The British Essayists: Rambler

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Alexander Chalmers
C. and J. Rivington, 1823
 

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Сторінка 137 - Here love his golden shafts employs, here lights His constant lamp, and waves his purple wings, Reigns here and revels...
Сторінка 175 - Soft is the strain when Zephyr gently blows, And the smooth stream in smoother numbers flows ; But when loud surges lash the sounding shore, The hoarse, rough verse should like the torrent roar.
Сторінка 260 - Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise: He who defers this work from day to day, Does on a river's bank expecting stay Till the whole stream which stopp'd him should be gone, Which runs, and, as it runs, for ever will run on.
Сторінка 148 - Italian, the most mellifluous of all modern poetry, seems fully convinced of the unfitness of our language for smooth versification, and is therefore pleased with an opportunity of calling in a softer word to his assistance : for this reason, and I believe for this only, he sometimes indulges himself in a long series of proper names, and introduces them where they add little but music to his poem : — The richer seat Of Atabalipa, and yet unspoil'd Guiana, whose great city Gerion's sons Call El...
Сторінка 26 - As he passed along, his ears were delighted with the morning song of the bird of paradise ; he was fanned by the last flutters of the sinking breeze, and sprinkled with dew by groves of spices. He sometimes contemplated the towering height of the oak, monarch of the hills ; and sometimes caught the gentle fragrance of the primrose, eldest daughter of the spring ; all his senses were gratified, and all care was banished from his heart.
Сторінка 187 - Up to our native seat : descent and fall To us is adverse. Who but felt of late, When the fierce foe hung on our broken rear Insulting, and pursu'd us through the deep, With what compulsion and laborious flight 80 We sunk thus low ? th...
Сторінка 147 - Laurel and myrtle, and what higher grew Of firm and fragrant leaf; on either side Acanthus, and each odorous bushy shrub...
Сторінка 138 - But thou hast promised from us two a race To fill the earth, who shall with us extol Thy goodness infinite, both when we wake. And when we seek, as now, thy gift of sleep.
Сторінка 108 - Whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, even so do unto them ; for this is the law and the prophets.
Сторінка 26 - He did not, however, forget whither he was travelling, but found a narrow way bordered with flowers, which appeared to have the same direction with the main road, and was pleased that, by this happy experiment, he had found means to unite pleasure with business, and to gain the rewards of diligence without suffering its fatigues.

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