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" Thoughts hardly to be packed Into a narrow act, Fancies that broke through language and escaped ; All I could never be, All men ignored in me, This, I was worth to God, whose wheel the pitcher shaped. "
The Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine - Page 301
1881
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Wellesley Magazine, Volume 3

College student newspapers and periodicals - 1894 - 568 pages
...by the lines : — " Not on the vulgar mass, Called 'work,' must sentence pass." But " All instincts immature, All purposes unsure, That weighed not as...swelled the man's amount. Thoughts hardly to be packed I ni i> ;i narrow act Fancies that broke through language and escaped. All I could never be, All men...
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Browning's Beginnings: The Art of Disclosure

Herbert F. Tucker - 271 pages
...though projecting out of, overflowing, and transcending their mediums." See "Rabbi Ben Ezra" (1864): "Thoughts hardly to be packed / Into a narrow act,.../ Fancies that broke through language and escaped" (145-47). Or see, in a less pontifical vein, The Inn Album (1875): "That bard's a Browning; he neglects...
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Rice Institute Pamphlet, Volumes 12-13

1925 - 790 pages
...useless. He goes a step further elsewhere in saying that even our intentions count, as much as our acts: All I could never be,"' All, men ignored in me, This, I was worth to God, whose wheel the pitcher shaped. naively, almost cynically expressed in the lines following those we began to quote...
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The Works of Robert Browning

Robert Browning - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 718 pages
...world's coarse thumb And finger failed to plumb, So passed in making up the main account; All instincts immature, All purposes unsure. That weighed not as his work, yet swelled the man's amount: xxv Thoughts hardly to be packed Into a narrow act, Fancies that broke through language and escaped;...
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Northrop Frye's Student Essays, 1932-1938, Volume 3

Northrop Frye, Professor Robert D Denham - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 592 pages
...lure!” (A Grammarian's Funeral, [lines 79—84, 101—121) Rabbi Ben Ezra voices the same philosophy: Thoughts hardly to be packed Into a narrow act, Fancies...ignored in me, This, I was worth to God, whose wheel the pitcher shaped. 35 Now when we combine Browning's moralized attitude to Christianity with a Christian...
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Social Suffering

Arthur Kleinman, Veena Das, Margaret M. Lock - Philosophy - 1997 - 436 pages
...failed to plumb. . . Thoughts hardly to be packed Into a narrow act, Faces that broke through thoughts and escaped, All I could never be, All, men ignored in me, This I was worth to God, whose wheel the pitcher shaped.36 Four decades after this letter, Ji Xianlin — one of the "youth" who most admired...
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Words on Words: Quotations about Language and Languages

David Crystal, Hilary Crystal - Language Arts & Disciplines - 2000 - 604 pages
...little by little it becomes shapeless, somber. Ugo Betti, 1946, Crime on Goat Island (trans.), I. iv 2:8 Thoughts hardly to be packed / Into a narrow act, / Fancies that broke through language and escaped. Robert Browning, 1864, 'Rabbi Ben Ezra', stanza 25 2:9 Wordiness and intellection - / The more with...
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In a Dark Wood: Journeys of Faith and Doubt

Linda Jones, Sophie Stanes - Religion - 2003 - 240 pages
...all, the world's coarse thumb And finger failed to plumb, So passed in making up the main account; All instinct immature, All purposes unsure, That weighed...ignored in me, This, I was worth to God, whose wheel the pitcher shaped. Ay, note that Potter's wheel, That metaphor! and feel Why time spins fast, why passive...
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Archives of Empire: Volume 2. The Scramble for Africa

Barbara Harlow, Mia Carter - History - 2003 - 852 pages
...joins hands with poetry at this point, and Browning's "Rabbi Ben Ezra" will occur to all: All instincts immature, All purposes unsure That weighed not as his work, yet swelled the man's account. All I could never be, All men ignored in me, This was I worth to God, whose wheel the pitcher...
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A Manual of Ethics

John S. Mackenzie - Philosophy - 2005 - 493 pages
...world's conrse thumb And finger failed to plu;nb, So passed in making up the main account ; All instincts immature, All purposes unsure. That weighed not as his work, yet swelled the awn's amount. Thoughts hardly to be packed Into a narrow act, Fancies that broke through language and...
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