Rambles Among Words: Their Poetry, History and Wisdom

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C. Scribner, 1859 - 302 páginas
 

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Página 261 - And bathed every veyne in swich licour. Of which vertu engendred is the flour; Whan Zephirus eek with his swete breeth Inspired hath in every holt and heeth The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne Hath in the Ram his halfe cours y-ronne, And smale fowles maken melodye, That slepen al the night with open ye, (So priketh hem nature in hir corages), Than longen folk to goon on pilgrimages...
Página 71 - Hence in a season of calm weather, Though inland far we be, Our Souls have sight of that immortal sea Which brought us hither, Can in a moment travel thither, And see the Children sport upon the shore, And hear the mighty waters rolling evermore...
Página 54 - Mother of this unfathomable world ! Favour my solemn song, for I have loved Thee ever, and thee only : I have watched Thy shadow, and the darkness of thy steps, And my heart ever gazes on the depth Of thy deep mysteries.
Página 24 - We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths; In feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives Who thinks most — feels the noblest — acts the best.
Página 187 - The hand that rounded Peter's dome And groined the aisles of Christian Rome Wrought in a sad sincerity; Himself from God he could not free; He builded better than he knew; The conscious stone to beauty grew.
Página 57 - ... needed to shape and coin a word for, — what thou callest a metaphor, trope, or the like ? For every word we have, there was such a man and poet. The coldest word was once a glowing new metaphor, and bold questionable originality. " Thy very ATTENTION, does it not mean an attentio, a STRETCHING-TO ? " Fancy that act of the mind, which all were conscious of, which none had yet named, — when this new " poet " first felt bound and driven to name it ! His questionable originality, and new glowing...
Página 69 - In fact, unity, agreement is always silent, or soft-voiced ; it is only discord that loudly proclaims itself. So long as the several elements of Life, all fitly adjusted, can pour forth their movement like harmonious tuned strings, it is a melody and unison ; Life, from its mysterious fountains, flows out as in celestial music and diapason, — which also, like that other music of the spheres, even because it is perennial and complete, without interruption and without imperfection, might be fabled...
Página 121 - Not poppy, nor mandragora, Nor all the drowsy syrops of the world Shall ever medicine thee to that sweet sleep Which thou owedst yesterday. Massinger's is a general rhetorical question, the language just and pure, but colourless. Shakespeare's has particular significance; and the adjective 'drowsy* and the verb 'medicine
Página 60 - 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 86 - Money. Yet hereby did Barter grow Sale, the Leather Money is now Golden and Paper, and all miracles have been out-miracled : for there are Rothschilds and English National Debts ; and whoso has sixpence is Sovereign (to the length of sixpence...

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