Letters ... written between the years 1784 and 1807 [ed. by A. Constable].

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Страница 161 - For neither man nor angel can discern Hypocrisy, the only evil that walks Invisible, except to God alone, By his permissive will, through Heaven and earth : And oft, though wisdom wake, suspicion sleeps At wisdom's gate, and to simplicity Resigns her charge, while goodness thinks no ill Where no ill seems...
Страница 76 - Kilda's* shore ; whose lonely race Resign the setting sun to Indian worlds, The royal eagle draws his vigorous young, Strong-pounc'd, and ardent with paternal fire ^ Now fit to raise a kingdom of their own, He drives them from his fort, the towering seat, For ages, of his empire ; which, in peace, Unstain'd he holds, while many a league to sea He wings his course, and preys in distant isles.
Страница 76 - And once rejoicing, never know them more. High from the summit of a craggy cliff Hung o'er the deep, such as amazing frowns On utmost Kilda's * shore, whose lonely race Resign the setting sun to Indian worlds, The royal eagle draws his vigorous young, Strong pounced, and ardent with paternal fire.
Страница 87 - Tis pleasant, through the loopholes of retreat, To peep at such a world ; to see the stir Of the great Babel, and not feel the crowd ; To hear the roar she sends through all her gates At a safe distance, where the dying sound Falls a soft murmur on the uninjured ear.
Страница 18 - I have lived long enough : my May of life Is fallen into the sear, the yellow leaf...
Страница 87 - Wrapt close in conscious peace. The fall of kings, The rage of nations, and the crush of states, Move not the man who, from the world escap'd, In still retreats, and flowery solitudes, To Nature's voice attends...
Страница 177 - It is incident to him to be now and then entangled with an unwieldy sentiment, which he cannot well express and will not reject; he struggles with it a while, and if it continues stubborn, comprises it in words such as occur and leaves it to be disentangled and evolved by those who have more leisure to bestow upon it.
Страница 153 - The quality of mercy is not strain'd ; It droppeth, as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath : it is twice bless'd ; It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes : 'Tis mightiest in the mightiest ; it becomes The throned monarch better than his crown...
Страница 134 - W. for the interest he took in his destiny; but, observing that, even under conviction of General Arnold's inattention to his safety, he could not suggest to General Clinton any thing which might influence him to save his less important life by such an exchange.
Страница 201 - twas on no earthly shore My soul beheld thy vision ! Where alone, Voiceless and stern, before the cloudy throne...

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