Glendalough, Or, The Seven Churches: A Didactic Poem

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Hodges and Smith, 1848 - 163 ページ
 

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36 ページ - Imlac, I will not undertake to maintain, against the concurrent and unvaried testimony of all ages and of all nations. There is no people, rude or learned, among whom apparitions of the dead are not related and believed. This opinion, which perhaps prevails as far as human nature is diffused, could become universal only by its truth : those that never heard of one another, would not have agreed in a tale which nothing but experience can make credible.
100 ページ - Ah, dear Juliet, Why art thou yet so fair? Shall I believe That unsubstantial Death is amorous, And that the lean abhorred monster keeps Thee here in dark to be his paramour?
36 ページ - This opinion, which perhaps prevails as far as human nature is diffused, could become universal only by its truth: those that never heard of one another would not have agreed in a tale which nothing but experience can make credible. That it is doubted by single cavillers, can very little weaken the general evidence; and some who deny it with their tongues confess it by their fears.
131 ページ - Hope ye, my Verses, that posteritie Of age ensuing shall you ever read ? Hope ye that ever immortalitie So meane harpes worke may chalenge for her meed ? If under heaven anie endurance were, These moniments, which not in paper writ, But in porphyre and marble doo appeare, Might well have hop'd to have obtained it.
162 ページ - ... would descend and relate the circumstances of it, could you without difficulty be induced to give credit to it : I withdrew with the troops under my command, and was no otherwise concerned than as a spectator, and stood at no greater distance than the breadth of a fallow field and a ditch. When both the powerful armies engaged, and grappled in close fight, it was dreadful to behold how the swords glittered over their heads, being struck by the rays of the sun, \vhich gave them an appearance of...
161 ページ - beheld with my " eyes nor read in history an account of a sharper and bloodier " fight than this memorable action ; nor if an angel from " heaven would descend and relate the circumstances of it, " could you without difficulty be induced to give credit to it...
129 ページ - Glendalough, where a city soon sprung up, and a seminary was founded, from whence were sent forth many saints and exemplary men, whose sanctity and learning diffused around the western world that universal light of letters and religion, which, in the earlier ages, shone so resplendent throughout this remote and at that time tranquil isle, and were almost exclusively confined to it.
101 ページ - With these t' avoid, with that his fate to meet ; But fear prevails, and bids him trust his feet. So fast he flies, that his reviewing eye Has lost the chasers, and his ear the cry ; Exulting, till he finds their nobler sense...
68 ページ - I have hinted in these notes that I am not entirely free from a sort of gloomy fits with a fluttering of the heart and depression of spirits just as if I knew not what was going to befall me. I can sometimes resist this successfully, but it is better to evade than to combat it. The hang-dog spirit may have originated in the confusion and chucking about of our old furniture the stripping of walls of pictures...
163 ページ - ... Having fulfilled the task as a commentator upon Beranger, and observer of the present day, one cannot leave the locality without inserting the following graphic passage with which Archdall concludes his description : — " We shall now bid adieu to this illustrious seminary, which (in the language of a late eminent writer) was once the luminary of the western world, whence savage septs and roving barbarians derived the benefits of knowledge and the blessings of religion.

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