Great Scholars: Buchanan, Bentley, Porson, Parr and Others

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Macniven & Wallace, 1880 - Scholars - 251 pages

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Page 77 - Down thither prone in flight He speeds, and through the vast ethereal sky Sails between worlds and worlds, with steady wing: Now on the polar winds, then with quick fan Winnows the buxom air; till, within soar Of towering eagles, to all the fowls he seems A phoenix, gazed by all as that sole bird, When, to enshrine his reliques in the Sun's Bright temple, to Egyptian Thebes he flies.
Page 148 - ... and passengers by many foolish acts ; such as riding in high prelatical pomp through the streets on a black saddle, bearing in his hand a long cane or wand, such as women used to have, with an ivory head like a crosier, which was probably the reason why he liked it:" We see by this he was already thinking of the bishopric.
Page 72 - I shall here insert them, and hope my readers will apply them. "Who strives to mount Parnassus' hill, And thence ppetick laurels bring, Must first acquire due force and skill, Must fly with swan's or eagle's wing. Who Nature's treasures would explore, Her mysteries and arcana know ; Must high as lofty Newton soar, j\Just stoop as delving Woodward low.
Page 82 - Where Bentley late tempestuous wont to sport In troubled waters, but now sleeps in port.
Page 206 - Dr Adam, to whom I owed so much, never failed to remind me of my obligations when I had made some figure in the literary world. He was, indeed, deeply imbued with that fortunate vanity which alone could induce a man who has arms to pare and burn a muir, to submit to the yet more toilsome task of cultivating youth.
Page 88 - When the dunces," he would say, "could not discover that I was pondering it in my mind, and fixing it more firmly in my memory, than if I had been bawling it out amongst the rest of my school- fellows.
Page 172 - Episcopal limits behind, and swells out into boundless convexity of frizz, the yue-ya 6av/ta of barbers, and the terror of the literary world. After the manner of his wig, the Doctor has constructed his sermon, giving us a discourse of no common length, and subjoining an immeasurable mass of notes, which appear to concern every learned thing, every learned man, and almost every unlearned man since the beginning of the world.
Page 29 - The first man of that period who united elegant learning to original and masculine thought was Buchanan, and he too seems to have been the first scholar who caught from the ancients the noble flame of republican enthusiasm. This praise is merited
Page 172 - The Doctor is never simple and natural for a single instant. Every thing smells of the rhetorician. He never appears to forget himself, or to be hurried by his subject into obvious language.
Page 170 - Yet all that we have mentioned, was, and seemed to be, a trifle by comparison with the infinite pettiness of his matter. Nothing did he utter but little shreds of calumnious tattle — the most ineffably silly and frivolous of all that was then circulating in the Whig salons of London against the Regent. He began precisely in these words :

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