A Critical Dissertation with Notes on Milton's Paradise Regained

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Millar, 1748 - 49 pages

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Page 25 - Look once more ere we leave this specular mount Westward, much nearer by south-west, behold Where on the ^Egean shore a city stands Built nobly, pure the air, and light the soil ; Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts And eloquence...
Page 24 - They err, who count it glorious to subdue By conquest far and wide, to overrun Large countries, and in field great battles win, Great cities by assault : what do these worthies, But rob and spoil, burn, slaughter, and enslave Peaceable nations...
Page 23 - Things vulgar, and, well weigh'd, scarce worth the praise ? They praise, and they admire, they know not what, And know not whom, but as one leads the other...
Page 18 - Hesperides, that seem'd Fairer than feign'd of old or fabled since Of faery damsels, met in forest wide By knights of Logres, or of Lyones, Lancelot, or Pelleas, or Pellenore.
Page 27 - Wise men have said, are wearisome ; who reads Incessantly, and to his reading brings not A spirit and judgment equal or superior, (And what he brings what needs he elsewhere seek?) Uncertain and unsettled still remains, Deep versed in books, and shallow in himself, Crude or intoxicate, collecting toys And trifles for choice matters, worth a sponge ; As children gathering pebbles on the shore.
Page 22 - Of nations ; there the capitol thou seest Above the rest lifting his stately head On the Tarpeian rock, her citadel Impregnable, and there Mount Palatine, The...
Page 24 - Mars the other; Till conqueror Death discover them scarce men, Rolling in brutish vices, and deformed, Violent or shameful death their due reward. But if there be in glory aught of good, It may by means far different be attained Without ambition, war, or violence ; By deeds of peace, by wisdom eminent, By patience, temperance : I mention still Him whom thy wrongs with saintly patience borne Made famous in a land and times obscure.
Page 19 - Extol not riches then, the toil of fools, The wise man's cumbrance, if not snare; more apt To slacken virtue, and abate her edge Than prompt her to do aught may merit praise.
Page 28 - Though rooted deep as high, and sturdiest oaks, Bow'd their stiff necks, loaden with stormy blasts, Or torn up sheer.
Page 25 - Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts And eloquence, native to famous wits Or hospitable, in her sweet recess, City or suburban, studious walks and shades. See there the olive grove of Academe, Plato's retirement, where the Attic bird Trills her thick-warbled notes the summer long; There flowery hill Hymettus, with the sound Of bees...

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