The Poetical Works of Mark Akenside; With the Life of the Author Volume 2

The Poetical Works of Mark Akenside; With the Life of the Author Volume 2

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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. 1793 edition. Excerpt: ...power; Lord Somers in 1716, amid the pra ice: of the Nun-juring clergy against I'elume I I. II.: Then drew the lawgivers around, 40 (Sires of the Grecian name renown'd) And list'ning ask'd and wond'ring knew VVhat private force could thus subdue The vulgar and the great combin'd, Could war with sacred folly wage, 45 Could a whole nation disengage From the dread bonds of many an age And to new habits mould the public mind. I I_ 3. For not a conqueror's sword Nor the strong pow'rs to civil founders known 50 Were his, but truth by faithful search cxplor'd And social sense like seed in genial plenty sown. Wherever it took root the soul (restor'd To freedom) freedom too for others sought. Not monkish craft, the tyrant's claim divine, 55 Not regal zeal, the bigot's cruel shrine, Could longer guard from Reason's warfare sage; Not the wild rabble to sedition wrought, Nor synods by the papal Genius taught, Nor St. John's spirit loose nor Atterbury's rage. 69 I1I. IBut where shall recompense be found, Or how such arduous merit crow-n'd P thel"rotestant establishment; and Lord Stanhope in 172:, during the controversy with the lower house of Convocation.. For look on life's laborious scene What rugged spaces lie between Advent'rous Virtue's early toils And her triumphal throne! the shade Of death mean-time does oft' invade Her progress, nor to us display'd Wears the bright heroine her expeeted spoils. III. 2. Yet born to conquer is her pow'rs---O Hoadley! if that fav'rite hour On earth arrive, with thankful awe We own just Heaven's indulgent law, And proudly thy success behold; We attend thy rev' more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236883020
  • 9781236883025