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" Memory and her siren daughters, but by devout prayer to that eternal Spirit, who can enrich with all utterance and knowledge, and sends out his seraphim, with the hallowed fire of his altar, to touch and purify the lips of whom he pleases. "
The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: Lives of the poets - Page 26
by Samuel Johnson - 1837
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Lives

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1800
...promises to undertake something;, he yet knows not what, that may be of use and honour to his toaniry. " This," says he, " is not to be obtained but by devout...that can enrich with all utterance and knowledge, and * tends out his Seraphim with the hallowed fire of his altar,- to touch Bnd * purify the lips of whom...
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Literary hours; or, Sketches, critical, narrative, and poetical, Volume 1

Nathan Drake - English literature - 1804
...the invocation of Memory and her siren daughters ; but by devout prayer to that eternal Spirit, who can enrich with all utterance and knowledge, and sends...altar to touch and purify the lips of whom he pleases. MILTON, No species of poetry, perhaps, is more difficult of execution than the religious ; the natural...
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The Prose Works of John Milton: With a Life of the Author, Volume 7

John Milton - 1806
...invocation of dame Memory and her siren daughters; but by devout prayer to that eternal Spirit, who can enrich with all utterance and knowledge; and sends...to touch and purify the lips of whom he pleases," 6 úc. We .must surely be struck with that noble and sublime spirit, which pervades these passages,...
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The poetical works of John Milton, with the life of the author by S. Johnson

John Milton - 1807
...somc.lting, he yet knows not what, that may be of use and honor to his country. ' This,' sayi lie, ' is not to be obtained but by devout prayer " to that...with all ' utterance and knowledge, and sends out his Seru' phim wnh the hallowed fire of his altar, to touch ' and purify the lips of whom he pleases. To...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: With An Essay on His Life and ..., Volume 9

Samuel Johnson - 1810
...whereof goes under the name of James Lord Bishop of Armagh. I have transcribed this title to shew, by his contemptuous mention of Usher, that he had...his altar, to touch and purify " the lips of whom he-pleases. To this must be " added, industrious and select reading, steady ob" servation, and insight...
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Cowley, Denham, Milton

Alexander Chalmers - English poetry - 1810
...undertake something he yet knows not what, that may be of use and honour to his country. " This," saji he, " is not to be obtained but by devout prayer to...and knowledge, and sends out -his Seraphim, with the halloaed fire of his altar, to touch and purify the lips of whom he pleases. To this mn't be added,...
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The lives of the most eminent English poets; with critical ..., Volume 1

Samuel Johnson - 1811
...manners. His next work was, The Reason of Church Government urged against Prelacy, by Mr. John Miiton, 1642. In this book he discovers, not with ostentatious...Eternal Spirit that can enrich with all utterance and knowiedge, and sends out his seraphim, with the haiiowe'd fire of his altar, to touch and purify the...
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The rhapsodist; or, Mes souvenirs, an epistle [in verse].

1817
...caught th' ethereal fire, That beam'd refulgent from the Muse's lyre ; * " This is not to be obtaiped, but by devout prayer, to that Eternal Spirit, that...altar, to touch and purify the lips of whom he pleases !" When we compare these humble effusions of the soul, and consider that they proceed from the authors...
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The Works of the British Poets: With Lives of the Authors, Volume 7

Ezekiel Sanford - English poetry - 1819
...then proceeds to say, that this thing can only be done ' by devout prayer to that eternal Spirit, who can enrich with all utterance and knowledge, and sends...to touch and purify the lips of whom he pleases.'! Here we have nearly the argument and invocation of Paradise Lost; and perhaps it is not unworthy of...
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The North American Review, Volume 79

Jared Sparks, Edward Everett, James Russell Lowell, Henry Cabot Lodge - North American review and miscellaneous journal - 1854
...invocation of Dame Memory and her siren daughters ; but by devout prayer to that eternal Spirit, who can enrich with all utterance and knowledge, and sends...to touch and purify the lips of whom he pleases." His poetry, too, fails in the sweet, earnest, heart-tempered declamation of Cowper. Too much of the...
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