De Quincey's Writings, Bind 23

Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1851

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Side 77 - ... guile seduced, no force could violate; And, when she took unto herself a Mate, She must espouse the everlasting Sea. And what if she had seen those glories fade, Those titles vanish, and that strength decay; Yet shall some tribute of regret be paid When her long life hath reached its final day: Men are we, and must grieve when even the Shade Of that which once was great, is passed away.
Side 24 - Meroe Nilotic isle, and more to west, The realm of Bocchus to the Blackmoor sea ; From the Asian kings and Parthian among these, From India, and the golden Chersonese, And utmost Indian isle, Taprobane, Dusk faces with white silken turbans wreathed ; From Gallia, Gades, and the British west ; Germans, and Scythians, and Sarmatians, north Beyond Danubius to the Tauric pool.
Side 143 - She was a Phantom of delight When first she gleamed upon my sight; A lovely Apparition, sent To be a moment's ornament; Her eyes as stars of Twilight fair; Like Twilight's, too, her dusky hair; But all things else about her drawn From May-time and the cheerful Dawn; A dancing Shape, an Image gay, To haunt, to startle, and waylay.
Side 288 - He who loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how shall he love God whom he hath not seen ? You, Mr.
Side 95 - war, which still desolates that island, he lost " every thing, even to his wife, and his only child, " a daughter : they were taken on their passage to " France, and sent away to Jamaica. His eyes " would fill when he told the family that he had " not seen these dear relatives for six years past, " nor even had tidings of them for the last three
Side 267 - My eye had been couched into a secondary power of vision, by misery by solitude, by sympathy with life in all its modes, by experience too early won, and by the sense of danger critically escaped. Suppose the case of a man suspended by some colossal arm over an unfathomcd abyss — suspended, but finally and slowly withdrawn — it is probable that he would not smile for years. That was my case...
Side 280 - This fancy, often patronized by other writers, and even acted upon, resembles that restraint which some metrical writers have imposed upon themselves — of writing a long copy of verses from which some particular letter, or from each line of which some different letter, should be carefully excluded.
Side 59 - ... while the overruling music attempers the mind to the spectacle, the subject (as a German would say) to the object, the beholder to the vision. And, although this is known to be but one phasis of life — of life culminating and in ascent, — yet the other, and repulsive phasis is concealed upon the hidden or averted side of the golden arras, known but not felt: or is seen but dimly in the rear, crowding into indistinct proportions.
Side 39 - London ; the continual opening of transient glimpses into other vistas equally far stretching, going off at right angles to the one which you are traversing ; and the murky atmosphere which, settling upon the remoter end of every long avenue, wraps its termination in gloom and uncertainty, — all these are circumstances aiding that sense of vastness and illimitable proportions which forever brood over the aspect of London in its interior.
Side 55 - Talent is intellectual power of every kind, which acts and manifests itself by and through the will and the active forces. Genius, as the verbal origin implies, is that much rarer species of intellectual power which is derived from the genial nature — from the spirit of suffering and enjoying — from the spirit of pleasure and pain, as organised more or less perfectly ; and this is independent of the will. It is a function of the passive nature.

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