The Life of Fenelon, Archbishop of Cambray: To which are Added the Lives of St. Vincent of Paul and Henrie-Marie de Boudon : a Letter on Antient and Modern Music and Historical Minutes of the Society of Jesus

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John Murray, 1819 - 316 páginas
 

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Página 266 - The characteristick quality of his poem is sublimity. He sometimes descends to the elegant, but his element is the great. He can occasionally invest himself with grace ; but his natural port is gigantick loftiness *. He can please when .pleasure is required; but it is his peculiar power to astonish.
Página 266 - He can please when pleasure is required; but it is his peculiar power to astonish. He seems to have been well acquainted with his own genius, and to know what it was that nature had bestowed upon him more bountifully than upon others; the power of displaying the vast, illuminating the splendid, enforcing the awful, darkening the gloomy, and aggravating the dreadful...
Página 314 - J'ai vu des esprits vrais , des cœurs incorruptibles , Voués à la patrie , à leurs rois , à leur Dieu , A leurs propres maux insensibles , Prodigues de leurs jours , tendres , parfaits amis , Et souvent bienfaiteurs paisibles De leurs plus fougueux ennemis; Trop estimés enfin pour être moins haïs.
Página 296 - ... to studies foreign from their original education, or by the cultivation of arts to which they had not been bred, into notice and protection ; overcoming the prejudice of being strangers in a country where most strangers were prohibited, and where it was a crime to have abandoned the tombs of their ancestors, and gaining at length, establishments necessary for the propagation of their faith, without turning their influence to any personal advantage.
Página 115 - ... nothing weak, nothing sad, nothing constrained. It enlarges the heart; it is simple, free, and attractive. The kingdom of God does not consist in a scrupulous observance of trifling formalities; it is in each individual the performance of the duties that belong to his condition. A great prince ought not to serve God in the same manner as a hermit, or a private individual. Feeling as affectionate an interest in the happiness of the whole human race as in his own nation in particular, and being...
Página 90 - ... expected from a man of prayer, always writing at the foot of the cross ; but it abounds with passages of exquisite beauty, and contains some of true sublimity. A soft tinge of poetic, and, it may be said, of religious melancholy is shed over the whole, which seems to elevate it to real poetry, gives it an indescribable charm, and interests the reader, both for the author and his hero.
Página 314 - Je dois tous mes regrets aux sages que je quitte; J'en perds avec douleur l'entretien vertueux ; Et, si dans leurs foyers désormais je n'habite, Mon cœur me survit auprès d'eux ; Car ne les crois pas tels que la main de l'Envie Les peint à des yeux prévenus ; Si tu ne les connois que sur ce qu'en publie La ténébreuse Calomnie, Ils te sont encore inconnus. Lis, et vois de leurs mœurs des traits plus ingénus.
Página 62 - M eaux begins to find it difficult to establish his accusations of my doctrine ; the history of Madame de Guyon then comes to his aid, and he lays hold of it as an amusing tale, likely to make all his mistakes of my doctrine disappear and be forgotten. Thus, when he can no longer argue the point of doctrine, he attacks me personally ; he publishes on the house-top what before he only ventured to whisper: he has recourse to all that is most odious in human society. The secret of private letters written...
Página 261 - Augustine the monk, and the companions of his mission, had their audience of king Ethelbert, in the isle of Thanet, they approached him in procession, singing litanies ; and that, afterwards, when they entered the city of Canterbury, they sang a litany, and at the end of it, Allelujah.
Página 255 - In these words, the world, and the theatre, which represents the world, are equally reprobated. In the theatre, as in the world, all is sensuality, ostentation, and pride; in the theatre, as in the world, nothing but a love of these wretched things is inculcated.—All this and much more is said by the holy fathers, and all of it is applicable to the theatres of the present day.

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