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 108 - 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!
Page 90 - See, how some noble river's swelling tide, Augmented by the mountains' melting snows, Breaks from its banks, and o'er the region flows ! Hence fruitful crops and flowery wealth ensue, And to the swain such mighty gains accrue, He ne'er reproaches Heaven for want of dew. See, and revere, th...
Page 224 - Thee her Author, and ador'd Thy throne ; Able to know, admire, enjoy her GOD, She did her high felicity applaud. Since Thou didst all the spacious worlds display, Homage to Thee let all obedient pay.
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 69 - 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 drowsy swain and...
Page 145 - Wild and unpeopled, or by man or beast. Who will our orb's unequal face explain, Which Epicurus made all smooth and plain ? How did thy rocks, O earth! thy hills, arise? How did thy giant sons invade the skies ? Lucretius, ' that it happen'd thus,
Page 198 - Restrains, or sends his ministers abroad; Swift and obedient to his high command, They stir a finger, or they lift a hand; They tune our voices, or they move our eyes; By these we walk, or from the ground arise ; By these we turn, by these the body bend; Contract a limb at pleasure, or extend.
Page 39 - 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 33 - Is it the transgression of any human law? Tell me what obligation he is under to obey any human law, if no divine law enforces such obedience?
Page 55 - Transfix the clouds, and tower amidst the skies ; The snowy fleeces, which their heads involve, Still stay in part, and still in part dissolve; Torrents and loud impetuous cataracts...

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