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" Soft is the strain when Zephyr gently blows, And the smooth stream in smoother numbers flows; But when loud surges lash the sounding shore, The hoarse, rough verse should like the torrent roar. When Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to throw, The line... "
The British essayists, with prefaces by A. Chalmers - Page 89
by British essayists - 1823
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The Spectator ...

Joseph Addison, Sir Richard Steele - 1729
...vaft Weight to throw, The Line too labours, and the Words move flow; Het fo, when fwift Camilla fcours the Plain, flies o'er th' unbending Corn, and skims along the Main. THE beautiful Diftich upon Ajax in the foregoing Lines, puts me in Mind of a Defcription in Homer's Odyffey, which...
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The Spectator, Volume 4

1738
...Camilla fcottrs the Plain, Flies o'erth'' unbending Corn, and skims alongtheMain] THE beautiful Diftich upon Ajax in the foregoing Lines, puts me in mind of a Defcription in Homer's Odyfiey, which none of the Criticks have taken notice of. It is where Sijyphus...
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Bell's Edition, Volumes 75-76

John Bell - English poetry - 1796
...When Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to throw, The line loo labours, and the words move slow; 371 Not so when swift Camilla scours the plain, Flies o'er th' unbending corn, and skims along tliŤ Hear how Timotheus' vary'd lays surprise, [mais. And bid alternate passions fall and rise, 375...
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The Spectator, Volume 4

1778
...tlie plain, " Flies o'er th' unbending corn, and Bcims along the "• main." The beautiful diftich upon Ajax in the foregoing lines, puts me in mind of a description in Homer's Odyfley, which none of the critics have taken nouce of. It is where Kifyphus is reprefented lifting...
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Lives

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1800
...that the poet wlio tells us, that When When Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to throw, The line too labours, and the words move slow : Not so, when...o'er th' unbending corn, and skims along the main ; when he had enjoyed for about thirty years the praise of Camilla's lightness of foot, he tried another...
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The Philosophy of Rhetoric, Volume 2

George Campbell - English language - 1801
...introduceth a line of the same kind a little after in the same piece, to represent uncommon speed : Not so when swift Camilla scours the plain, Flies o'er th' unbending corn, and skims along the main J. A most wonderful and peculiar felicity in this measure to be alike adapted to imitate the opposite...
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The Philosophy of Rhetoric, Volume 2

George Campbell - English language - 1801
...introduceth a line of the same kind .a little after in the same piece, to represent uncommon speed : Not so. when, swift Camilla scours the plain, Flies o'er th' unbending corn,. and skims along, the mainj. A most wonderful and 'peculiar felicity in this measure to be alike adapted to ^mitate the opposite...
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Select British Classics, Volume 6

English literature - 1803
...rough verse should like the torrent roar. When Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to throw, The line too labours, and the words move slow ; Not so when...the plain, Flies o'er th' unbending corn, and skims jlong the main. From these lines, laboured with great attention, and celebrated by a rival wit, may...
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The works of ... Joseph Addison, collected by mr. Tickell

Joseph Addison - 1804
...should like the torrent roar. When Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to throw, The line too labors, and the words move slow : Not so when swift Camilla...puts me in mind of a description in Homer's Odyssey. It is where Sisyphus is represented lifting his stone up the hill, which is no sooner carried to the...
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The speaker, or Miscellaneous pieces, selected from the best English writers ...

William Enfield - 1804
...verse should like the torrentroar: ^/Vhen Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to throw , The line too labours , and the words move slow ; Not so , when...o'er th' unbending corn , and skims along the main. Hear how Timothens' vary?d.lays surprise , And bid alternate passions Tall and rise ! "While at each...
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