Characteristics of Leigh Hunt: As Exhibited in that Typical Literary Periodical, "Leigh Hunt's London Journal" (1834-35). With Illustrative Notes

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Simpkin, Marshall, and Company, 1878 - 57 pages

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Page 11 - In my former days, of bliss. Her divine skill taught me this, That from everything I saw I could some invention draw, And raise pleasure to her height Through the meanest object's sight. By the murmur of a spring, Or the least bough's...
Page 54 - One lesson, shepherd, let us two divide, Taught both by what she shows, and what conceals Never to blend our pleasure or our pride With sorrow of the meanest thing that feels.
Page 4 - To carry on the feelings of childhood into the powers of manhood ; to combine the child's sense of wonder and novelty with the appearances, which every day for perhaps forty years had rendered familiar ; " With sun and moon and stars throughout the year, And man and woman ;" this is the character and privilege of genius, and one of the marks which distinguish genius from talents.
Page 46 - FLOWER in the crannied wall, I pluck you out of the crannies, I hold you here, root and all, in my hand, Little flower but if I could understand What you are, root and all, and all in all, I should know what God and man is.
Page 51 - O let no native Londoner imagine that health, and rest, and innocent occupation, interchange of converse sweet, and recreative study, can make the country anything better than altogether odious and detestable! A garden was the primitive prison, till man, with Promethean felicity and boldness, luckily sinned himself out of it.
Page 55 - ... at once a little line of insufferable brightness that (before I can write these five words) was grown to half an orb, and now to a whole one too glorious to be distinctly seen. It is very odd it makes no figure on paper ; yet I shall remember it as long as the sun, or at least as long as I endure. I wonder whether anybody ever saw it before ? I hardly believe it.
Page 44 - I shall cherish the hope of the play's being only deferred ; which indeed is possible, perhaps probable ; though Phelps leaves the point in mysterious condition. But what a blessed thing not to be so anxious about it as I was ! And what a beatitude to find myself, at last, actually paying as I go, and incurring no more bills ! I hardly seem to have yet recovered the delightful stunning of the security and the silence ! I received yesterday another letter from Lord John, most pleasant and friendly...
Page 52 - He, too, is no mean preacher: Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher. She has a world of ready wealth, Our minds and hearts to bless Spontaneous wisdom breathed by health, Truth breathed by cheerfulness. One impulse from a vernal wood May teach you more of man, Of moral evil and of good, Than all the sages can.
Page 4 - I have said that he was a beautiful old man. In truth, I never saw a finer countenance, either as to the mould of features or the expression, nor any that showed the play of feeling so perfectly without the slightest theatrical emphasis. It was like a child's face in this respect. At my first glimpse of him, when he met us in the entry, I discerned that he was old, his long hair being white and his wrinkles many...
Page 34 - ... it is because Love sustains, and because the heart also is a flower which has a right to be tranquil in the garden of the All-wise.

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