The Six Chief Lives: From Johnson's "Lives of the Poets", with Macaulay's "Life of Johnson"

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Macmillan, 1878 - 466 strani
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Stran 200 - And could not heave her head, The tuneful voice was heard from high, This universal frame began : When nature underneath a heap of jarring atoms lay, Arise ye more than dead. Then cold and hot, and moist and dry, In order to their stations leap, And
Stran 466 - and the dogmatism of learning, must be finally decided all claim to poetical honours. The Churchyard abounds with images which find a mirrour in every mind, and with sentiments to which every bosom returns an echo. The four stanzas beginning Yet even these
Stran 466 - are to me original: I have never seen the notions in any other place; yet he that reads them here, persuades himself that he has always felt them. Had Gray written often thus, it had been vain to blame, and useless to praise him.
Stran 415 - of which Dodsley told me, that they were brought to him by the author, that they might be fairly copied. "Almost every line," he said, "was then written twice over; I gave him a clean transcript, which he sent some time afterwards to me for the press, with almost every line
Stran 222 - English writer could supply. Perhaps no nation ever produced a writer that enriched his language with such variety of models. To him we owe the improvement, perhaps the completion of our metre, the refinement of our language, and much of the correctness of our sentiments. By him we were taught sapere &
Stran 335 - By the way, what rare numbers are here! Would not one swear that this youngster had espoused some antiquated Muse, who had sued out a divorce on account of impotence from some superannuated sinner; and, having been p—xed by; her former spouse, has got the gout in her decrepit age, which makes her hobble so
Stran 55 - Of institutions we may judge by their effects. From this wonder-working academy, I do not know that there ever proceeded any .man very eminent for knowledge : its only genuine product, I believe, is a small History of Poetry, written in Latin by his nephew Philips, of which perhaps none of my readers has ever heard.
Stran 357 - me very civilly, and with a speech each time, much of the same kind,' I beg your pardon, Mr. Pope; but there is something in that passage that does not quite please me.—Be so good as to mark the place, and consider it a little at your leisure. I'm sure you can give it a little
Stran 200 - untuning had found some other place. As from the power of sacred lays To all the bless'd above. So when the last and dreadful hour This crumbling pageant shall devour, The
Stran 461 - fantastick foppery, to which my kindness for a man of learning and of virtue wishes him to have been superior. Gray's Poetry is now to be considered: and I hope not to be looked on as an enemy to his name, if I confess that I contemplate it with less pleasure than his life.

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