The Edinburgh Review: Or Critical Journal, Volume 36

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A. Constable, 1822

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Page 7 - Happy the man, and happy he alone, He, who can call to-day his own : He who, secure within, can say, To-morrow do thy worst, for I have lived today. Be fair or foul, or rain or shine, The joys I have possessed, in spite of fate, are mine. Not Heaven itself upon the past has power ; But what has been, has been, and I have had my hour.
Page 239 - Thus the ideas, as well as children, of our youth often die before us; and our minds represent to us those tombs to which we are approaching; where though the brass and marble remain, yet the inscriptions are effaced by time, and the imagery moulders away.
Page 52 - Family Shakspeare : In which nothing is added to the Original Text ; but those words and expressions are omitted which cannot with propriety be read aloud.
Page 4 - Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense ; And the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
Page 240 - Lucretius (I mean of his soul and genius) is a certain kind of noble pride and positive assertion of his opinions. He is everywhere confident of his own reason, and assuming an absolute command, not only over his vulgar reader, but even his patron Memmius. For he is always bidding him attend as if he had the rod over him, and using a magisterial authority while he instructs him.
Page 7 - I consulted a greater genius (without offence to the manes of that noble author), I mean Milton ; but as he endeavours everywhere to express Homer, whose age had not arrived to that fineness, I found in him a true sublimity, lofty thoughts, which were clothed with admirable Grecisms, and ancient words, which he had been digging from the mines of Chaucer and .Spenser, and which, with all their rusticity, had somewhat of venerable in them. But I found not there neither that for which I looked.
Page 244 - I should be glad to meet you any where, and the rather, because the conclusion of your letter makes me apprehend it would not be wholly useless to you. But whether you think it fit or not, I leave wholly to you. I shall always be ready to serve you to my utmost, in any way you shall like, and shall only need your commands or permission to do it.
Page 230 - Christendom ; and to justify to the world, the people of England, whose love of their just and natural rights, with their resolution to preserve them, saved the nation when it was on the very brink of slavery and ruin.
Page 368 - Fry is an amiable, excellent woman, and ten thousand times better than the infamous neglect that preceded her; but hers is not the method to stop crimes. In prisons which are really meant to keep the multitude in order, and to be a terror to evil doers, there must be no sharing of profits — no visiting of friends — no education but religious education — no freedom of diet — no weavers' looms or carpenters' THE BISHOP OF PETERBOROUGH AND HIS CLERGY.
Page 443 - This is the charge which we bring against Lord Byron. We say that, under some strange misapprehension as to the truth, and the duty of proclaiming it, he has exerted all the powers of his powerful mind to convince his readers, both directly and indirectly, that all ennobling pursuits, and disinterested virtues, are mere deceits or illusions — hollow mockeries for the most part, and, at best, but laborious follies.

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