Chambers's Repository of Instructive and Amusing Tracts

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William and Robert Chambers

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Page 19 - Every reader knows the straight and narrow path as well as he knows a road in which he has gone backward and forward a hundred times. This is the highest miracle of genius, that things which are not should be as though they were, that the imaginations of one mind should become the personal recollections of another.
Page 9 - ... in the heavens above, or in the earth beneath, or in the waters under the earth.
Page 24 - The forward violet thus did I chide : Sweet thief, whence didst thou steal thy sweet that smells, If not from my love's breath ? The purple pride Which on thy soft cheek for complexion dwells In my love's veins thou hast too grossly dyed.
Page 20 - I cannot but extract the following: —"The style of Bunyan Is delightful to every reader, and Invaluable as a study to every person who wishes to obtain a wide command over the English language. The vocabulary- Is the vocabulary of the common people. There Is not an expression, if we except a few technical terms of theology, which would puzzle the rudest peasant We have observed several pages which do not contain s single word of more than two syllables.
Page 18 - Yea, that thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel. Psalm 129. Scepe expugnaverunt. MANY a time have they fought against me from my youth \ up, may Israel now say; 2 Yea, many a time have they vexed me from my youth up; but they have not prevailed against me.
Page 24 - For aged folks on crutches, And women great with child, And mothers sobbing over babes That clung to them and smiled, And sick men borne in litters High on the necks of slaves, And troops of sunburned husbandmen With reaping-hooks and staves, xv And droves of mules and asses...
Page 15 - La Fontaine was in society a mere simpleton. His blunders would not come in amiss among the stories of Hierocles. But these men attained literary eminence in spite of their weaknesses. Boswell attained it by reason of his weaknesses. If he had not been a great fool, he would never have been a great writer.
Page 26 - When the oldest cask is opened, And the largest lamp is lit ; When the chestnuts glow in the embers, And the kid turns on the spit ; When young and old in circle Around the firebrands close ; When the girls are weaving baskets, And the lads are shaping bows ; LXX.
Page 18 - Pilgrim's Progress." That wonderful book, while it obtains admiration from the most fastidious critics, is loved by those who are too simple to admire it. Dr. Johnson, all whose studies were desultory, and who hated, as he said, to read books through, made an exception in favor of the
Page 20 - Wiseman and my Lord Hategood, Mr. Talkative, and Mrs. Timorous, all are actually existing beings to us. We follow the travellers through their allegorical progress with interest not inferior to that with which we follo\y Elizabeth from Siberia to Moscow, or Jeanie Deans from Edinburgh to London.

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