The Poetical Works of James Thomson. with Life, Critical Diss., and Explanatory Notes. the Text Ed. by C.C. Clarke

The Poetical Works of James Thomson. with Life, Critical Diss., and Explanatory Notes. the Text Ed. by C.C. Clarke

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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. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...while he bound the Suns And Planets to their spheres? th' unequal task Of human-kind till then. Oft had they roll'd 19 O'er erring man the year, and oft disgrac'd The pride of Schools, before their course was known Full in its causes and effects to him, All-piercing sage! who sat not down and dream'd Romantic schemes, defended by the din Of specious words, and tyranny of names; But, bidding his amazing mind attend, And with heroic patience years on years Deep-searching, saw at last the System dawn, And shine, of all his race, on him alone. 29 What were his raptures then! how pure! how strong! And what the triumphs of old Greece and Rome, By his diminish'd, but the pride of boys In some small fray victorious when, instead Of shatter'd parcels of this earth usurp'd By violence unmanly, and sore deeds Of cruelty and blood, Nature herself Stood all-subdu'd by him, and open laid Her every latent glory to his view. All-intellectual eye, our solar round First gazing through, ho by the blended power io Of gravitation and projection saw The whole in silent harmony revolve. From unassisted vision hid, the moons To cheer remoter planets numerous form'd, By him in all their mingled tracts were seen. He also fix'd our wandering queen of night, Whether she wanes into a scanty orb, Or, waxing broad, with her pale shadowy light, In a soft deluge overflows the sky. Her every motion clear-discerning, he so Adjusted to the mutual Main, and taught Why now the mighty mass of water swells Resistless, heaving on the broken rocks, si And the full river turning; till again The tide revertive, unattracted, leaves A yellow waste of idle sands behind. Then breaking hence, he took his ardent flight Through the blue infinite; and every star, Which the clear concave of a...show more

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  • Paperback | 236 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 426g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236542398
  • 9781236542397