A Series of Letters: By the Rev. William Tasker, A.B.

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Page 80 - Westward, much nearer by south-west, behold Where on the ^Egean shore a city stands Built nobly, pure the air, and light the soil ; Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts And eloquence, native to famous wits...
Page 82 - In brief sententious precepts, while they treat Of fate, and chance, and change in human life, High actions and high passions best describing : Thence to the famous orators repair, Those ancient, whose resistless eloquence Wielded at will that fierce democratic, Shook the' arsenal, and fulmined over Greece To Macedon and Artaxerxes
Page 114 - On his right fboulder his thick mane reclin'd, Ruffles at fpeed, and dances in the wind. His horny hoofs are jetty black and round, His chine is double; ftarting with a bound, He turns the turf, and fhakes the folid ground, Fire from his eyes, clouds from his noftrils flow : He bears his rider headlong on the foe.
Page 80 - Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts And eloquence, native to famous wits Or hospitable, in her sweet recess, City or suburban, studious walks and shades. See there the olive grove of Academe, Plato's retirement, where the Attic bird Trills her thick-warbled notes the summer long; There flowery hill Hymettus, with the sound Of bees...
Page 97 - Amid the troops, and like the leading god, High o'er the rest in arms the graceful Turnus rode: A triple pile of plumes his crest adorn'd, On which with belching flames Chimaera burn'd: The more the kindled combat rises high'r, The more with fury burns the blazing fire.
Page 97 - Last, from the Volscians fair Camilla came, And led her warlike troops, a warrior dame; Unbred to spinning, in the loom unskill'd, She chose the nobler Pallas of the field.
Page 67 - Th' imperial enfign, which full high advanc'd Shone like a meteor ftreaming to the wind, With gems and golden luftre rich imblaz'd, Seraphic...
Page 22 - Thro' both the Tendons broke the rugged Stone, And stripp'd the Skin, and crack'd the solid Bone. Sunk on his Knees and stagg'ring with his Pains, His falling Bulk his bended Arm sustains; 380 Lost in a dizzy Mist the Warrior lies; A sudden Cloud comes swimming o'er his Eyes.
Page 66 - Almighty hath not built Here for his envy; will not drive us hence; Here we may reign secure; and in my choice To reign is worth ambition, tho' in hell: Better to reign in hell than serve in heav'n.
Page 97 - Outstripp'd the winds in speed upon the plain, Flew o'er the fields, nor hurt the bearded grain: She swept the seas, and, as she skimm'd along, Her flying feet unbath'd on billows hung.

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