Prometheus Bound: A Tragedy

W. Pickering, 1832 - 74 páginas

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Página 57 - Are brought ; and feel by turns the bitter change Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce, From beds of raging fire to starve in ice...
Página 63 - With moulded limbs more lovely than its own, The human form, till marble grew divine, And mothers, gazing, drank the love men see Reflected in their race, behold, and perish. He told the hidden power of herbs and springs, And Disease drank and slept.
Página 63 - He gave man speech, and speech created thought, Which is the measure of the universe...
Página 68 - Gan thunder, and both ends of heaven ; the clouds, From many a horrid rift, abortive pour'd Fierce rain with lightning mix'd, water with fire In ruin reconciled : nor slept the winds Within their stony caves, but rush'd abroad From the four hinges of the world, and fell On the vex'd wilderness, whose tallest pines, Though rooted deep as high, and sturdiest oaks, Bow'd their stiff necks, loaden with stormy blasts, Or torn up sheer.
Página vii - ... consists in nothing but the attempt to give perfection to the human race. It is thus an image of human nature itself; endowed with a miserable foresight and bound down to a narrow existence, without an ally and with nothing' to oppose to the combined and inexorable powers of nature, but an unshaken will, and the consciousness of elevated claims.
Página 62 - Much less that durst upon his own head draw The deadly forfeiture, and ransom set.
Página vii - Prometheus is the representation of constancy under sufiering, and that the never-ending suffering of a god. Exiled to a naked rock on the shore of the encircling ocean, this drama still embraces the world, the Olympus of the gods, and the earth of mortals, all scarcely yet reposing in a secure state above the dread abyss of the dark Titanian powers.
Página 68 - Gan thunder, and both ends of heaven; the clouds From many a horrid rift abortive poured Fierce rain with lightning mixed, water with fire...
Página vii - The idea of a self-devoting divinity has been mysteriously inculcated in many religions, as a confused foreboding of the true ; here however it appears in a most alarming contrast with the consolations of revelation. For Prometheus does not suffer on an understanding with the power by whom the world is governed...
Página 64 - The warm winds, and the azure aether shone, And the blue sea and shadowy hills were seen. Such, the alleviations of his state, Prometheus gave to man, for which he hangs Withering in destined pain...

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