Men, Women, and Books: A Selection of Sketches, Essays, and Critical Memoirs, from His Uncollected Prose Writings, Volume 1
Smith, Elder and Company, 1847
V. 1. Fiction and matter of fact. Inside of an omnibus. Day of the disasters of Carlington Blundell. Visit to the zoological gardens. A man introduced to his ancestors. Novel party. Beds and bedrooms. World of books. Jack Abbott's breakfast. On seeing a pigeon make love. Month of May. The Giuli tre. Few remarks on the cure vice called lying. Criticism on female beauty. Of deceased statesmen who have written verses. Female sovereigns of England -- v. 2. Social morality. Pope. Garth, physicians, and love-letters. Cowley and Thomson. Bookstalls and "Galateo". Bookbinding and "Heliodorus". Ververt, or, The parrot of the nuns. Specimens of British poetesses. Duchess of St. Albans, and marriages from the state. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. Life and African visit of Pepys. Life and letters of Madame de Sévigné.
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Page 187 - Lo! the poor Indian, whose untutor'd mind Sees God in clouds, or hears him in the wind; His soul proud science never taught to stray Far as the solar walk, or milky way...
Page 301 - I said to my heart, between sleeping and waking, ' Thou wild thing that always art leaping or aching, What black, brown, or fair, in what clime, in what nation, By turns has not taught thee a pit-a-pat-ation...
Page 298 - And like the three-fork'd lightning first Breaking the clouds where it was nurst, Did thorough his own side His fiery way divide: For 'tis all one to courage high, The emulous, or enemy; And with such, to enclose Is more than to oppose ; Then burning through the air he went And palaces and temples rent; And Caesar's head at last Did through his laurels blast.
Page 128 - And ever-drizling raine upon the loft, Mixt with a murmuring winde, much like the sowne Of swarming bees, did cast him in a swowne : No other noyse, nor peoples troublous cryes, As still are wont t' annoy the walled towne, Might there be heard: but carelesse Quiet lyes, Wrapt in eternall silence farre from enimyes.
Page 24 - THE PASTOR OF DRONFELLS. IV. THE LABOURER AND HIS WIFE. V. THE COUNTRY TOWN. VI. LIVE AND LET LIVE ; OR, THE MANCHESTER WEAVERS. VII. THE SOLDIER. VIII. THE LEASIDE FARM.
Page 231 - Such forces met not, nor so wide a camp, When Agrican, with all his northern powers, Besieged Albracca, as romances tell, The city...
Page 128 - And more to lulle him in his slumber soft, A trickling streame from high rock tumbling downe, And ever-drizling raine upon the loft, Mixt with a murmuring winde, much like the sowne Of swarming Bees, did cast him in a swowne. No other noyse, nor peoples troublous cryes, As still are wont t...
Page 270 - Her daintie paps ; which, like young fruit in May, Now little gan to swell, and being tide Through her thin weed their places only signifide.