The Works of Walter Bagehot Volume 1

The Works of Walter Bagehot Volume 1

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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. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...the stout little student from Athens in all probability join the army of Brutus; the legionaries must have taken the measure of him, as the sergeants of our living friends. Anyhow, he was not partial to such reflections: zeal for political institutions is quite as foreign to him as any other zeal. A certain hope in the future is characteristic of Beranger: --"Qui decouvrit un nouveau monde? Un fou qu'on raillait en tout lieu." Modern faith colors even bystanding skepticism. Though probably with no very accurate ideas of the nature of liberty, Beranger believes that it is a great good, and that France will have it. The point in which Beranger most resembles Horace is that which is the most essential in the characters of them both, --their geniality. This is the very essence of the poems of society: it springs in the verses of amusement, it harmonizes with acquiescing sympathy the poems of indifierence. And yet few qualities in writing are so rare. A certain malevolence enters into literary ink: the point of the pen pricks. Pope is the very best example of this. With every desire to imitate Horace, he cannot touch any of his subjects, or any kindred subjects, without infusing a bitter ingredient. It is not given to the children of men to be philosophers without envy. Lookers-on can hardly bear the spectacle of the great world. If you watch the carriages rolling down to the House of Lords, you will try to depreciate the House of Lords. Idleness is cynical. Both Beranger and Horace are exceptions to this. Both enjoy the roll of the wheels; both love the glitter of the carriages; neither is angry at the sun. Each knows that he is as happy as he can be, that he is all that he can be, in his contemplative...show more

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  • Paperback | 188 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 345g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123683335X
  • 9781236833358