Literary Sketches and Letters: Being the Final Memorials of Charles Lamb, Never Before Published

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Страница 89 - Laugh," where the mountains, and all the scenery absolutely seem alive ; and that fine Shakspearian character of the "happy man," in the " Brothers," " that creeps about the fields, Following his fancies by the hour, to bring Tears down his cheek or solitary smiles Into his face, until the setting sun Write Fool upon his forehead ! " I will mention one more — the delicate and curious feeling in the wish for the " Cumberland Beggar," that he may have about him the melody of birds, altho
Страница 24 - Believe thou, O my soul, Life is a vision shadowy of Truth ; And vice, and anguish, and the wormy grave, Shapes of a dream ! The veiling clouds retire, And lo ! the Throne of the redeeming God Forth flashing unimaginable day Wraps in one blaze earth, heaven, and deepest hell.
Страница 91 - Travels, where the mind is kept in a placid state of little wonderments; but the Ancient Marinere undergoes such Trials, as overwhelm and bury all individuality or memory of what he was, like the state of a man in a Bad dream, one terrible peculiarity of which is: that all consciousness of personality is gone. Your other observation is I think as well a little unfounded: the Marinere from being conversant in supernatural events has acquired a supernatural and strange cast of phrase, eye, appearance,...
Страница 203 - They will remember how the last debate was discussed in one corner, and the last comedy of Scribe in another; while Wilkie gazed with modest admiration on...
Страница 214 - Ay, sir ; to be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.
Страница 203 - ... most timid writer or artist, who found himself for the first time among Ambassadors and Earls. They will remember 'that constant flow of conversation, so natural, so animated, so various, so rich with observation and anecdote; that wit which never gave a wound; that exquisite mimicry which ennobled, instead of degrading; that goodness of heart which appeared in every look and accent, and gave additional value to every talent and acquirement. They will remember, too, that he whose name they hold...
Страница 108 - ... Disappointed, despondent, enraged ; ceasing to think, yet, continuing his brain on the stretch in solicitation of a thought; and gradually giving himself up to angry fancies, to recollections of past persecutions, to uneasy fears and inward defiances, and floating images of the Evil Being, their supposed personal author; he sinks, without perceiving it, into a trance of slumber ; during which his brain retains its...
Страница 40 - the former things are passed away," and I have something more to do jman to feel. God Almighty have us well in His keeping. C. LAMB. Mention nothing of poetry. I have destroyed every vestige of past vanities of that kind. Do as you please, but if you publish, publish mine (I give free leave) without name or initial, and never send me a book, I charge you.
Страница 183 - Mary is ill again. Her illnesses encroach yearly. The last was three months, followed by two of depression most dreadful. I look back upon her earlier attacks with longing : nice little durations of six weeks or so, followed by complete restoration, — shocking as they were to me then. In short, half her life she is dead to me, and the other half is made anxious with fears and lockings forward to the next shock.
Страница 150 - Disappointment attend him ! How I like to be liked, and what I do to be liked ! They flatter me in magazines, newspapers, and all the minor reviews. The Quarterlies hold aloof. But they must come into it in time, or their leaves be waste paper. Salute Trinity Library in my name. Two special things are worth seeing at Cambridge, a portrait of Cromwell at Sidney, and a better of Dr.