The Microcosm, a Periodical Work: By Gregory Griffin, ... The Second Edition. Inscribed to the Rev. Dr. Davies

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Published for C. Knight, 1787 - Microcosm amd macrocosm - 448 pages
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Page 404 - To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, To throw a perfume on the violet, To smooth the ice, or add another hue Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light To seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish, Is wasteful, and ridiculous excess.
Page 122 - That age will never again return, when a Pericles, after walking with Plato in a portico built by Phidias and painted by Apelles, might repair to hear a pleading of Demosthenes or a tragedy of Sophocles.
Page 61 - Who knows not, sees not with admiring eye, How Plato thought, how Socrates could die ? To bend the arch, to bid the column rise, And the tall pile aspiring pierce the skies, The awful fane magnificently great, With...
Page 252 - Poetry, sir, is universally allowed to be the first and noblest of the arts and sciences, insomuch that it is the opinion of critics that an epic poem is the greatest work the human mind is capable of bringing to perfection. If, then, I can prove that the art of weaving is in any degree analogous to the art of poetry, if this analogy has been allowed by the whole tribe of critics so far, that in...
Page 434 - ... the crusher of spiders and the trampler of earwigs. The distinctions of harmless and hurtful are not to be explained to childhood. Self-preservation needs not the admonition. The child who executes these commands must, either if he does not reflect at all, be steeled by their repetition against the pleadings of pity; or if he does reflect, in what light can he consider them but as dictated by the lust of destroying, cloaked indeed under the affectation of antipathy!
Page 184 - To omit the innumerable inconveniences attending on every attempt to regulate language; to judge of the possible success of such an attempt* from the abstracted probability alone, were to declare it impossible. A multitude of circumstances, equally unforeseen and unavoidable, must concur to the formation of a language. An improvement, or corruption, of manners ; the reduction of a foreign enemy ; or an invasion from abroad, are circumstances that ultimately, or immediately, tend to produce some change...
Page 259 - Flows through each member of th' embodied state, Sure, not unconscious of the mighty blessing, Her grateful sons shine bright with ev'ry virtue ; Untainted with the LUST OF INNOVATION ; Sure, all unite to hold her league of rule, Unbroken, as the sacred chain of nature, That links the jarring elements in peace.
Page 294 - But, these peculiarities of absurdity alone excepted, we shall find that the NOVEL is but a more modern modification of the same ingredients which constitute the ROMANCE; and that a recipe for the one may be equally serviceable for the composition of the other. A ROMANCE (generally speaking) consists of a number of strange events, with a Hero in the middle of them; who, being an adventurous Knight, wades through them to...
Page 215 - He was naturally of a morofe, faturnine temper, which a confiderable quantity of port, regularly difcuffed after dinner for a continuance of thirty years, had not a little contributed to heighten. The ufual companion of his leifure hours was the Parifh Attorney...
Page 99 - Be what you will so you be still the same.—Rose. THERE are few precepts, dictated like the above, by judgment and experience, which, though originally confined to a particular application (as this to the formation of dramatic character) may not be adopted with success in the several branches of the same science, and even transferred into another. The direction which the poet gives us here, to preserve a regard for simplicity and uniformity, may be applied to the general design and main structure...

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