Letters of Anna Seward: Written Between the Years 1784 and 1807, Volume 6

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A. Constable, 1811 - 432 páginas
 

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Página 225 - Whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses, whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings.
Página 279 - How small, of all that human hearts endure, That part which laws or kings can cause or cure.
Página 75 - ON Jura's heath how sweetly swell The murmurs of the mountain bee, How softly mourns the writhed shell Of Jura's shore, its parent sea ! But softer, floating o'er the deep, The mermaid's sweet sea-soothing lay, That charmed the dancing waves to sleep, Before the bark of Colonsay.
Página 212 - The pebble must be polished with care, which hopes to be valued as a diamond ; and words ought surely to be laboured, when they are intended to stand for things.
Página 270 - ... inspiration Not less astonishing than was Johnson's memory is that of Mr Scott ; like Johnson, also, his recitation is too monotonous and violent to do justice either to his own writings or those of others. The stranger guest delighted us all by the unaffected charms of his mind and manners. Such visits are among the most high-prized honours which my writings have procured for me.
Página 269 - the poetically great Walter Scott came 'like a sunbeam to my dwelling.' This proudest boast of the Caledonian muse is tall, and rather robust than slender, but lame in the same manner as Mr. Hayley, and in a greater measure. Neither the contour of his face nor yet his features are elegant ; his complexion healthy, and somewhat fair, without bloom. We find the singularity...
Página 267 - Oh! while along the stream of Time thy name Expanded flies, and gathers all its fame, Say, shall my little bark attendant sail, Pursue the triumph, and partake the gale?
Página 69 - That fires the length of Ophiuchus huge In the Arctic sky, and from his horrid hair Shakes pestilence and war.
Página 137 - Christ, and he is fighting for his own notions. He thinks that he is skilfully searching the hearts of others, when he is only gratifying the malignity of his own, and charitably supposes his hearers destitute of all grace, that he may shine the more in his own eyes by comparison.
Página 271 - On looking at a few of the passages, and comparing them with the original, he said there was power and skill in having breathed so much spirit into a translation so nearly literal ; but he confessed his inability to find pleasure in that author, even in his own language, which Mr S. perfectly understands. The plan, he said, appeared to him unhappy, as it was singular, and the personal malignity and strange mode of revenge, presumptuous and uninteresting.

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