The Works of Samuel Johnson: Lives of the poets

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W. Pickering, London; and Talboys and Wheeler, Oxford, 1825

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Strona 427 - he is never rapid, and he never stagnates. His sentences have neither studied amplitude, nor affected brevity: his periods, though not diligently rounded, are voluble and easy. Whoever wishes to attain an English style, familiar but not coarse, and elegant but not ostentatious, must give his days and nights to the volumes of Addison.
Strona 57 - author would his brother kill. And Pope, Should such a man, too fond to rule alone, Bear like the Turk no brother near the throne. But this is not the best of his little pieces: it is excelled by his poem to Fanshaw, and his elegy on Cowley. His praise of Fanshaw's version of Guarini contains a
Strona 30 - other do. And though it in the centre sit, Yet, when the other far doth roam, It leans, and hearkens after it, And grows erect, as that comes home. Such wilt thou be to me, who must Like th' other foot obliquely run, Thy firmness makes my circle just, And makes me end where I begun.
Strona 289 - and I could wish the antithesis of musick untuning had found some other place : As from the power of sacred lays The spheres began to move, And sung the great creator's praise To all the bless'd above : So, when the last and dreadful hour This crumbling pageant shall devour, The trumpet shall be heard on high, The dead
Strona 46 - tall ship's mast should be. Milton of Satan : His spear, to equal which the tallest pine Hewn on Norwegian hills, to be the mast Of some great admiral, were but a wand, He walked with.
Strona 291 - was not conscious: Then we upon our orb's last verge shall go, And see the ocean leaning on the sky ; From thence our rolling neighbours we shall know, And on the lunar world securely pry. These lines have no meaning; but may we not say, in imitation of Cowley on another book, many sentiments either great or
Strona 289 - Then cold and hot, and moist and dry, In order to their stations leap, And musick's power obey. From harmony, from heavenly harmony, This universal frame began ; From harmony to harmony Through all the compass of the notes it ran, The diapason closing full in man. The conclusion is likewise striking; but it includes an image so awful in itself, that it can owe little to
Strona 406 - Fir'd with that name— I bridle in my struggling muse with pain, That longs to launch into a nobler strain. To bridle a goddess is no very delicate idea; but why must she be bridled ? because she longs to launch;
Strona 326 - which I have not some advantage from his friendship. At this man's table I enjoyed many cheerful and instructive hours, with companions such as are not often found; with one who has lengthened, and one who has gladdened life; with Dr. James, whose skill in physick will be
Strona 60 - On Cowley. To him no author was unknown, Yet what he wrote was all his own; Horace's wit, and Virgil's state, He did not steal, but emulate ! And, when he would like them appear, Their garb, but not their clothes, did wear. As one of Denham's principal claims to the regard of posterity arises from his improvement of our numbers,

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