Elements of Rhetoric and Literary Criticism: With Copious Practical Exercises and Examples. For the Use of Common Schools and Academies. Including, Also, a Succinct History of the English Language, and of British and American Literatrue from the Earliest to the Present Times. On the Basis of the Recent Works of Alexander Reid and Robert Connel; with Large Additions from Other Sources

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Página 228 - Where heaves the turf in many a mouldering heap, Each in his narrow cell forever laid, Beneath those rugged elms, that yew-tree's shade, The rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep. The breezy call of incense-breathing morn, No more shall rouse them from their lowly bed. For them no more the blazing hearth
Página 217 - Farewell, happy fields, Where joy forever dwells! Hail horrors, hail Infernal world! and thou, profoundest hell, Receive thy new possessor ; one who brings A mind not to be changed by place or time. The mind is its own place, and in itself Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of
Página 264 - MILTON ! them shouldst be living at this hour England hath need of thee ; she is a fen Of stagnant waters ; altar, SWord, and pen, Fireside, the heroic wealth of hall and bower, Have forfeited their ancient English dower Of inward happiness. We are selfish men, Oh ! raise us up, return to us again ; And give us
Página 210 - eyes severe, and beard of formal cut, Full of wise saws and modem instances, And so he plays his part: the sixth age shifts Into the lean and slippered pantaloon, With spectacles on nose and pouch on side, His youthful hoee well saved, a world too wide
Página 268 - with health, and peace, and sweet content; And oh, may Heaven their simple lives prevent From luxury's contagion weak and vile ; Then however crowns and coronets be rent, A virtuous populace may rise the while, And stand, a wall of fire, around their much-loved isle." The kindness of his heart may be seen in the
Página 252 - unrevenged ? Arise, ye Goths ! and glut your ire'. WATERLOO. There was a sound of revelry by night, And Belgium's capital had gather'd then Her beauty and her chivalry, and bright The lamps shone o'er fair women and brave men; A thousand hearts beat happily, and when Music arose with its voluptuous swell, And all went merry as a marriage-bell;
Página 229 - woodland, the resounding shore, The pomp of groves and garniture of fields ; All that the genial ray of morning gilds, And all that echoes to the song of even, All that the mountain's sheltering bosom shields, And all the dread magnificence of heaven— 0 how canst thou renounce, and hope to be forgiven 1
Página 226 - In pride, in reas'ning pride, our error lies; All quit their sphere, and rush into the skies. Pride still is aiming at the bless'd abodes; Men would be angels, angels would be gods. Aspiring to be gods, if angels fell, Aspiring to be angels, men rebel: And who but wishes to invert the laws Of
Página 253 - pounng forward with impetuous speed, And swiftly forming in the ranks of war; And the deep thunder, peal on peal afar; And near the beat of the alarming drum Housed up the soldier ere the morning star; While throng'd the citizens with terror dumb,
Página 228 - air. ***** Fair laughs the morn and soft the zephyr blows. While, proudly riding o'er the azure realm, In gallant trim the gilded vessel goes, Regardless of the sweeping whirlwind's sway, Youth on the prow and Pleasure at the helm; That, hush'd in grim repose, expects his

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