Essays and Marginalia, Volume 2

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Page 319 - Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
Page 275 - The imperial ensign; which, full high advanced, Shone like a meteor, streaming -to the wind...
Page 22 - Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with a span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance...
Page 92 - I have chosen to write my poem in quatrains or stanzas of four in alternate rhyme, because I have ever judged them more noble and of greater dignity both for the sound and number than any other verse in use amongst us ; in which I am sure I have your approbation.
Page 87 - I intend to send you two or three poems of Mr Pope", the best poet of England, and at present, of all the world.
Page 73 - Read Homer once, and you can read no more ; For all books else appear so mean, so poor, Verse will seem prose : but still persist to read. And Homer will be all the books you need.
Page 4 - His muse was hide-bound, and the issue of 's brain Was seldom brought forth but with trouble and pain. And All that were present there did agree, A...
Page 243 - This exhibition has filled the heads of the Artists and lovers of art. Surely life, if it be not long, is tedious, since we are forced to call in the assistance of so many trifles to rid us of our time, of that time which never can return.
Page 129 - That Queen Bess should have desired to see Falstaff making love proves her to have been, as she was, a gross-minded old baggage. Shakespeare has evaded the difficulty with great skill. He knew that Falstaff could not be in love ; and has mixed but a little, a very little, pruritus with his fortune-hunting courtship. But the Falstaff of the Merry Wives is not the Falstaff of Henry IV.
Page 336 - ... sins, transgressions and excesses, how enormous soever they may be, even from such as are reserved for the cognizance of the Holy See; and as far as the...

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