Remains in Verse and Prose Volume 1

Remains in Verse and Prose 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. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ...measure existing circumstances by the relations of the vrdhvov, internally perceived. In the mind of the true orator, all accidents of place and time seem to be attracted to the magnetic force of his conceptions, which have an order of their own, not wholly. dependent on the observation of the moment. But the rhetorician makes himself the servant of circumstances, and yet, after all, cannot penetrate their meaning. His examination is close and coarse, and he sees little, in his hurry to see better: the orator stands upon a height, and commands the whole prospect, and can modify his view by the lens of genius. Between the pure orator and the mere rhetorician, many shades of mixture intervene. To degrade that powerful mind, which in its maturity of vigour uttered "tonitruu. magis, quam verba" against the desperate Catiline, and whose later age produced the "divina Philippica," to the lowest of these ranks, would be to pass sentence on my own judgment: but I must hesitate, even against the opinion of many wise men, before I consent to elevate him to the highest. The loftier powers of imagination were altogether wanting. There was none of the vivid painting and instinctive sublimity, which make Demosthenes the model of ages. His happiest efibrts are efforts still; the process of intellectual construction is always palpable; and though the ingenuity may be wonderful, and command our high approbation, our minds have in reserve something higher than approbation, and ingenuity will not call it forth. Cicero won, and ruled his audience, not by flashes of inspiration, but by industrious thought. The thoughts were not wonderful in themselves, were not born one out of another by a generation so rapid as to seem mysterious; but more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123658192X
  • 9781236581921