Memoirs of the Life and Writings of William Hayley, Esq: The Friend and Biographer of Cowper, Том 2

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H. Colburn and Company, 1823

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Страница 210 - Ye gentle birds, that perch aloof, And smooth your pinions on my roof, Preparing for departure hence Ere winter's angry threats commence ; Like you my soul would smooth her plume For longer flights beyond the tomb. " May God, by whom is seen and heard Departing man and wandering bird, In mercy mark us for His own And guide us to the land unknown!
Страница 136 - perfectly pleased with the shape of the lyre introduced by the ' sculptor, and presumptuously have tried myself to out-design my ' dear Flaxman himself, on this most animating occasion. I formed, ' therefore, a device of the Bible upright supporting The Task, with ' a laurel leaf and Palms, such as I send you, neatly copied by our
Страница 142 - Fail not in duty to this hallow' d dust ! And mortals (all, whose cultur'd spirits know Joys that pure faith, and heav'nly verse bestow,) Passing this tomb, its buried inmate bless! And obligation to her powers .confess, Who, when she grac'd this Earth, in Austen's name, Wak'd in a Poet inspiration's flame...
Страница 98 - Of burnish'd gold, in silver trappings hung ; — They, with well-tutor'd step, now, nimbly ran The circle, swift, as when, before his wheel Seated, the potter twirls it with both hands For trial of its speed ; now, crossing quick They pass'd at once into each other's place.
Страница 44 - ... commonly followed, naturally enough, by the rider's being forthwith pitched on his head. He had on this occasion lighted on a flint with more than usual violence, owing his life indeed to the opportune shield of a strong new hat " Living or dying, however," he declares to his doctors, he " must make a public appearance within a few days at the trial of our friend Blake.
Страница 186 - On one of its fly-leaves the ever-ready pen of Hayley has written the subjoined sonnet : TO DOCTOR BEATTIE, IN GRATEFUL ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF HIS VERY INTERESTING PRESENT. " Bard of the North ! I thank thee with my tears For this fond work of thy paternal hand : It bids the buried youth before me stand In nature's softest light, which love endears. Parents like thee, whose grief the world reveres, Faithful to pure affection's proud command, For a lost child have lasting honours plann'd, To give in fame...
Страница 217 - ... to delineate the characteristics of his genius, as that of the writer of it most assuredly is, the less that is offered upon this subject the better ; especially since the public opinion, as to the merits and defects of his various compositions, both in prose and verse, has been so long and so firmly established. It may suffice, therefore, to say, that an easy flow of versification, great sweetness of numbers, and an engaging playfulness of fancy have been generally conceded to the poetry of...
Страница 136 - perfectly pleased with the shape of the lyre introduced by ' the sculptor, and presumptuously have tried myself to out'^design my dear Flaxman himself, on this most animating ' occasion. I formed, therefore, a device of the Bible upright ' supporting The Task, with a laurel leaf and Palms, such as ' I send you, neatly copied by our kind Blake.
Страница 122 - Memoirs of himself and his son, edited, or, at all events, seen through the press, by the amiable clergyman in 1823. ' Our Good Blake,' scribbles the artist's patron, one hot day in August, 1801, ' is actually in labour with a young lion. The new' born cub will probably kiss your hands in a week or two. The ' Lion is his third Ballad,' (none are yet printed) ' and we hope his ' plate to it will surpass its predecessors.
Страница 139 - revived, and he is at this moment by my side, representing, 'on copper, an Adam, of his own, surrounded by animals, as a frontispiece to the projected ballads ' : a frontispiece which appeared in the first number.

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