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Let us examine the point of the story in the " Belshazzar's Feast." We will
introduce it by an apposite anecdote. The court historians of the day record, that
at the first dinner given by the late King (then Prince Regent) at the Pavilion, the
... so that the joints of his loins were loosened, and his knees smote one against
another." This is the plain text. By no hint can it be otherwise inferred, but that the
appearance was solely confined to the fancy of Belshazzar, that his single brain ...
But admitting the artist's own version of the story, and that the sight was seen also
by the thousand courtiers— let it have been visible to all Babylon — as the knees
of Belshazzar were shaken, and his countenance troubled, even so would the ...
But in a " day of judgment," or in a "day of lesser horrors, yet divine," as at the
impious feast of Belshazzar, the eye should see, as the actual eye of an agent or
patient in the immediate scene would see, only in masses and indis tinction.
Yet in the picture of this subject by the artist of the " Belshazzar's Feast ' — no
ignoble work either — the marshalling and landscape of the war is everything,
the miracle sinks into an anecdote of the day ; and the eye may " dart through
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Oh, my, these are hilarious! A collection of essays by Lamb's imaginary friend, an eclectic, off-beat and highly opinionated persona. The preface, bemoaning the death of the imaginary friend while ... Read full review