Critical Opinion in the Eighteenth Century: English Personal Letter

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Mimeographed and printed by Edwards Brothers, 1923 - Criticism - 144 pages

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Page 49 - The numerous and violent claps of the whig party on the one side of the theatre, were echoed back by the tories on the other; while the author sweated behind the scenes with concern to find their applause proceeding more from the hand than the head.
Page 73 - THESE, as they change, ALMIGHTY FATHER, these Are but the varied God. The rolling year Is full of THEE. Forth in the pleasing Spring THY beauty walks, THY tenderness and love. Wide flush the fields ; the softening air is balm ; Echo the mountains round ; the forest smiles ; And every sense, and every heart is joy. Then comes THY glory in the Summer months, With light and heat refulgent. Then THY sun...
Page 124 - I did nothing but craze the faculties of my soul about her, or steal out to meet her; and the two two last nights of my stay in the country, had sleep been a mortal sin, the image of this modest and innocent girl had kept me guiltless.
Page 36 - ... that rapture and fire which carries you away with him with that wonderful force that no man who has a true poetical spirit is master of himself while he reads him.
Page 30 - People seek for what they call wit, on all subjects, and in all places ; not considering that nature loves truth so well, that it hardly ever admits of flourishing : conceit is to nature what paint is to beauty ; it is not only needless, but impairs what it would improve.
Page 85 - His opinion in this will not be amiss ; 'tis what I intend, my principal end, and, if I succeed, and folks should read, till a few are brought to a serious thought, I shall think I am paid for all I have said and all I have done, though I...
Page 131 - Burns's poems, and have read them twice ; and though they be written in a language that is new to me, and many of them on subjects much inferior to the author's ability, I think them on the whole a very extraordinary production.
Page 52 - I thought the story, if written in an easy and natural manner, suitable to the simplicity of it, might possibly introduce a new species of writing, that might possibly turn young people into a course of reading different from, the pomp and parade of romance-writing, and, dismissing the improbable and...
Page 17 - s, writ in such mystical terms, that I should never have found out the meaning, if a Book had not been sent me called Gulliver's Travels, of which you say so much in yours.
Page 89 - If I trifle, and merely trifle, it is because I am reduced to it by necessity - a melancholy, that nothing else so effectually disperses, engages me sometimes in the arduous task of being merry by force. And, strange as it may seem, the most ludicrous lines I ever wrote have been written in the saddest mood, and, but for that saddest mood, perhaps had never been written at all.

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