Cato: Or, An Essay on Old-age

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J. Dodsley., 1773 - Old age - 319 pages
 

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Page 279 - Lives through all life, extends through all extent, Spreads undivided, operates unspent: Breathes in our soul, informs our mortal part, As full, as perfect, in a hair as heart; As full, as perfect, in vile man that mourns, As the rapt seraph that adores and burns: To him no high, no low, no great, no small; He fills, he bounds, connects, and equals all.
Page 289 - Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth Unseen, both when we wake, and when we sleep : All these with ceaseless praise his works behold Both day and night. How often from the steep Of echoing hill or thicket have we heard Celestial voices to the midnight air, Sole, or responsive each to...
Page 279 - Warms in the sun, refreshes in the breeze, Glows in the stars, and blossoms in the trees : Lives through all life, extends through all extent, Spreads undivided, operates unspent...
Page 33 - ... they have entered into, or with whom they have had any pecuniary transactions. Innumerable instances of a strong memory in advanced years might be produced from among our celebrated lawyers, pontiffs, augurs, and philosophers; for the faculties of the mind will...
Page 125 - I am far from regretting that life was bestowed on me, as I have the satisfaction to think that I have employed it in such a manner as not to have lived in vain. In short, I consider this world as a place which Nature never designed for my permanent abode ; and I look upon my departure out of it, not as being driven from my habitation, but as leaving my inn. O glorious day ! when I shall retire from this low and sordid scene, to associate with the divine assembly of departed spirits...
Page 84 - We nowhere art do so triumphant see, As when it grafts or buds the tree : In other things we count it to excel, If it a docile scholar can appear To nature, and but imitate her well ; It over-rules and is her master here. It imitates her Maker's power divine, And changes her some-times and sometimes does refine ; It does, like grace, the fallen tree restore, To its blest state of Paradise before.
Page 114 - Behold the child by nature's kindly law, Pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw: Some livelier plaything gives his youth delight, A little louder, but as empty quite : Scarfs, garters, gold, amuse his riper stage, And beads and prayer-books are the toys of age : Pleased with this bauble still, as that before, Till tired he sleeps, and life's poor play is o'er.
Page 236 - Plane. 66 Cicero reports on Cato's remark at the beginning of his Origines : clarorum virorum atque magnorum non minus otii quam negotii rationem extare oportere, words which indicate that Cato evidently viewed his history as a justification to the Roman people for his otium. S. therefore is placing himself on a par with illustrious predecessors, in that his otium is really a matter of being intentus negotio. However, S. immediately proceeds to attack two contemporary...
Page 190 - The truth is, the human mind is never ftationary: when it is not progreflive, it is neceflarily retrograde. He who imagines, at any period of his life, that he can advance no farther in moral, or intellectual improvements, is as little acquainted with the extent of his own powers, as the...
Page 84 - O'er all the vegetable world command ? And the wild giants of the wood receive What law he's pleas'd to give ? He bids th' ill-natur'd crab produce The gentler apple's winy juice, The golden fruit, that worthy is Of Galatea's purple kiss : He does the savage hawthorn teach To bear the medlar and the pear ; He bids the rustic plum to rear A noble trunk, and be a peach.

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