The Spectator: With Sketches of the Lives of the Authors, an Index, and Explanatory Notes, Nide 6

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Sivu 177 - Through optic glass the Tuscan artist views At evening from the top of Fesole Or in Valdarno to descry new lands, .Rivers or mountains in her spotty globe; His spear, to equal which the tallest pine Hewn on Norwegian hills to be the mast Of some great ammiral, were but a wand.
Sivu 179 - To speak ; whereat their doubled ranks they bend From wing to wing, and half enclose him round With all his peers : attention held them mute. Thrice he assay'd, and thrice, in spite of scorn, Tears, such as angels weep, burst forth : at last Words interwove with sighs found out their way.
Sivu 217 - Typhoean rage more fell Rend up both rocks and hills, and ride the air In whirlwind; hell scarce holds the wild uproar.
Sivu 215 - Wants not her hidden lustre, gems and gold ; Nor want we skill or art, from whence to raise Magnificence...
Sivu 177 - Their dread commander ; he, above the rest In shape and gesture proudly eminent, Stood like a tower ; his form had yet not lost All her original brightness, nor appeared Less than archangel ruined, and the excess Of glory obscured...
Sivu 248 - Almighty Father from above, From the pure empyrean where he sits High throned above all height, bent down his eye, His own works, and their works, at once to view : About him all the sanctities of heaven Stood thick as stars, and from his sight received Beatitude past utterance...
Sivu 247 - The passions which they are designed to raise, are a divine love and religious fear. The particular beauty of the speeches in the third book consists in that shortness and perspicuity of style, in which the poet has couched the greatest mysteries of Christianity, and drawn together, in a regular scheme, the whole dispensation of Providence with respect to man. He has represented all the abstruse doctrines of predestination...
Sivu 248 - Beyond compare the Son of God was seen Most glorious ; in him all his Father shone Substantially express'd : and in his face Divine compassion visibly appear'd, Love without end, and without measure grace...
Sivu 38 - The skins of the forehead were extremely tough and thick, and, what Very much surprised us, had not in them any single blood-vessel that we were able to discover, either with or without our glasses; from whence we concluded, that the party when alive must have been entirely deprived of the faculty of blushing.
Sivu 55 - The loves of Dido and ^Eneas are only copies of what has passed between other persons. Adam and Eve, before the fall, are a different species from that of mankind, who are descended from them ; and none but a poet of the most unbounded invention, and the most exquisite judgment, could have filled their conversation and behaviour with so many circumstances during their state of innocence.

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