The spirit of the age: or, Contemporary portraits [by William Hazlitt.].


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Seite 62 - That which was now a horse, even with a thought The rack dislimns, and makes it indistinct As water is in water." Our author's mind is (as he himself might express it) tangential. There is no* subject on which he has not touched, none on which
Seite 200 - Few, few shall part, where many meet! The snow shall be their winding-sheet, And every turf beneath their feet Shall be a soldier's sepulchre." Mr. Campbell's prose-criticisms on contemporary and other poets (which have appeared in the New Monthly Magazine) are in a style at once chaste, temperate, guarded, and just. Mr. Crabbe presents an entire contrast to
Seite 301 - hurried in; Its little smoke in pallid moonshine died: She closed the door, she panted, all akin To spirits of the air and visions wide: No utter'd syllable, or woe betide! But to her heart, her heart was voluble, Paining with eloquence her balmy side; As though a tongueless nightingale should swell Her heart in vain, and die, heart-stifled,
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Seite 74 - it is unquestionably a work of genius—of wild, irregular, overwhelming imagination, and has that rich, varied movement in the verse, which gives a distant idea of the lofty or changeful tones of Mr. Coleridge's voice. In the Christobel, there is one splendid passage on divided friendship. The Translation of Schiller's

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