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And now a parting word is due from him
Nature denied him much, But gave
him at his birth what most he values ;
Nature denied him much, but gave
Though from his cheek, ere yet the down was there,
'Tis now long since ;
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“ Lines of eleven syllables occur almost in every page of Milton ; but though they are not unpleasing, they ought not to be admitted into heroic poetry; since the narrow limits of our language allow us no other distinction of epic and tragic measures.” JOHNSON.
It is remarkable that He used them most at last. In the Paradise Regained they occur oftener than in the Paradise Lost in the proportion of ten to one; and let it be remembered that they supply us with another close, another cadence ; that they add, as it were, a string to the instrument; and, by enabling the Poet to relax at pleasure, to rise and fall with his subject, contribute what is most wanted, compass, variety.
Shakespeare seems to have delighted in them, and in some of his soliloquies has used them four and five times in succession ; an example I have not followed in mine. As in the following instance, where the subject is solemn beyond all others.
To be, or not to be, &c.
eloquence, and should therefore be used in the drama ; but why exclusively? Horace, as we learn from himself, admitted the Musa Pedestris in bis happiest hours, in those when he was most at his ease; and we cannot regret her visits. To her we are indebted for more than half he has left us; nor was she ever at his elbow in greater dishabille, than when he wrote the celebrated Journey to Brundusium.
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There is no describing in words; but the following lines were written on the spot, and may serve perhaps to recall to some of my readers what they have seen in this enchanting country.
I love to watch in silence till the Sun
Such moments are most precious. Yet there are