Carlyles' Works: Critical and miscellaneous essays

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Сторінка 274 - All the faculties of Burns's mind were, as far as I could judge, equally vigorous ; and his predilection for poetry was rather the result of his own enthusiastic and impassioned temper, than of a genius exclusively adapted to that species of composition. From his conversation I should have pronounced him to be fitted to excel in whatever walk of ambition he had chosen to exert his abilities.
Сторінка 235 - But what a task was it not only to be patient with the Earth, and let it lie beneath us, we appealing to a higher birthplace; but also to...
Сторінка 218 - To griefs congenial prone, More wounds than nature gave he knew, While misery's form his fancy drew In dark ideal hues, and horrors not its own.
Сторінка 276 - Are we a piece of machinery, which, like the /Eolian harp, passive, takes the impression of the passing accident ; or do these workings argue something within us above the trodden clod ? I own myself partial to such proofs of those awful and important realities : a God that made all things, man's immaterial and immortal nature, and a world of weal or wo beyond death and the grave.
Сторінка 264 - quick to learn ; ' a man of keen vision, before whom common disguises afforded no concealment. His understanding saw through the hollowness even of accomplished deceivers ; but there was a generous credulity in his heart. And so did our Peasant show himself among us; 'a soul like an JSolian harp, in whose strings the vulgar wind, as it passed through them, changed itself into articulate melody.
Сторінка 358 - Nemesis visiting the sins of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation...
Сторінка 468 - These things, which we state lightly enough here, are yet of deep import, and indicate a mighty change in our whole manner of existence. For the same habit regulates not our modes of action alone, but our modes of thought and feeling. Men are grown mechanical in head and in heart, as well as in hand.
Сторінка 299 - of this class, which, though adopted in Carrie's Narrative, and since then repeated in most others, we have all along felt an invincible disposition to regard as imaginary : ' On a rock that projected into the stream, they saw a man employed in angling, of a singular appearance. He had a cap made of fox skin on his head, a loose greatcoat fixed round him by a belt, from which depended an enormous Highland broad-sword. It was Burns.
Сторінка 480 - ... one man that has a higher Wisdom, a hitherto unknown spiritual Truth in him, is stronger, not than ten men that have it not, or than ten thousand, but than all men that have it not; and stands among them with a quite ethereal, angelic power, as with a sword out of Heaven's own armory, sky-tempered, which no buckler, and no tower of brass, will finally withstand.
Сторінка 294 - I may truly say, Virgilium vidi tantiim. I was a lad of fifteen in 1786-87, when he came first to Edinburgh, but had sense and feeling enough to be much interested in his poetry, and would have given the world to know him : but I had very little acquaintance with any literary people, and still less with the gentry of the west country, the two sets that he most frequented. Mr. Thomas Grierson was at that time a clerk of my father's. He knew Burns, and promised to ask him to his lodgings to dinner...

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