Collected Works, Volume 6

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Chapman and Hall, 1869

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Page 18 - Being; wandering through infinitude, and summoning before us, in its dim religious light, shapes of brilliancy, solemnity, or terror; a fancy of exuberance literally unexampled; for it pours its treasures with a lavishness which knows no limit, hanging, like the sun, a jewel on every grass-blade, and sowing the earth at large with orient pearl.
Page 8 - But his own works give us some glimpses into his singular and noble nature ; and to our readers a few words on this man, certainly one of the most remarkable of his age, will not seem thrown away. Except by name, Jean Paul Friedrich Richter is little known out of Germany. The only thing connected with him, we think, that has reached this country, is his saying, imported by Madame de Stael, and thankfully pocketed by most newspaper critics ; — ' Providence ' has given to the French the empire of...
Page 276 - Felix obeyed, but soon cried: 'This is not much to my taste; I see nothing up there: does it last long? But yes !' exclaimed he joyfully, 'yonder are a pair of falcons flying from the west to the east ; that is a good sign too 1' — ' As thou takest it, as thou behavest,' said the other : 'Now mingle among them as they mingle.
Page 18 - He has an intellect vehement, rugged, irresistible ; crushing in pieces the hardest problems ; piercing into the most hidden combinations of things, and grasping the most distant: an imagination vague, sombre, splendid, or appalling; brooding over the abysses of Being; wandering through Infinitude, and summoning before us, in its dim religious light, shapes of brilliancy, solemnity, or terror: a fancy of exuberance literally unexampled...
Page 20 - True humour springs not more from the head than from the heart ; it is not contempt, its essence is love ; it issues not in laughter, but in still smiles, which lie far deeper. It is a sort of inverse sublimity ; exalting, as it were, into our affections what is below us, while sublimity draws down into our affections what is above us.
Page 213 - Audacious ; but, that seat soon failing, meets A vast vacuity : all unawares, Fluttering his pennons vain, plumb down he drops Ten thousand' fathom deep, and to this hour Down had been falling, had not by ill chance The strong rebuff of some tumultuous cloud, Instinct with fire and nitre, hurried him As many miles aloft...
Page 399 - So here hath been dawning Another blue Day : Think wilt thou let it Slip useless away. Out of Eternity This new Day is born ; Into Eternity, At night, will return. Behold it aforetime No eye ever did : So soon it forever From all eyes is hid. Here hath been dawning Another blue Day : Think wilt thou let it Slip useless away.
Page 281 - ... kind ; since, among all nations, we discover records of a similar import, and grounded on the same facts. Thus you perceive here, while, in the main field of the picture, Abraham receives a visit from his gods in the form of fair youths, Apollo among the herdsmen of Admetus is painted above on the frieze. From which we may learn, that the gods, when they appear to men, are commonly unrecognized of them.
Page 71 - According to Fichte, there is a ' Divine Idea ' pervading the visible Universe ; which visible Universe is indeed but its symbol and sensible manifestation, having in itself no meaning, or even true existence independent of it. To the mass of men this Divine Idea of the world lies hidden : yet to' discern it, to seize it, and live wholly in it, is the condition of all genuine virtue, knowledge, freedom ; and the end, therefore, of all spiritual effort in every age.
Page 70 - ... snatch him when a suckling from the breast of his mother, and nurse him with the milk of a better time ; that he may ripen to his full stature beneath a distant Grecian sky. And having grown to manhood, let him return, a foreign shape, into his century ; not, however, to delight it by his presence; but dreadful like the son of Agamemnon to purify it.

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