Ten Introductory Lectures Delivered at the Opening of the University of London


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13 ページ - Nor second he that rode sublime Upon the seraph-wings of Ecstasy, The secrets of th' abyss to spy. He passed the flaming bounds of Place and Time: The living throne, the sapphire blaze, Where angels tremble while they gaze, He saw; but, blasted with excess of light, Closed his eyes in endless night.
13 ページ - La libertad, Sancho, es uno de los más preciosos dones que a los hombres dieron los Cielos; con ella no pueden igualarse los tesoros que encierra la tierra ni el mar encubre; por la libertad, así como por la honra, se puede y debe aventurar la vida, y, por el contrario, el cautiverio es el mayor mal que puede venir a los hombres.
30 ページ - Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets; She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying. How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
23 ページ - From the authors which rose in the time of Elizabeth, a speech might be formed adequate to all the purposes of use and elegance.
19 ページ - ... natives of those countries with the sentiments of Romans; and Italy gave fashions, as well as laws, to her Latin provincials. They solicited with more ardour, and obtained with more facility, the freedom and honours of the state; supported the national dignity in letters'"' and in arms; and, at length, in the person of Trajan, produced an emperor whom the Scipios would not have disowned for their countryman.
23 ページ - If the language of theology were extracted from Hooker and the translation of the Bible ; the terms of natural knowledge from Bacon; the phrases of policy, war, and navigation from Raleigh; the dialect of poetry and fiction from Spenser and Sidney; and the diction of common life from Shakespeare, few ideas would be lost to mankind, for want of English words, in which they might be expressed.
13 ページ - ¿Ves el furor del animoso viento, embravecido en la fragosa sierra, que los antiguos robles ciento a ciento y los pinos altísimos atierra, y, de tanto destrozo aún no contento, al espantoso mar mueve la guerra?
31 ページ - And he spake of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall : he spake also of beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping things, and of fishes.
30 ページ - But in all my lectures, more particularly when treating upon that glorious and inexhaustible subject, the LITERATURE of our country - I shall esteem it my duty - and I trust shall find it my delight, - to inculcate lessons of virtue, through the medium of the masters of our language. Nor to those parents who are acquainted with the earlier productions of English Literature, will such a declaration appear superfluous or misplaced. They know, that the gems with which it is so copiously adorned, sometimes...
12 ページ - She walks the waters like a thing of life, And seems to dare the elements to strife.