Essays on the Lives and Writings of Fletcher of Saltoun and the Poet Thomson: Biographical, Critical, and Political. With Some Pieces of Thomson's Never Before Published

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Page 179 - As a writer he is entitled to one praise of the highest kind: his mode of thinking, and of expressing his thoughts, is original. His blank verse is no more the blank verse of Milton, or of any other poet, than the rhymes of Prior are the rhymes of Cowley.
Page 180 - He thinks in a peculiar train, and he thinks always as a man of genius; he looks round on Nature and on Life with the eye which Nature bestows only on a poet; the eye that distinguishes, in...
Page 193 - For ever, Fortune, wilt thou prove An unrelenting foe to Love, And when we meet a mutual heart Come in between, and bid us part ? Bid us sigh on from day to day, And wish and wish the soul away ; Till youth and genial years are flown, And all the life of life...
Page 236 - mid the varied landscape weep. But thou, who own'st that earthy bed, Ah what will every dirge avail ; Or tears, which love and pity shed, That mourn beneath the gliding sail...
Page 199 - ... and if you can conveniently advance to them twelve pounds on my account, it will be a particular favour. That will set them agoing, and I design from time to time to send them goods from hence ; my whole account I will pay you when you come up here, not in poetical paper credit, but in the solid money of this dirty world. I will not draw upon you in case you be not prepared to defend yourself: but if your purse be valiant, please to inquire for Jean or Elizabeth Thomson, at the Rev.
Page 193 - As those we love decay, we die in part, String after string is sever'd from the heart ; Till loosen'd life at last — but breathing clay, Without one pang, is glad to fall away. Unhappy he who latest feels the blow, Whose eyes have wept o'er every friend laid low, Dragg'd lingering on from partial death to death, Till dying, all he can resign is breath.
Page 207 - MADE to engage all hearts, and charm all eyes; Tho' meek, magnanimous ; tho' witty, wife '• Polite, as all her life in courts had been ; Yet good, as fhe the world had never feen ; The -noble fire of an exalted mind, With gentle female tendernefs combin'd.
Page 77 - ... by the advice of English ministers, and the principal offices of the kingdom filled with such men, as the court of England knew would be subservient to their designs : by which means they have had so visible an influence upon our whole administration, that we have from that time appeared to the rest of the world more like a conquered province than a free independent people.
Page 276 - By thee adult'rous luft was driv'n from men Among the beftial herds to range; by thee Founded in reafon, loyal, juft, and pure, 755 Relations dear, and all the charities Of father, fon, and brother firft were known. Far be...
Page 221 - The two fields next to me, from the first of which I have walled — no, no— paled in about as much as my garden consisted of before, so that the walk runs round the hedge, where you may figure me walking any time of the day, and sometimes of the night.

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