The Poetical Works of Milton, Young, Gray, Beattie, and Collins
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. 1831 edition. Excerpt: ...blind reason sees not where he lies, Or, seeing, gives the substance for the shade. Shame is the shade of Immortality, And in itself a shadow; soon as caught ' untemned, it shrinks to nothing in the grasp. Consult the ambitious, 'tis ambition's cure. ' And is this all? cried Casar, at his height, Disgusted. This third proof Ambition bongs Of immortality. The first in fame, 01iserve him near, your envy will abate: Shamed at the disproportion vast between The passion and the purchase, he will sigh At such success, and blush at his renown. A rid why? because far richer prize invites His heart; far more illustrious glory calls; It calls in whispers, yet the dealest hear. And can Ambition a fourth proof supply? It can, and stronger than the former three, Yet quite o'erlooked by some reputed wise. Though disappointments in ambitiori pain, And though success disgusts, yet still, Lorenzo! In vain we strive to pluck it from our hearts, By Nature planted for the noblest ends. Absurd the famed advice to Pyrrhus given, More praised than pondered; specious, but un-sound: Sooner that hero's sword the world had quelled, Than reason his ambition. Man must soar; An obstinate activity within, An insuppressive spring, will toss him up In spite of Fortune's load. Not kings alone, . Each villager has his ambition too: No sultan prouder than his fettered slave. Slaves build their little Babylons of straw, Echo the proud Assyrian in their hearts, And cry, --' Behold the wonders of my might!' And why? because immortal as their lord; And souls immortal must for ever heave At something great; the glitter or the gold; The praise of mortals, or the praise of Heaven! Nor absolutely vain is human praise, When human is supported by divine. I'll introduce Lorenzo to...
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