A System of Intellectual Philosophy

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Saxton & Miles, 1845 - 330 páginas

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Página 179 - A poem is that species of composition which is opposed to works of science, by proposing for its immediate object pleasure, not truth; and from all other species (having this object in common with it) it is discriminated by proposing to itself such delight from the whole as is compatible with a distinct gratification from each component part.
Página 217 - Whence has it all the MATERIALS of reason and knowledge? To this I answer, in one word, from EXPERIENCE. In that all our knowledge is founded; and from that it ultimately derives itself. Our observation employed either, about external sensible objects, or about the internal operations of our minds perceived and reflected on by ourselves, is that which supplies our understandings with all the MATERIALS of thinking. These two are the fountains of knowledge, from whence all the ideas we have, or can...
Página 139 - His very word of grace is strong As that which built the skies ; The voice that rolls the stars along Speaks all the promises.
Página 126 - Listening, a gentle shock of mild surprise Has carried far into his heart the voice Of mountain torrents ; or the visible scene Would enter unawares into his mind With all its solemn imagery, its rocks, Its woods, and that uncertain heaven, received Into the bosom of the steady lake.
Página 100 - On the proud crest of Satan, that no sight, Nor motion of swift thought, less could his shield, Such ruin intercept : ten paces huge He back recoil'd ; the tenth on bended knee His massy spear upstay'd ; as if, on earth, Winds under ground, or waters forcing way, Sidelong, had push'da mountain from his seat, Half sunk with all his pines.
Página 134 - Between the acting of a dreadful thing And the first motion, all the interim is Like a phantasma, or a hideous dream : The genius, and the mortal instruments, Are then in council; and the state of man, Like to a little kingdom, suffers then The nature of an insurrection.
Página 125 - Uplifted, he, as through an instrument, Blew mimic hootings to the silent owls, That they might answer him ; and they would shout Across the watery vale, and shout again, Responsive to his call, with quivering peals, And long halloos, and screams, and echoes loud Redoubled and redoubled ; concourse wild Of mirth and jocund din...
Página 129 - By policy and long process' of time, In emulation opposite to Heaven. Which when Beelzebub perceived — than whom, Satan except, none higher sat — with grave Aspect he rose, and in his rising seemed A pillar of state. Deep on his front engraven Deliberation sat, and public care ; And princely counsel in his face yet shon, Majestic, though in ruin.
Página 129 - Their dread commander ; he, above the rest In shape and gesture proudly eminent, Stood like a tower ; his form had yet not lost All her original brightness, nor appeared Less than archangel ruined, and the excess Of glory obscured...
Página 300 - To be no more. Sad cure! for who would lose, Though full of pain, this intellectual being, Those thoughts that wander through eternity, To perish rather, swallowed up and lost In the wide womb of uncreated Night, Devoid of sense and motion?

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