Letters and Social Aims

James R. Osgood, 1875 - 314 páginas
Poetry and imagination.--Social aims.--Eloquence.--Resources.--The comic.--Quotation and originality.--Progress of culture.--Persian poetry.--Inspiration.--Greatness.--Immortality.

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Página 253 - And now in age I bud again, After so many deaths I live and write; I once more smell the dew and rain, And relish versing: O my only light, It cannot be That I am he, On whom thy tempests fell all night.
Página 257 - Perhaps you can recall a delight like it, which spoke to the eye, when you have stood by a lake in the woods in summer, and saw where little flaws of wind whip spots or patches of still water into fleets of ripples, — so sudden, so slight, so spiritual, that it was more like the rippling of the Aurora Borealis at night than any spectacle of day.
Página 42 - Of old hast THOU laid the foundation of the earth : And the heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but THOU shalt endure : Yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment ; As a vesture shalt THOU change them, and they shall be changed : But THOU art the same, And thy years shall have no end.
Página 79 - I have heard with admiring submission the experience of the lady who declared that " the sense of being perfectly well-dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquillity which religion is powerless to bestow.
Página 86 - Don't say things. What you are stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.
Página 285 - His heart was as great as the world, but there was no room in it to hold the memory of a wrong.
Página 24 - A Spirit and a Vision are not, as the modern philosophy supposes, a cloudy vapour, or a nothing: they are organized and minutely articulated beyond all that the mortal and perishing nature can produce. He who does not imagine in stronger and better lineaments, and in stronger and better light than his perishing and mortal eye can see, does not imagine at all.
Página 177 - Language is a city, to the building of which every human being brought a stone...
Página 293 - As may express them best ; though what if earth Be but the shadow of heaven, and things therein Each to other like, more than on earth is thought...
Página 42 - At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down : at her feet he bowed, he fell : where he bowed, r>2 there he fell down dead.

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