Essays, Biographical, Critical and Historical, Volumen 3

General Books, 2013 - 84 páginas
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1814 edition. Excerpt: ...base impediments to rise, " And some are born with none.. " But virtue can itself advance " To what the fav'rite tools of chance " By fortune seem'd design'd; " Virtue can gain the odds of fate, ' " And from itself shake off the weight " Upon th' unworthy mind." A considerable portion of originality is likewise to be found in the Allegory on Man, which contains a very bold and novel personification of Time in-the era of his youth; and who, having assigned to Care the union of the soul and body, Jove ordains the latter to preside over and regulate the junction: Our umpire Time shall have his way, With Care I let the creature stay; Let bus'ness vex him, av'rice blind, Let doubt and knowledge rack his mind; Let error act, opinion speak, And want aflliet, and sickness break, And anger burn, dejection chill, And joy distract, and sorrow kill. A picture but too faithful of the frailties and misery of human nature! The Night Piece on Death, though it contain some very striking and impressive imagery, has been too lavishly applauded; few will agree with Goldsmith, when he asserts, that it " deserves every praise ';" and that " with very little amendment it might be made to surpass all those night pieces and church-yard scenes that have since 'appeared."-Goldsmith either did not relish, or he envied, the poetry of Gray; and this indirect-satire on by far the most beautiful of elegiac pro ductions, must subject the critic to the unpleasant alternative of want of judgment or want of candour. It has been suggested by Johnson, that Parnell was indebted to Clieveland for the hint on which he has founded his Hymn to Contentment. I do not perceive, however, ...

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