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" For books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. "
History of English literature, tr. by H. van Laun - Page 431
by Hippolyte Adolphe Taine - 1871
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The Prose Works of John Milton: With a Life of the Author, Volume 7

John Milton - 1806
...justice on them as malefactors; for books are not absolutely dead things, but do eontain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was,...whose progeny they are: nay, they do preserve, as in a viol, the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. I know they are as...
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The Prose Works of John Milton: With a Life of the Author, Volume 7

John Milton, Charles Symmons - 1806
...justice on them as malefactors; for books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was, whose progeny they are: nay, they do preserv e, as in a viol, the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them....
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The Prose Works of John Milton: Ecclesiastical law. Matrimonial law. Of ...

John Milton, George Burnett - 1809
...well as men ; and thereafter to confine, imprison, and do sharpest justice on them as malefactors ; for books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain...and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. I know they are as lively, .and as vigorously productive, as those fabulous dragons teeth ; and...
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The life of John Milton

Charles Symmons - 1810 - 646 pages
...them as malefactors: for books are not absolutely dead things, but do cond P. wi 289. tain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was,...whose progeny they are: nay, they do preserve, as in a viol, the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. I know they are as...
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The Life of John Milton

Charles Symmons - 1810 - 646 pages
...them as malefactors: for books are not absolutely dead things, but do ecu** P. wi 289. tain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was, whose progeny they are: najr, they do preserve, as in a viol, the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that...
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An Account of Ireland, Statistical and Political, Volume 2

Wakefield, Edward - Ireland - 1812
...justice on them as malefactors ; for books are not absolutely dead things ; but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was,...whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a viol, the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. I know they are as...
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Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 81

1857
...thought they thus contain. To apply once more the words of Milton to our subject, there will be found "a progeny of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are ; nay, they will preserve, as in a vial, the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred...
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The Parliamentary History of England, from the Earliest Period to the Year ...

William Cobbett - Great Britain - 1817
...justice upon them as malefactors ; for books are not absolutely dead things, but they have a potency of life in them, to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are ; nay, they contain, as in a vial, the purest extract and efficacy of that intellect which bred them. They are...
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The Pamphleteer, Volume 22

Abraham John Valpy - Great Britain - 1823
...as well as men, and thereafter to confine, imprison, and do sharpest justice on them as malefactors. For books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain...active as that soul was, whose progeny they are."* But, Sir, it is quite superfluous to proceed further with these authorities. The universal sentiment...
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The Monthly Review

1824
...To use again the words of Milton, " Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them, to be as active as that soul was...and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. I know they are as lively arid vigorously productive as those fabulous dragon's teeth, and, being...
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