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Pagina 238 - For if men will impartially, and not asquint, look toward the offices and function of a poet, they will easily conclude to themselves the impossibility of any man's being the good poet, without first being a good man.
Pagina 95 - Christ is the king's attorney, Who pleads for all without degrees, And He hath angels, but no fees. And when the grand twelve million jury Of our sins, with direful fury, Against our souls black verdicts give, Christ pleads His death, and then we live.
Pagina 95 - Just at the stroke, when my veins start and spread, Set on my soul an everlasting head ! Then am I ready, like a palmer fit, To tread those blest paths which before I writ. Of death and judgment, heaven and hell, Who oft doth think, must needs die well.
Pagina 94 - High walls of coral and pearly bowers. From thence to heaven's bribeless hall, Where no corrupted voices brawl; No conscience molten into gold...
Pagina 192 - English undented, so might Stanihurst be denominated the common sewer of the language. He is, however, a very entertaining, and to a philologist, a very instructive writer. His version of the four first books of the ^Eneid is exceedingly rare, and deserves to be reprinted for its incomparable oddity.
Pagina 93 - Give me my scallop-shell of quiet, My staff of faith to walk upon. My scrip of joy, immortal diet, My bottle of salvation, My gown of glory, hope's true gage; And thus I'll take my pilgrimage.
Pagina 167 - The ice had cracks and large fissures in many places, some of which formed chasms of one or two feet wide; but as they are not uncommon even in its best state, and the dogs easily leap over them, the sledge following without danger, they are only terrible to new comers.
Pagina 171 - The travellers had hardly time to reflect with gratitude to God on their safety, when that part of the ice from which they had just now made good their landing burst asunder, and the water forcing itself from below, covered and precipitated it into the sea. In an instant, as if by a signal given, the whole mass of ice, extending for several miles from the coast, and as far as the eye could reach, began to burst, and be overwhelmed by the immense waves.
Pagina 167 - ... grating and roaring noise was heard, as if ascending from the abyss. The weather remained clear, except towards the east, where a bank of light clouds appeared, interspersed with some dark streaks. But the wind being strong from the North-west, nothing less than a sudden change of weather was expected.