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" Action is momentary, The motion of a muscle this way or that; Suffering is long, obscure, and infinite! "
Wilson's Tales of the Borders, and of Scotland: historical, traditionary ... - Page 137
by John Mackay Wilson - 1857
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Lectures on the English Comic Writers: Delivered at the Surry Institution

William Hazlitt - English literature - 1819 - 343 pages
...ever after. It was into the mouth of such a character that a modern poet has well put the words, " ~ Action is momentary, The motion of a muscle, this way or that ; Suffering is long, obscure, and infmite." In the conflict of his feelings, he is worn to a skeleton, wasted to a shadow. But he endures...
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The Works of Charles Lamb: To which are Prefixed, His Letters, and ..., Volume 1

Charles Lamb, Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd - 1838 - 476 pages
...prose essays, make us share in his earnest curiosity. " Action is momentary — A word, a blow — the motion of a muscle this way or that ; Suffering is long, drear, and infinite." Wordsworth's genius is perhaps more fitly employed in thus tracing out the springs...
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Lectures on the English Comic Writers

William Hazlitt - English drama - 1845 - 222 pages
...ever after. It was into the mouth of such a character that a modern poet has well put the words, - Action is momentary, The motion of a muscle, this...that ; Suffering is long, obscure, and infinite." In the conflict of his feelings he is worn to a skeleton, wasted to a shadow. But he endures this living...
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Lectures on the English Comic Writers

William Hazlitt - English drama - 1845 - 222 pages
...ever after. It was into the mouth of such a character that n modern poet has well put the words, - Action is momentary, The motion of a muscle, this...that ; Suffering is long, obscure, and infinite." In the conflict of his feelings he is worn to a skeleton, wasted to a shadow. But he endures this living...
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Spirit of the Age: Or Contemporary Portraits

William Hazlitt - English literature - 1846 - 269 pages
...lines quoted from it, as put into the mouth of a person smit with remorse for some rash crime : -" Action is momentary, The motion of a muscle this way or that ; Suffering a long, obscure, and infinite !" Perhaps for want of light and shade, and the unshackled spirit of...
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Notes and Queries

Questions and answers - 1901
...with the living representative of William Lisle Bowles, the sonneteer L. TBAGBDY BY WORDSWORTH.— Action is momentary, The motion of a muscle this way...or that ; Suffering is long, obscure and infinite. Hazlitt says these lines occur in an unpublished tragedy of Wordsworth, written when he was young....
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Works, with a Sketch of His Life and Final Memorials, Volume 1

Charles Lamb - 1855
...Wordsworth's prose essays, make us share in his earnest curiosity. " Action is momentary— A word, a blow — the motion of a muscle this way or that ; Suffering is long, drear, and infinite." Wordsworth's genius is perhaps more fitly employed in thus tracing out the springs...
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The Bank Parlour, Or, Experiences in the Life of a Late Banker

A. B. Blackie - Banks and banking - 1861 - 366 pages
...amiability of character, concealed from us what could not fail to have been a deeply -rooted grief. Action is momentary — the motion of a muscle this way or that ; but suffering is long, obscure, and infinite. Still there are many sweet alleviations of human agony...
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Wilson's Tales of the Borders, and of Scotland ..., Volumes 1-2; Volume 110

John Mackay Wilson - 1863
...is how to get out of it. What do you advise ?" "I am utterly careless about it, Ehimeson; do as yon think best," replied Elliot, in a tone of deep despondency....and thundering and crashing down the steep, awakened Rhimeson from his contemplation of Elliot's grief; and, springing again to the brink of the almost...
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Character and Characteristic Men

Edwin Percy Whipple - Character - 1866 - 324 pages
...supposed that his whole theory of Romantic Art was based on these tremendous lines of Wordsworth : — " Action is momentary, — The motion of a muscle, this...-that : Suffering is long, obscure, and infinite." The second characteristic of his genius is connected with the first. "With his insight of individual...
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