The letters of Thomas Gray, chronologically arranged from the Walpole and Mason collections

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Page 106 - modern dramatics : But I, that am not shaped for sportive tricks, Nor made to court an amorous looking-glass: I, that am rudely stamp'd, and want love's majesty To strut before a wanton ambling nymph : 1, that am
Page 150 - The verse to which he alludes is this: " Ev'n from the tomb the voice of nature cries; Ev'n in our ashes live their wonted fires." The last line of which he had at first written thus: •• Awake and faithful to her wonted fires.
Page 106 - one to my understanding. As to matter of style, I have this to say : the language of the age is never the language of poetry; except among the French, whose verse, where the thought or image does not support it, differs in nothing from prose.
Page 88 - I mean) till it was too late. It is thirteen years ago, and seems but as yesterday, and every day I live it sinks deeper into my heart*. Many a corollary could I draw from this axiom for your use, (not for my own) but I will leave you the merit of doing it
Page 17 - sportive squirrel gambol around me like Adam in Paradise, before he had an Eve; but I think he did not use to read Virgil, as I commonly do there. In this situation I often converse with my Horace, aloud -too, that is talk to you, but 1 do not remember that I
Page 125 - up Skiddaw, but I thought it better employed; it was perfectly serene, and hot as midsummer. In the evening 1 walked alone down to the lake by the side of Crow-park after sunset, and saw the solemn colouring of night draw on, the last gleam of sun-shine fading away on the hill-tops, the deep serene of the waters,
Page 106 - enriching it with foreign idioms and derivatives: nay, sometimes words of their own composition or invention. Shakspeare and Milton have been great creators this way ; and no one more licentious than Pope or Dryden, who perpetually borrow expressions from the former. Let me give you some instances from
Page 136 - he is really in simplicity a child, and loves every body he meets with: he reads little or nothing; writes abundance, and that with a design to make his fortune by it. My best compliments to Mrs. Wharton and your family: does that name include any body I am not yet acquainted with
Page 55 - gutter, which they call goscia. Mont Cenis, I confess, carries the permission mountains have of being frightful rather too far; and its horrors were accompanied with too much danger to give one time to reflect upon their beauties. There is a family of the Alpine monsters I have mentioned, upon its very top, that in the
Page 122 - overturned between York and Edinburgh. I heard three people, sensible middle-aged men (when the Scotch were said to be at Stamford, and actually were at Derby), talking of hiring a chaise to go to Caxton (a place in the high road) to see the Pretender and the Highlanders as they passed. I can say no more for

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