Memoirs of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society

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Page 59 - The lunatic, the lover and the poet Are of imagination all compact: One sees more devils than vast hell can hold — That is the madman : the lover, all as frantic, Sees Helen's beauty in a brow of Egypt: The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven ; And as imagination bodies forth The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing A local habitation and a name.
Page 19 - Go, from the creatures thy instructions take : Learn from the birds what food the thickets yield; Learn from the beasts the physic of the field; Thy arts of building from the bee receive ; Learn of the mole to plough, the worm to weave; Learn of the little nautilus to sail, Spread the thin oar, and catch the driving gale.
Page 298 - Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits.
Page 388 - tis out of all plumb, my lord, quite an irregular thing — not one of the angles at the four corners was a right angle — I had my rule and compasses, &c., my lord, in my pocket.
Page 296 - He taught us how to live ; and, oh ! too high The price of knowledge ! taught us how to diein which he alludes, as he told Dr.
Page 366 - The common atmofphere may well be fuppofed to be more or lefs healthy in proportion, as it abounds with this animating principle. As this exhales, in copious ftreams, from the green leaves of all kinds of vegetables, even from thofe of the...
Page 124 - With both his hands he labors at the knots; His holy fillets the blue venom blots; His roaring fills the flitting air around. Thus, when an ox receives a glancing wound, He breaks his bands, the fatal altar flies, And with loud bellowings breaks the yielding skies.
Page 169 - Mechanical exercises were the favourite employments of his infant years. At a very early age he made himself acquainted with the use of edged tools so perfectly, that notwithstanding his entire blindness, he was able to make little windmills; and he even constructed a loom with his own hands, which still show the cicatrices of wounds he received in the execution of these juvenile exploits.
Page 292 - It is true, that a little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion; for while the mind of man looketh upon second causes scattered, it may sometimes rest in them, and go no farther; but when it beholdeth the chain of them confederate, and linked together, it must needs fly to providence and Deity...
Page 152 - So often fills his arms ; so often draws His lonely footsteps at the silent hour, To pay the mournful tribute of his tears * Oh ! he will tell thee, that the wealth of worlds Should ne'er seduce his bosom to forego That sacred hour...

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