The Poets and Poetry of Europe; With Introductions and Biographical Notices

The Poets and Poetry of Europe; With Introductions and Biographical Notices

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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. 1845 edition. Excerpt: ...poetry of Kinker. In truth, his verses are frequently unintelligible, though they leave the impression, that, if we could but understand them, . they would be very fine. The same tone of mind gives a too common harshness even to his versification, though no man can discourse more fitly than he on the prosody and harmony of language. Yet it would seem as if his art produced his hard verses, for most of his off-hand and numerous pieces are smooth and flowing. His verses to Haydn are striking, and his 'Adieu to the Y and the Amstel, ' on his removal to Liege, is among the best of modern compositions." VIRTUE AND TRUTH. Goodsf.ss and truth require no decoration; They, in and through themselves, are great and fair: All ornament is supererogation, Giving false coloring and fictitious air. Foreign Quarterly Review, Vol. IV., p. 73. Beauty is virtue's image, truth's best light, --Virtue and truth its representatives; 'T is the grand girdle, that, with radiance bright, To both, --in all that are, --their lustre gives. To its sublime control all evil bows, Or sneaks away, subjected to its reign; O'er each defect a garb of mystery throws, Or seeks her midnight nakedness again. Error must be the lot of mortal kind, But virtue, in life's night, man's guide may be; For man's dim eye, Bo weak, --'t is almost blind, --Scarce looks through mist-damps of mortality. Vain is endeavour!--true; but that endeavour, It goodness, truth, and virtue testifies; Struggles and fails, but fails through weakness ever, Yet, failing, pours out light on darkened eyes. Ye vainly dream, obscurers of the earth, That all is tending downwards to its fall; Vain are your scoffs on manhood, and man's worth, And that great tendency which governs all. In vain, with fading and offensive...show more

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  • Paperback | 680 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 35mm | 1,193g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236629345
  • 9781236629340