The Obligations of Literature to the Mothers of England

The Obligations of Literature to the Mothers of England

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ...to his devoted parent is forcibly and beautifully expressed in his published letters. He never mentioned her but with a sigh; and, like Sir Francis Bacon, his last request was to be buried by her side in that churchyard,4 which his elegy has ever hallowed by its associations. 1 See Appendix W. 'Stoke Pogis Church, Bucks. The number of poets, indeed, whose laurels have been gained chiefly through the medium of a Mother's love, or who display in their writings the lasting effect produced in early youth by instructions simple in themselves, but important in their results, --because founded on truth, consistency, and genuine affection, are so great, that were they all adduced, it would convert this section into a mere catalogue of our most distinguished native bards. The fact, however, illustrates most forcibly the indirect control through life which maternal discipline exercises over the vivid imagination of genius, and exemplifies in the most touching manner the actual power which may be obtained over the human heart (even when unaccompanied by intellectual advantages), when purity of motive and consistency of conduct induce in childhood unbounded confidence, firm trust, and implicit faith. Pope, in his Universal Prayer, seems to express the nature of those unfading impressions made in early childhood; and he was himself a striking instance of the enduring effect of maternal influence. From his birth, of a constitution feeble and delicate, his sense of obligation to his Mother, and his gentle obedience, and deference to her as such, shone in bright relief through the irritability that shaded his peculiarly eccentric career; and his overwhelming grief at her death, though advanced to the great age of ninety-three, fully justifies that beautiful...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236653246
  • 9781236653246