no sympathy; he who thus praises will confer no honour.
Sivu 211 - I am as free as nature first made man, Ere the base laws of servitude began, When wild in woods the noble savage ran.

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