The Laureates of England; From Ben Jonson to Alfred Tennyson, with Selections from Their Works and an Introduction Dealing with the Origin and Significance of the English Laureateship

The Laureates of England; From Ben Jonson to Alfred Tennyson, with Selections from Their Works and an Introduction Dealing with the Origin and Significance of the English Laureateship

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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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...The human Soul of universal earth, Dreaming on things to come; and dost possess A metropolitan temple in the hearts Of mighty Poets: upon me bestow A gift of genuine insight; that my song With star-like virtue in its place may shine, Shedding benignant influence, and secure, Itself from all malevolent effect Of those mutations that extend their sway Throughout the nether sphere! And if with this I mix more lowly matter; with the thing Contemplated, describe the Mind and Man Contemplating; and who, and what he was, The transitory being that beheld' This vision; when and where, and how he lived; Be not this labour useless. If such theme May sort with highest objects, then, --dread Power, Whose gracious favour is the primal source Of all illumination, --may my life Express the image of a better time, More wise desires, and simpler manners;--nurse My heart in genuine freedom: --all pure thoughts Be with me;--so shall thy unfailing love Guide, and support, and cheer me to the end!--The Recluse. V. Here might I pause and bend in reverence To Nature, and the power of human minds, To men as they are men within themselves. How oft high service is performed within When all the external man is rude in show, --Not like a temple rich with pomp and gold, But a mere mountain chapel, that protects Its simple worshippers from sun and shower. Of these, said I, shall be my song, ... My theme No other than the very heart of man. As found among the best of those who live--Not unexalted by religious faith, Nor uninformed by books, good books, though few, --In Nature's presence: thence may I select Sorrow that is not sorrow, but delight; And miserable love, that is not pain To hear of, for the glory that redounds Therefrom to human kind, and what we are.--The...show more

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  • Paperback | 162 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236741153
  • 9781236741158