The Edinburgh Review, Volume 143

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A. and C. Black, 1876
 

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Page 168 - But here is the finger of God, a flash of the will that can, Existent behind all laws, that made them and, lo, they are! And I know not if, save in this, such gift be allowed to man, That out of three sounds he frame, not a fourth sound, but a star.
Page 169 - Sorrow is hard to bear, and doubt is slow to clear, Each sufferer says his say, his scheme of the weal and woe: But God has a few of us whom he whispers in the ear; The rest may reason and welcome: 'tis we musicians know.
Page 165 - The manners, passions, unities, what not? All which, exact to rule were brought about, Were but a combat in the lists left out. "What! Leave the combat out?" exclaims the knight; Yes, or we must renounce the Stagirite. 280 "Not so, by Heaven" (he answers in a rage) "Knights, squires, and steeds, must enter on the stage.
Page 575 - These are the old friends who are never seen with new faces, who are the same in wealth and in poverty, in glory and in obscurity.
Page 575 - Just such is the feeling which a man of liberal education naturally entertains towards the great minds of former ages. The debt which he owes to them is incalculable. They have guided him to truth. They have filled his mind with noble and graceful images. They have stood by him in all vicissitudes, comforters in sorrow, nurses in sickness, companions in solitude.
Page 549 - The more I think, the less I can conceive where you picked up that style.
Page 563 - Whether in or out of Parliament, whether speaking with that authority which must always belong to the representative of this great and enlightened community, or expressing the humble sentiments of a private citizen, I will to the last maintain inviolate my fidelity to principles which, though they may be borne down for a time by senseless clamour, are yet strong with the strength and immortal with the immortality of truth, and which, however they may be misunderstood or misrepresented by contemporaries,...
Page 561 - I am more than half determined to abandon politics, and to give myself wholly to letters ; to undertake some great historical work which may be at once the business and the amusement of my life...
Page 562 - Now yield thee," cried Lars Porsena, "Now yield thee to our grace." Round turned he, as not deigning Those craven ranks to see ; Nought spake he to Lars Porsena, To Sextus nought spake he ; But he saw on Palatinus The white porch of his home, And he spake to the noble river That rolls by the towers of Rome : "O Tiber! father Tiber! To whom the Romans pray, A Roman's life, a Roman's arms Take thou in charge this day!
Page 548 - formed almost inexhaustible food for my fancy. I seem to know every inch of Whitehall. I go in at Hans Holbein's gate, and come out through the matted gallery. The conversations •which I compose between great people of the time are long, and sufficiently animated: in the style, if not with the merits, of Sir Walter Scott's.

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