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" The busy day, the peaceful night, Unfelt, uncounted, glided by; His frame was firm, his powers were bright, Though now his eightieth year was nigh. Then, with no throbs of fiery pain, No cold gradations of decay, Death broke at once the vital chain, And... "
Addresses and Messages to the General Court, Proclamations, Official ... - Page 71
by Massachusetts. Governor - 1861
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The Christian miscellany, and family visiter

1869
...firm, his powers were bright, Though now his eightieth year wa.s nigh. " Then, with no throbs of flery pain, No cold gradations of decay, Death broke at...vital chain, And freed his soul the nearest way." What a testimony is this from such a pen as that of Dr. Johnsonj which never lent itself to flattery...
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The American Union Speaker: Containing Standard and Recent Selections in ...

John Dudley Philbrick - Readers - 1870
...— whether in the humbler ranks or bearing the sword of official power, whether private, capfciin, surgeon, or chaplain, for all these in the heady fight...vital chain, And freed his soul the nearest way." /. A. Andrea. CCLXXVII. HONOR TO OUR HEROES. PT^HE heart swells with unwonted emotion when we remember...
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Divided Fictions: Fanny Burney and Feminine Strategy

Kristina Straub - Literary Criticism
...so totally dedicated himself to alleviating the bodily pains of others: Then with no throbbing fiery pain, No cold gradations of decay, Death broke at...vital chain, And free'd his soul the nearest way. [Poems 235.33-36] A life spent watching the poor and the obscure die has prepared Levet for acceptance...
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Preromanticism

Marshall Brown - Literary Criticism - 1991 - 500 pages
...stanza and subsequent reascent to bright day, images a transcendent immediacy of the eternal moment: "Death broke at once the vital chain, / And free'd his soul the nearest way." The rhyme at the end echoes the first stanza, and the redemptive "and" is the soft transition that...
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The Columbia Granger's Dictionary of Poetry Quotations

Edith P. Hazen - Reference - 1992 - 1132 pages
...the Eternal Master found The single talent well employed. (1. 25-28) 4 Then with no fiery throbbing ) 53 The ri . (1. 33-36) EBEV; HelP; InPS; NAEL-1: NOBE; NOEC; NoP; OAEL-1; OBEV; PoE; PoEL-3; PPP; SCV; TEP 241...
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Gender, Race, and the National Education Association: Professionalism and ...

Wayne J. Urban - Education - 2000 - 304 pages
...firm, his powers were bright, Though now his eightieth year was nigh. Then with no throbbing fiery pain, No cold gradations of decay, Death broke at...the vital chain, And freed his soul the nearest way. Like Alexander Pope (1688-1744), who had spoken of "This long disease, my life', Johnson reworks the...
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Chapters into Verse: Poetry in English Inspired by the Bible: Volume 1 ...

Robert Atwan, Laurance Wieder - Poetry - 1993 - 432 pages
...firm, his powers were bright, Though now his eightieth year was nigh. Then with no throbbing fiery pain, No cold gradations of decay, Death broke at once the vital chain, And forced his soul the nearest way. MATTHEW 25:30-33 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness:...
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The New England Historical and Genealogical Registry: Volume 22 1868

New England Historic Genealogical Society Staff - 1994 - 500 pages
...remarks on that occasion, is appropriate to the present case : " Then with no fiery, throbbing paio, No cold gradations of decay ; Death broke at once the vital chain, And freed his aoul the nearest way." Mr. Deblois was tall in person, remarkably well developed, and of commanding...
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The Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson

Brian Friel, Philip Davis, Catherine Neal Parke, Howard David Weinbrot, Paul J. Korshin, Eithne Henson, Robert DeMaria, Robert Folkenflik, Clement Hawes, Fred Parker, Philip Smallwood, Michael Felix Suarez, John Wilshire, Thomas Keymer, Steven Lynn - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 266 pages
...freedom from temporal prison. As the allusion to Matthew denotes, the Eternal Master also rewards Levet: "Death broke at once the vital chain, / And free'd his soul the nearest way" (35-36) nearer to God, who welcomes Levet as a good and faithful servant who has entered the far country...
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The Triumph of Augustan Poetics: English Literary Culture from Butler to Johnson

Blanford Parker, Parker Blanford - Literary Criticism - 1998 - 262 pages
...moment of The Vanity of Human Wishes, but with even more pointed emotion: Then with no throbbing fiery pain, No cold gradations of decay, Death broke at...the vital chain, And freed his soul the nearest way. ("On the Death of Dr. Robert Levet," 33-36) This is the extraordinary moment, when the soul, released...
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