Considerations on Milton's Early Reading: And the Prima Stamina of His Paradise Lost; Together with Extracts from a Poet of the Sixteenth Century

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J. Nichols, 1800 - 249 pages
 

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Page 60 - Haste thee, nymph, and bring with thee Jest, and youthful Jollity, Quips, and cranks,* and wanton* wiles, Nods, and becks, and wreathed smiles, Such as hang on Hebe's cheek, And love to live in dimple sleek; Sport that wrinkled Care derides, And Laughter holding both his sides.
Page 237 - God, rarely bestowed, but yet to some (though most abuse) in every nation; and are of power, beside the office of a pulpit, to imbreed and cherish in a great people the seeds of virtue and public civility, to allay the perturbations of the mind, and set the affections in right tune; to celebrate in glorious and lofty hymns the throne and equipage of God's almightiness...
Page 236 - But those frequent songs throughout the law and prophets beyond all these, not in their divine argument alone, but in the very critical art of composition, may be easily made appear over all the kinds of lyric poesy to be incomparable.
Page 75 - That tear'st the bowels of thy mangled mate, From thee be born , who o'er thy country hangs The scourge of heav'n. What terrors round him wait! Amazement in his van, with flight combin'd, And sorrow's faded form , and solitude behind.
Page 236 - ... form whereof the two poems of Homer, and those other two of Virgil and Tasso, are a diffuse, and the book of Job a brief model : or whether the rules of Aristotle herein are strictly to be kept, or nature to be followed, which in them that know art and use judgment, is no transgression, but an enriching of art...
Page 236 - Time serves not now, and perhaps I might seem too profuse to give any certain account of what the mind at home, in the spacious circuits of her musing, hath liberty to propose to herself, though of highest hope and hardest attempting; whether that epic form whereof the two poems of Homer and those other two of Virgil and Tasso are a diffuse, and the book of Job a brief model...
Page 166 - ... parley ended, our ambitious Grandam, Who onely yet did heart and eye abandon, Against the Lord, now farther doth proceed, And hand and mouth makes guilty of the deed. A novice Thief (that in a Closet spies A heap of Gold, that on the Table lies) Pale, fearfull shivering, twice or thrice extends, 340 And twice or thrice retires his fingers...
Page 219 - Cowley found himself to be a poet, or, as he himself tells us, ' was made one,' by the delight he took in Spenser's Fairy Queen, ' which was wont to lay in his mother's apartment ;' and which he had read all over, before he was twelve years old. That Dryden was, in some degree, similarly indebted to Cowley, we may collect from his denominating him ' the darling of my youth, the famous Cowley.
Page 11 - nothing can be further from my intention than to insinuate that Milton was a plagiarist or servile imitator; but I conceive that, having read these sacred poems of very high merit, at the immediate age when his own mind was just beginning to teem with poetry, he retained numberless thoughts, passages, and expressions therein, so deeply in his mind, that they hung inherently on his imagination, and became as it were naturalized there. Hence many of them were afterwards insensibly transfused into...

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