Poetry, Its Origin, Nature, and History; Being a General Sketch of Poetic and Dramatic Literature Comprehending Critical, Historical and Biographical Notices, with Specimens, from the Earliest Period to the Middle of the Present Volume 1

Poetry, Its Origin, Nature, and History; Being a General Sketch of Poetic and Dramatic Literature Comprehending Critical, Historical and Biographical Notices, with Specimens, from the Earliest Period to the Middle of the Present Volume 1

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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. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...worthy votaries live, In all the joys that ale and skittles give. Now, lo! on Egypt's coast that hostile fleet, By nations dreaded, and by Nelson beat; And here shall soon another triumph come, A deed of glory in a day of gloom; Distressing glory! grievous boon of fate! The proudest conquest at the dearest rate. On shelf of deal beside the cuckoo clock, Of cottage reading rests the chosen stock; Learning we lack, not books, but have a kind For all our wants, a meat for every mind. The tale for wonder and the joke for whim, The half-sung sermon and the half-groan'd hymn, No need of classing, each within its place, The feeling finger in the dark can trace; 'First from the corner, farthest from the wall;' Such all the rules, and they suffice for all. There pious works for Sunday's use are found; Companions of that Bible newly bound; That Bible, bought by sixpence weekly saved, Has choicest prints by famous hands engraved; Has choicest notes by many a famous head, Such as to doubt huve rustic readers led; Have made them stop to reason why i and how! And, where they once agreed, to cavil now. Oh! rather give me commentators plain, Who with no d 'ep researches vex the brain; Who from the dark and doubtful love to run, And hold their glimmering tapers to the sun; Who simple truth with ninefold reasons back, And guard the point no enemies attack. Bunyan's famed Pilgrim rests that shelf upon;--A genius rare but rude was honest John; Not one who, early by the muse beguiled, Drank from her well the waters undeflled; Not one who slowly gain'd the hill sublime, Then often sipp'd and little at a time; But one who dabbled in the sacred springs, And drank them muddy, mixed with baser things. Here to interpret dreams we read the rules, Science our own, and never...show more

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  • Paperback | 306 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 16mm | 549g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236606108
  • 9781236606105