Life of Robert Southey

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Chapman and Hall, 1854 - 298 strán (strany)
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Strana 121 - Twas thine own genius gave the final blow, And helped to plant the wound that laid thee low : So the struck eagle, stretched upon the plain, No more through rolling clouds to soar again, Viewed his own feather on the fatal dart, And winged the shaft that quivered in his heart ; Keen were his pangs, but keener far to feel He nursed the pinion which impelled the steel ; While the same plumage that had warmed his nest Drank the last life-drop of his bleeding breast.
Strana 172 - EXEGI monumentum aere perennius Regalique situ pyramidum altius, Quod non imber edax, non Aquilo impotens Possit diruere aut innumerabilis Annorum series et fuga temporum. Non omnis moriar, multaque pars mei Vitabit Libitinam. Usque ego postera Crescam laude recens, dum Capitolium Scandet cum tacita Virgine pontifex.
Strana 259 - YE vales and hills whose beauty hither drew The poet's steps, and fixed him here, on you His eyes have closed ! And ye, lov'd books, no more Shall Southey feed upon your precious lore, To works that ne'er shall forfeit their renown, Adding immortal labours of his own — Whether he traced historic truth, with zeal For the state's guidance, or the church's weal, Or fancy, disciplined by studious art...
Strana 67 - I look round the world, and everywhere find the same mournful spectacle — the strong tyrannising over the weak, man and beast ; the same depravity pervades the whole creation ; oppression is triumphant everywhere, and the only difference is, that it acts in Turkey through the anger of a grand seignior, in France of a revolutionary tribunal, and in England of a prime minister.
Strana 260 - Fancy, disciplined by studious art, Informed his pen, or wisdom of the heart, Or judgments sanctioned in the Patriot's mind By reverence for the rights of all mankind. Wide were his aims, yet in no human breast Could private feelings meet for holier rest.
Strana 124 - By way of interlude comes in this preface. Don't swear, and bid me do one thing at a time. I tell you I can't afford to do one thing at a time — no, nor two neither; and it is only by doing many things that I contrive to do so much : for I cannot work long together at anything without hurting myself, and so I do everything by heats ; then, by the time I am tired of one, my inclination for another is come round.
Strana 156 - It is a thing well to be considered; for the surest way to prevent seditions (if the times do bear it) is to take away the matter of them. For if there be fuel prepared, it is hard to tell whence the spark shall come that shall set it on fire.
Strana 103 - ... with the date of the year carved above them, and huge fire-places that warmed the shins of Englishmen before the house of Hanover came over. The most delightful associations that ever made me feel, and think, and fall a-dreaming, are excited by old buildings — not absolute ruins, but in a state of decline. Even the...
Strana 29 - I must learn to break a rebellious spirit which neither authority nor oppression could ever bow ; it would be easier to break my neck. I must learn to work a problem instead of writing an ode. I must learn to pay respect to men remarkable only for great wigs and little wisdom.
Strana 30 - Dec. 1792. you think it possible that the wise founders of an English university should forbid us to wear boots ! * What matters it whether I study in shoes or boots ? to me it is matter of indifference ; but folly so ridiculous puts me out of conceit with the whole.

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