Calamities of Authors; Including Some Inquiries Respecting Their Moral and Literary Characters Volume 1

Calamities of Authors; Including Some Inquiries Respecting Their Moral and Literary Characters Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1812 edition. Excerpt: ...thor, which is a circumstancel hope the candid will consider in favour of the present writer!," This poem surmounts mediocrity. The versification is musical, the imagination is lively, and the narrative is never tedious. The pomp of the feast of Ahasuerus ' has all the luxuriance of Asiatic splendour; and the circumstances are selected with " The higher guests approach a room of state, The bowers and gardens of the court were near, 1 And open lights indulg'd the breathing air. " Pillars of marble bore a silken sky, While cords of purple and fine linen tie In silver rings, the azure canopy. Distinct with diamond stars the blue was seen, Ahd' earth and seas were feign'd in em'rald _ green; i A globe of gold, ray'd with a pointed crown, Form'd in the midst almost a real sun." ' Nor is HENLEY less skilful in the elegance of his sentiments, and in his de velopement of the human character. When Esther is raised to the throne, the Poet says, " And Esther, tho' in robes, is Esther still." and then sublimely exclaims, " The heroic soul, amidst its bliss or woe, Is never swell'd too high, nor sunk too low; Stands, like its origin above the skies, Ever the same great self, sedately wise; Collected and prepar'd in every stage To scorn a courting world, or bear its rage." " The youthful Poet marks the vigour of his genius in the character of Haman, from which I select a few lines: " Haman's address, his stars, and something more, power--Had plac'd him foremost in the-chace of Haman had now-eng1'oss'd the royal ear, Another Xerxes govern'd in the peerl----_, For him the curious oft would plod the sky, And...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236893271
  • 9781236893277