Lectures on American Literature: With Remarks on Some Passages of American History

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Elam Bliss, 1829 - American literature - 300 pages
 

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Page 190 - Turn him to any course of policy, The gordian knot of it he will unloose, Familiar as his garter; that when he speaks, The air, a chartered libertine, is still; And the mute wonder lurketh in men's ears To steal his sweet and honeyed sentences.
Page 13 - To fair Fidele's grassy tomb Soft maids and village hinds shall bring Each opening sweet of earliest bloom, And rifle all the breathing spring. .. No wailing ghost shall dare appear To vex with shrieks this quiet grove; But shepherd lads assemble here, And melting virgins own their love. No
Page 13 - The cloud-capt towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself; Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve, And, like the baseless fabric of a vision, Leave not a wreck behind.
Page 49 - rage ; The wisest heads and noblest hearts. Not such as Europe breeds, in her decay Such as she bred, when fresh and young; When heavenly flame did animate her clay, By future poets shall be sung. Westward the course of empire takes its way; The four first acts already past, A fifth shall close the drama with the day ; Time's noblest offspring is the last. While
Page 54 - Westward the star of empire takes its way; The four first acts already past, The fifth shall close the drama with the day— Time's noblest offspring is his last.
Page 13 - And valour an heroic virtue call'd : To overcome in battle, and subdue Nations, and bring home spoils with infinite Manslaughter, shall be held the highest pitch Of human glory, and for glory done Of triumph, to be sty I'd great conquerors, Patrons of mankind, gods, and sons of gods, Destroyers rightlier call'd, and plagues of men. Thus fame shall be
Page 173 - And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.
Page 79 - the virtuous dead: O stranger! stay thee, and the scene around Contemplate well; and if, perchance, thy home Salute thee with a father's honour'd name, Go call thy sons—instruct them what a debt They owe their ancestors, and make them swear To pay it, by transmitting down entire Those sacred rights, to which themselves were bom.
Page 13 - Thy strong conception, as when Brutus rose Refulgent from the stroke of Caesar's fate Amid the crowd of patriots; and his arm Aloft extending, like eternal Jove When guilt brings down the thunder, call'd aloud On Tully's name, and shook his crimson steel, And bade the father of his country hail! • For lo! the tyrant prostrate on the dust, And Rome again is free!
Page 2 - of the said District, has deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as author, in the words following', to wit:— . "Lectures on

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