A System of Intellectual Philosophy

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Harper & Brothers, 1847 - Psychologie - 330 pages

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Page 181 - A poem is that species of composition which is opposed to works of science, by proposing for its immediate object pleasure, not truth; and from all other species (having this object in common with it) it is discriminated by proposing to itself such delight from the whole as is compatible with a distinct gratification from each component part.
Page 141 - His very word of grace is strong As that which built the skies ; The voice that rolls the stars along Speaks all the promises.
Page 128 - Listening, a gentle shock of mild surprise Has carried far into his heart the voice Of mountain torrents ; or the visible scene Would enter unawares into his mind With all its solemn imagery, its rocks, Its woods, and that uncertain heaven, received Into the bosom of the steady lake.
Page 102 - On the proud crest of Satan, that no sight, Nor motion of swift thought, less could his shield, Such ruin intercept : ten paces huge He back recoil'd ; the tenth on bended knee His massy spear upstay'd ; as if, on earth, Winds under ground, or waters forcing way, Sidelong, had push'da mountain from his seat, Half sunk with all his pines.
Page 136 - Between the acting of a dreadful thing And the first motion, all the interim is Like a phantasma, or a hideous dream : The genius, and the mortal instruments, Are then in council; and the state of man, Like to a little kingdom, suffers then The nature of an insurrection.
Page 127 - Pressed closely palm to palm and to his mouth Uplifted, he, as through an instrument, Blew mimic hootings to the silent owls, That they might answer him. — And they would shout Across the watery vale, and shout again, Responsive to his call, — with quivering peals, And long halloos, and screams, and echoes loud Redoubled and redoubled; concourse wild Of jocund din!
Page 131 - By policy and long process' of time, In emulation opposite to Heaven. Which when Beelzebub perceived — than whom, Satan except, none higher sat — with grave Aspect he rose, and in his rising seemed A pillar of state. Deep on his front engraven Deliberation sat, and public care ; And princely counsel in his face yet shon, Majestic, though in ruin.
Page 302 - To be no more. Sad cure! for who would lose, Though full of pain, this intellectual being, Those thoughts that wander through eternity, To perish rather, swallowed up and lost In the wide womb of uncreated Night, Devoid of sense and motion?
Page 131 - Their dread commander ; he, above the rest In shape and gesture proudly eminent, Stood like a tower ; his form had yet not lost All her original brightness, nor appeared Less than archangel ruined, and the excess Of glory obscured...
Page 137 - What soul was his, when, from the naked top Of some bold headland, he beheld the sun Rise up, and bathe the world in light...

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