Select British Poets; Containing the Works of Goldsmith, Thomson, Gray, Young, and Cowper, with an Account of Their Lives and Writings

Select British Poets; Containing the Works of Goldsmith, Thomson, Gray, Young, and Cowper, with an Account of Their Lives and Writings

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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. 1830 edition. Excerpt: ...single uuredeem'd i If Nature's revolution speaks aloud, In her gradation, hear her louder still. Look Nature through, 't is neat gradation all. By what minute degrees her scale ascends! Each middle nature join'd at each extreme, To that above it join'd, to that beneath. Parts, into parts reciprocally shot, Abhor divorce. What love of union reigns! Here, dormant matter wails a call to life; Half-life, half-death, join'd there; here life and sense; There, sense from reason steals a glimmering ray; Reason shines out in man. Bat how preserv'd The chain unbroken upward to the realms Of incorporeal life? those realms of bliss Where death hath no dominion? Grant a make Half-mortal, half-immortal; earthy part, And part ethereal; grant the soul of man Eternal; or in man the series ends. Wide yawns the gap; connection is no more; Check'd reason halts; her next step wants support; Striving to climb, she tumbles.from her scheme; A scheme, analogy prononne'd so true; Analogy.' man's surest guide below. Thus far, all Nature calls on thy belief. And will Lorenzo, careless of the call, False attestation on all Nature charge, Rather than violate his league with death? Renounce his reason, rather than renounce The dust belov'd, and run the risk of Heaven? O what indignity to deathless souls! What treason to the majesty of man!. Of man immortal! Hear the lofty style: "If so decreed, th' Almighty Will be done. Let Earth dissolve, yon ponderous orbs descend, And grind ns into dust. The soul is safe; The man emerges; mounts above the wreck. As towering flame from Nature's funeral pyre; O'er devastation, as a gainer, smiles; His charter, his inviolable rights, Well pleas'd to learn from thunder's impotence, Death's pointless darts and Hell's defeated...show more

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  • Paperback | 262 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 472g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123654272X
  • 9781236542724