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" Westward the course of empire takes its way, The four first acts already past, A fifth shall close the drama with the day : Time's noblest offspring is the last. "
Poems - Page 294
by Samuel Rogers - 1834 - 295 pages
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Pacific Destiny: The Three-Century Journey to the Oregon Country

Dale L. Walker - History - 2002 - 480 pages
...23 Waiilatpu 406 24 Last Trails 424 Epilogue 445 Sources 451 Bibliography 454 Index 463 Westward the course of empire takes its way; The four first Acts already past. A fifth shall close the Drama of the Day; Time's noblest offspring is the last. —Bishop George Berkeley (1685-1753) Eastward I...
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The Global Eighteenth Century

Felicity A. Nussbaum, Johns Hopkins University Press - History - 2003 - 385 pages
..."The rise of Empire and of Arts" (13-14), concluding on an emphatically prophetic note: "Westward the Course of Empire takes its Way; / The four first Acts...with the Day; / Time's noblest Offspring is the last" (21-24). (In the original version, the final line has more apocalyptic overtones: "The world's great...
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The Fable of the Southern Writer

Lewis P. Simpson - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 272 pages
...fresh and young, When heavenly flames did animate her clay, By future poets shall be sung. Westward the course of empire takes its way; The four first acts...drama with the day; Time's noblest offspring is the last.2 What moves Berkeley's poem is not its treatment of an ancient commonplace, as compelling as...
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Bartlett's Poems for Occasions

Geoffrey O'Brien, Billy Collins - Poetry - 2007 - 544 pages
...fresh and young, When heav'nly Flame did animate her Clay, By future Poets shall be sung. Westward the Course of Empire takes its Way; The four first Acts...with the Day; Time's noblest offspring is the last. GEORGE BERKELEY IRISH (1685-1753) Paul Revere's Ride Listen, my children, and you shall hear Of the...
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The Folly of Empire: What George W. Bush Could Learn from Theodore Roos

John B. Judis - History - 2010 - 256 pages
...this theory in his "Verses on the Prospect of Planting Arts and Learning in America": Westward the course of empire takes its way; The four first acts...with the day; Time's noblest offspring is the last. Washington, Jefferson, and other founders believed that the United States would grow and surpass its...
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Green and Pleasant Land: English Culture and the Romantic Countryside

Amanda Gilroy - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 201 pages
...debacle. In his poem 'On the Prospect of Planting Arts and Learning in America', he writes: Westward the Course of Empire takes its Way; The four first Acts...Drama with the Day; Time's noblest offspring is the last.12 But when he wrote this, in 1752, George Berkeley had been Bishop of Cloyne for more than twenty...
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The City's Voice: Pioneer Prose and Poetry from the Overland Monthly

Devorah Knaff - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 335 pages
...that his well-known vision may be true: "Westward the course of empire takes its way; The first four acts already past, A fifth shall close the drama with the day; Time's noblest offspring is the last." 6 The epoch in which we build. A single word in conclusion. The possible relations of this university...
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Race and Racism in Modern Philosophy

Andrew Valls - Philosophy - 2005 - 293 pages
...fresh and young. When Heavenly Flame did animate her Clay, By future poets shall be sung. Westward the course of Empire takes its Way, The four first Acts...past. A fifth shall close the Drama with the Day, The World's great Effort is the last. (W, 7:370) Berkeley saw himself as playing a role in the development...
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Quale Occidente, Occidente perché

Tiziano Bonazzi - Political Science - 2005 - 220 pages
...sebbene non ancora pienamente compiuta: Westward the course of empire takes its way; The first four acts already past, A fifth shall close the drama with the day: Time's noblest offspring is the last* I fondatori della nuova Università della California furono così affascinati dai sentimenti espressi...
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The Cambridge Companion to Berkeley

Kenneth P. Winkler, Kenneth Winkler - History - 2005 - 454 pages
...did animate her Clay, By future Poets shall be sung. Westward the Course of Empire takes its Way,The four first Acts already past, A fifth shall close the Drama with the Day,Time's noblest Offspring is the last. 405 NOTE 1. From A Miscellany, containing Several Tracts...
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