The Edinburgh Review: Or Critical Journal, Volumen 89

A. Constable, 1849

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Página 324 - Writing grows a habit, like a woman's gallantry : there are women who have had no intrigue, but few who have had but one only; so there are millions of men who have never written a book, but few who have written only one.
Página 312 - I am inclined to think, his practice, when engaged in the composition of any work, to excite thus his vein by the perusal of others, on the same subject or plan, from which the slightest hint caught by his imagination, as he read, was sufficient to kindle there such a train of thought as, but for that spark, had never been awakened, and of which he himself soon forgot the source.
Página 18 - Its topmost round ; when it appear'd to him With Angels laden. But to mount it now None lifts his foot from earth : and hence my rule Is left a profitless stain upon the leaves ; The walls, for abbey rear'd, turn'd into dens; The cowls, to sacks choak'd up with musty meal.
Página 296 - Thus our knowledge is vastly greater than the sum of what all its objects separately could afford ; and when a new object comes within our reach, the addition to our knowledge is the greater the more we already know, so that it increases not as the new objects increase, but in a much higher proportion.
Página 181 - ... whirlpool ; day by day the freemen, deprived of their old national defences, wringing with difficulty a precarious subsistence from incessant labour, sullenly yielded to a yoke which they could not shake off, and commended themselves (such was the phrase) to the protection of a lord; till a complete change having thus been operated in the opinions of men, and consequently in every relation of society, a, new order of things...
Página 429 - If at all they murmur and say 'tis too small, We bid them choose whether they'll work at all. And thus we do gain all our wealth and estate, By many poor men that work early and late. Then hey for the clothing trade ! It goes on brave ; We scorn for to toyl and moyl, nor yet to slave.
Página 10 - The greatness of the Benedictines did not, however, consist either in their agricultural skill, their prodigies of architecture, or their priceless libraries, but in their parentage of countless men and women illustrious for active piety, for wisdom in the government of mankind, for profound learning, and for that contemplative spirit, which discovers within the soul itself, things beyond the limits of the perceptible creation.
Página 356 - ... threw A shade of sweet austerity. But seen In happier hours and by the friendly few, That curtain of the spirit was withdrawn, And fancy light and playful as a fawn, And reason...
Página 304 - There never was an age so prolific of popular poetry as that in which we now live ; and as wealth, population, and education extend, the produce is likely to go on increasing. The last ten years have produced, we think, an annual supply of about ten thousand lines of good staple poetry — poetry from the very first hands that we can boast of — that runs quickly to three or four large editions— and is as likely to be permanent as present success can make it.
Página 408 - There is another side to the picture. There were homes over which Carsons' fire threw a deep, terrible gloom ; the homes of those who would fain work, and no man gave unto them — the homes of those to whom leisure was a curse. There, the family music was hungry wails, when week after week passed by, and there was no work to be had, and consequently no wages to pay for the bread the children cried aloud for in their young impatience of suffering.

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