Critical and Miscellaneous Essays, Volume 1

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Page 358 - No Frenchman is my foe; Down, down with every foreigner, but let your brethren go." Oh! was there ever such a knight in friendship or in war, As our sovereign lord, King Henry, the soldier of Navarre. Ho! maidens of
Page 318 - WE have read this book with the greatest pleasure. Considered merely as a composition, it deserves to be classed among the best specimens of English prose which our age has produced. It contains, indeed, no single passage equal to two or three which we could select from the Life of Sheridan; but, as a whole, it
Page 128 - any thing in the heavens above, in the earth beneath, or in the waters under the earth. - The latter manner he practises most frequently in his tragedies, the former in his comedies. The comic characters are, without mixture, loathsome and despicable. The men of Etherege and Vanbrugh are bad enough; those of
Page 208 - contained one weapon which could pierce him, that weapon his pursuers were bound, before God and man, to employ. "If he may Find mercy in the law, 'tis his: if none, Let him not seek 't of us." Such was the language which the Parliament might justly use.
Page 358 - fall full well he may— For never saw I promise yet of such a bloody fray— Press where ye see my white plume shine, amids-t the ranks of war And be your
Page 364 - FAITHFUL. May I speak a few words in my own defence ? " JUDGE. Sirrah, sirrah! thou deservest to live no longer, but to be slain immediately upon the place; yet, that all men may see our gentleness to thee, let us hear what thou,
Page 358 - And mocked the counsel of the wise and the valour of the brave. Then glory to his holy name, from whom all glories are ; And glory to our sovereign lord, King Henry of Navarre.
Page 361 - I lifted up my head; but methought I saw as if the sun that shincth in the heavens did grudge to give me light; and as if the very stones in the streets and tiles upon the houses did band themselves against me. Methought that
Page 155 - are the mere dross of history. It is from the abstract truth which interpenetrates them, and lies latent among them, like gold in the ore, that the mass derives its whole value; and the precious particles are generally combined with the baser in such a manner that the separation is a task of the utmost difficulty.
Page 57 - vincit Impetus, et rapido contrarius evehor orbi." It is to be regretted that the prose writings of Milton should, in our time, be so little read. As compositions, they deserve the attention of every man who wishes to become acquainted with the full power of the English language. They abound with passages, compared with which the finest declamations of Burke sink into

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