PHILOTHEA : A Grecian Romance

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Página 3 - The intelligible forms of ancient poets, The fair humanities of old religion, The power, the beauty, and the majesty, That had their haunts in dale, or piny mountain, Or forest, by slow stream, or pebbly spring, Or chasms and watery depths ; all these have vanished. They live no longer in the faith of reason ! But still the heart doth need a language ; still Doth the old instinct bring back the old names.
Página 260 - Oromasdes be praised, that I am once more permitted to hear that welcome sound ! No music is so pleasant to my ears as that word — father. Zoroaster tells us that children are a bridge joining this earth to a heavenly paradise, filled with fresh springs and blooming gardens. Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father ! But, my daughter, why is it that the commands of Phidias would have made you unhappy'?
Página 48 - Such, no doubt, is the tendency of all reflecting minds/ said Phidias; 'but in general, the mere forms are worshipped, apart from the sacred truths they represent. The gods we have introduced from Egypt are regarded, by the priests of that learned land, as emblems of certain divine truths brought down from ancient times. They are like the...
Página 42 - To-day I'll haste to quaff my wine, As if to-morrow ne'er should shine ; But if to-morrow comes, why then — I'll haste to quaff my wine again. And thus, while all our days are bright, Nor time has dimmed their bloomy light, Let us the festal hours beguile With mantling cup and cordial smile ; And shed from every bowl of wine The richest drop on Bacchus...
Página 7 - INSCRIBED. PREFACE. THIS volume is purely romance ; and most readers will consider it romance of the wildest kind. A few kindred spirits, prone to people space "with life and mystical predominance," will perceive a light within the Grecian Temple. For such I have written it. To minds of different mould, who may think an apology necessary for what they will deem so utterly useless, I have nothing better to offer than the simple fact that I found delight in doing it. PHILOTHEA. CHAPTER I. HERE let...
Página 215 - As a poor father, helpless and undone, Mourns o'er the ashes of an only son, Takes a sad pleasure the last bones to burn, And...
Página 26 - ... gave it in ; and the recording angel — dropped a tear upon it, and blotted it out forever. 4. Would not many persons be very much surprised, if their ideas of heavenly joys, should be exhibited hereafter, to show them their falsity?
Página 286 - If the custom continues," rejoined Phidias, "it will indeed require a life-time as long as that conferred upon the namesake of Tithonus." " Thanks to the munificence of artists, every deity has a representative in my dwelling,
Página 48 - She looked at Pericles, and saw that he again cautioned her, by raising the rose toward his face, as if inhaling its fragrance. There was a brief pause, which Anaxagoras interrupted, by saying, " The wise can never reverence images merely as images. There is a mystical meaning in the Athenian manner of supplicating the gods with garlands on their heads, and bearing in their hands boughs of olive twined with wool. Pallas, at whose birth we are told gold rained upon the earth, was unquestionably a...
Página 3 - On every side encountered, in despite Of the gross fictions chanted in the streets By wandering Rhapsodists ; and in contempt Of doubt and bold denial hourly urged Amid the wrangling schools — a spirit hung, Beautiful region ! o'er thy towns and farms, Statues and temples, and memorial tombs ; And emanations were perceived ; and acts Of immortality, in Nature's course, Exemplified by mysteries, that were felt As bonds, on grave philosopher imposed, And armed warrior ; and in every grove A gay or...

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