The Works of the English Poets: With Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, Volume 59

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H. Hughs, 1779
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Page 4 - monly called Genius. The true Genius is a mind of large general powers, Accidentally determined to fome particular direction; The great painter of | the prefent age had the firft fondnefs ; -for his art excited by the perufal of / Richardfon's treatife. By his mother's felicitation he was Admitted into
Page 3 - from Sprat's account, that he always acknowledged her care, and juftly paid the dues of filial gratitude. * In the window of his mother's apartment lay Spenfer's Fairy Queen ; in which he very early took delight to read, till, by feeling the charms of verfe, he became, as he relates,
Page 76 - It leans, and hearkens after it, And grows erect, as that comes home. Such wilt thou be to me, who muft Like th' other foot, obliquely run. Thy firmnefs makes my
Page 96 - between God and the human foul, cannot be poetical. Man admitted to implore the merey of his Creator, and plead the merits of his Redeemer, is already in a higher ftate than poetry can confer. The eflence of poetry is invention; fuch invention as, by producing
Page 39 - blows; Your youth and beauty are this balm in you. But, you of learning and religion, And virtue and fuch ingredients, have made A mithridate, whofe operation Keeps off, or cures what can be done or faid. Though the following lines of Donne, on the laft night of the year, havefomething in them too
Page 78 - tis not to adorn and gild each part, That fhews more coft than art.. Jewels at nofe and lips but ill appear; Rather than all things wit, let none be there. Several lights will not be feen, If there be nothing
Page 111 - narrative, .and to repofe on its veracity with fuch humble confidence, as fupprefles curiofity. We go with the hiftorian as he goes, and flop with him when he flops. All amplification is frivolous and vain; all addition to that which is already fufficient for the purpofes of religion,
Page 24 - that were placed near. him, and then went with them out of the church, leaving the reft in folicitude and amazement. They immediately fent guards to proper places, and that night apprehended Tomkyns and Waller; having yet traced nothing but that letters had been intercepted, from which it appeared that the parliament and the
Page 31 - not limited by exceptions, and in defcriptions not defcending to minutenefs. It is with great propriety that Subtlety, which in its original import means exility of particles, is taken in its metaphorical meaning for nicety of diftinction. Thofe writers who

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