The Works of the British Poets, Collated with the Best Editions Volume 33

The Works of the British Poets, Collated with the Best Editions Volume 33

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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. 1808 edition. Excerpt: ...has not its good effects, since we owe the hnmorml works both of a Juver-at and a Vaughan to their being roused by a spirit of resentment. 4' A name by whjrh the late Mr. Churchill was distinguished, ' on account (as we suppose) of the rough manner in which he handled the gentle bards who were so unlucky as to mrne within reach of his poetical paws. 4 Not spiritual grace, but grace in making a bow-, or, if the reader must ht' let into the secret, this may refer to the cavils of the critics in general, against 'the unl, rarmonioustress of.his numbers.. 45 Mr. Clrurrtrill, as a scholar. is here supposed well acquainted with that gr.netal maxim in oratory, Loquerc are rratundo, which is here rendered 'a voice profound.' ' Goddess, these gnatlings move not me at all, I come by just decrees to stand or fall. When first the daring bard aspires to sing, To check the sallies of his infant wing, Critics not only try (your pardon, Fame, To you a stranger is the critic's name, ) But ev'ry blockhead, who pretends to write, Would damp his vigour, and retard his flight. Critics, oh Fame! are things c0mpos'd between The two ingredients, Ignorance and Spleen; Who, like the daw, would infamously tear The shining plumes they see another wear; That, thus unl'cather'd by these wretched elves, All may appear as naked as themselves. ' Hard is the task in such a cause to' engage, With fools and knaves eternal war to wage, By fears or partial feelings nnsubdued, 'l'o hurl defiance at so vast a crowd; To stand the teizing of their little spleen, So oft to clear the witling-orowded scene; From vice and folly tear the foul disguise, And crush at once the Hydras as they...
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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236950798
  • 9781236950796