Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58

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William Blackwood, 1845

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Page 252 - For thee we dim the eyes, and stuff the head With all such reading as was never read : For thee explain a thing till all men doubt it, And write. about it, goddess, and about it : So spins the silk-worm small its slender store, And labours till it clouds itself all o'er.
Page 306 - I once before took leave to remind your Lordships which was unnecessary, but there are many whom it may be needful to remind that an advocate, by the sacred duty which he owes his client, knows, in the discharge of that office, but one person in the world, that client and none other.
Page 249 - Nor public flame, nor private dares to shine; Nor human spark is left, nor glimpse divine Lo, thy dread empire, Chaos ! is restored; Light dies before thy uncreating word : Thy hand, great Anarch, lets the curtain fall, And universal darkness buries all.
Page 231 - My son, advance Still in new impudence, new ignorance. Success let others teach, learn thou from me Pangs without birth, and fruitless industry. Let virtuosos in five years be writ; Yet not one thought accuse thy toil of wit.
Page 365 - Railing in other men may be a crime, But ought to pass for mere instinct in him; Instinct he follows and no farther knows, For to write verse with him is to transprose. 'Twere pity treason at his door to lay, Who makes heaven's gate a lock to its own key...
Page 366 - But thou in clumsy verse, unlickt, unpointed, Hast shamefully defied the Lord's anointed. I will not rake the dunghill of thy crimes, For who would read thy life that reads thy rhymes ? But of King David's foes, be this the doom, May all be like the young man Absalom ; And, for my foes, may this their blessing be, To talk like Doeg, and to write like thee...
Page 231 - The sire then shook the honours of his head; And from his brows damps of oblivion shed Full on the filial...
Page 246 - Through school and college, thy kind cloud o'ercast, Safe and unseen the young ./Eneas pass'd : Thence bursting glorious, all at once let down, Stunn'd with his giddy 'larum half the town. Intrepid then, o'er seas and lands he flew : Europe he saw, and Europe saw him too.
Page 231 - And, in his father's right, and realm's defence, Ne'er to have peace with wit, nor truce with sense. The king himself the sacred unction made, As king by office, and as priest by trade. In his sinister hand, instead of ball, He plac'da mighty mug of potent ale ; Love's kingdom...
Page 246 - Thou, only thou, directing all our way ! To where the Seine, obsequious as she runs, Pours at great Bourbon's feet her silken sons ; Or Tiber, now no longer Roman, rolls, Vain of Italian arts, Italian souls : To happy convents, bosom'd deep in vines, Where slumber abbots, purple as their wines : To isles of fragrance, lily-silver'd vales, Diffusing languor in the panting gales : To lands of singing, or of dancing slaves, Love-whispering woods, and lute-resounding waves.

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