The Works of the English Poets: With Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, Volume 24

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Samuel Johnson
C. Bathurst, 1779
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Page 109 - ... vein ? Does not the river from the mountain flow, And bring down riches to the vale below ? See how the torrent rolls the golden sand From the high ridges to the flatter land. The lofty lines abound with endless store Of mineral treasure, and metallic ore ; With precious veins of silver, copper, tin, Without how barren, yet how rich within ! They bear the pine, the oak and cedar yield. To form the palace, and the navy build.
Page 112 - tis not, mortal man, a transient life, like thine> Others, to whom the whole mechanic tribe With an harmonious sympathy subscribe, Nature with empire universal crown, And this high queen the world's creator own. If you, what builder rear'd the world demand, They say 'twas done by nature's powerful hand. If whence its order and its beauty rose, Nature, they say, did so the frame dispose.
Page 192 - TV admitted nitre agitates the flood, .Revives its fire, and referments the blood. Behold, the streams now change their languid blue, Regain their glory, and their flame renew. With scarlet honours re-adorn'd the tide Leaps on, and bright with more than Tyrian pride, Advances to the heart, and fills -the cave On the left side, which the first motion gave. Now through the same involv'd arterial ways, Again th' exploded jets th
Page 166 - tis the final, we the' efficient want ; With greater swiftness if the spheres were whirl'd, The motion given to this inferior world Too violent had been for nature's use, Of too great force mix'd bodies to produce ; The elements, air, water, earth, and fire, Which now to make compounded things...
Page 97 - The' alternate sovereigns of the night and day; View the wide earth adorn'd with hills and woods, Rich in her herds, and fertile by her floods ; Walk through the deep apartments of the main, Ascend the air to visit clouds and rain ; And, while we...
Page 71 - His course diurnal and his annual run; How in his glorious race he moves along, -Gay as a bridegroom, as a giant strong, How his unvary'd labour he repeats, Returns at morning, and at eve retreats; And by the distribution of his light, Now gives to man the day, and now the night: Night, when the...
Page 41 - And in their motions still that end regard, Always the fitness of the means respect, These as conducive choose, and those reject Must by a judgment foreign and unknown Be guided to their end, or by their own ; For to...
Page 100 - His cause, if we the argument retort. If chance alone could manage, sort, divide, And, beings to produce, your atoms guide ; If casual concourse did the world compose, And things from hits fortuitous arose, Then any thing might come from any thing, For how from chance can constant order spring? The forest oak might bear the blushing rose, And fragrant myrtles thrive in Russian snows. The fair pomegranate might adorn the pine, The grape the bramble, and the sloe the vine.
Page 67 - Defrauders just, and sycophants sincere. With amorous language, and bewitching smiles. Attractive airs, and all the lover's wiles, The fair Egyptian Jacob's son caress'd, Hung on his neck, and languish'd on his breast; Courted with freedom now the beauteous slave, Now flattering sued, and threatening, now did rave ; But not the various eloquence of love, Nor power enrag'd, could his fix'd virtue move. See, aw'd by Heaven, the blooming Hebrew flies Her artful tongue, and more persuasive eyes ; And,...
Page 7 - No one, therefore, is to be reputed an atheist, or an enemy to religion, upon the account of any erroneous opinion, from which another may, by a long chain of sequels, draw that conclusion ; much less for holding any doctrines in philosophy, which the common people are not able to examine or comprehend, who, when they meddle •with speculations of which they are unqualified to judge, will be as apt to censure a philosopher for an atheist, as an astronomer for a magician.

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