The Quarterly Review, Volume 240

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J. Murray, 1923 - English literature
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Page 109 - An idle poet, here and there, Looks round him; but, for all the rest, The world, unfathomably fair, Is duller than a witling's jest. Love wakes men, once a lifetime each; They lift their heavy lids, and look; And, lo, what one sweet page can teach, They read with joy, then shut the book. And some give thanks, and some blaspheme, And most forget; but, either way, That and the Child's unheeded dream Is all the light of all their day.
Page 235 - The importation of arms, ammunition, gunpowder, or any other goods may be prohibited by Proclamation or Order in Council.
Page 186 - Yet, Freedom ! yet thy banner, torn, but flying, Streams like the thunder-storm against the wind; Thy trumpet voice, though broken now and dying, The loudest still the tempest leaves behind; Thy tree hath lost its blossoms, and the rind...
Page 148 - The great pest of speech is frequency of translation. No book was ever turned from one language into another, without imparting something of its native idiom; this is the most mischievous and comprehensive innovation; single words may enter by thousands, and the fabrick of the tongue continue the same; but new phraseology changes much at once; it alters not the single stones of the building, but the order of the columns.
Page 187 - But there are also some callings which, though useful and even necessary in a state, bring no particular advantage or pleasure to any individual; and the supreme power is obliged to alter its conduct with regard to the retainers of those professions. It must give them public encouragement in order to their subsistence ; and it must provide against that negligence, to which they will naturally be subject, eitKer by annexing...
Page 112 - For, ah, who can express How full of bonds and simpleness Is God, How narrow is He, And how the wide, waste field of possibility Is only trod Straight to His homestead in the human heart, And all His art Is as the babe's that wins his Mother to repeat Her little song...
Page 153 - From the authors which rose in the time of Elizabeth, a speech might be formed adequate to all the purposes of use and elegance.
Page 113 - WHAT rumour'd heavens are these Which not a poet sings, O, Unknown Eros ? What this breeze Of sudden wings Speeding at far returns of time from interstellar space To fan my very face, And gone as fleet, Through delicatest ether feathering soft their solitary beat, With ne'er a light plume dropp'd, nor any trace To speak of whence they came, or whither they depart ? And why this palpitating heart, This blind and unrelated joy, This meaningless desire, That moves me...
Page 153 - If the language of theology were extracted from Hooker and the translation of the Bible ; the terms of natural knowledge from Bacon; the phrases of policy, war, and navigation from Raleigh; the dialect of poetry and fiction from Spenser and Sidney; and the diction of common life from Shakespeare, few ideas would be lost to mankind, for want of English words, in which they might be expressed.
Page 187 - Most of the arts and professions in a state,' says by far the most illustrious philosopher and historian of the present age, ' are of such a ' nature that, while they promote the interests of the society, they are ' also useful or agreeable to some individuals ; and in that case, the ' constant rule of the magistrate, except, perhaps, on the first...

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