The Works of Thomas Carlyle: (complete).

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P. F. Collier, 1897

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Página 274 - Are we a piece of machinery, which, like the /Eolian harp, passive, takes the impression of the passing accident ; or do these workings argue something within us above the trodden clod ? I own myself partial to such proofs of those awful and important realities : a God that made all things, man's immaterial and immortal nature, and a world of weal or wo beyond death and the grave.
Página 290 - Farewell, my friends ; farewell, my foes ! My peace with these, my love with those : The bursting tears my heart declare...
Página 177 - 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...
Página 291 - It needs no effort of imagination,' says he, 'to conceive what the sensations of an isolated set of scholars (almost all either clergymen or professors) must have been in the presence of this big-boned, blackbrowed, brawny stranger, with his great flashing eyes, who, having forced his way among them from the plough-tail at a single stride, manifested in the whole strain of his bearing and conversation a most thorough conviction, that in the society of the most eminent men of his nation he was exactly...
Página 285 - And wi' the lave ilk merry morn Could rank my rig and lass, Still shearing, and clearing The tither stocked raw, Wi' claivers, an haivers, Wearing the day awa : Ev'n then a wish, (I mind its power,) A wish that to my latest hour Shall strongly heave my breast; That I for poor auld Scotland's sake, Some usefu' plan, or beuk could make, Or sing a sang at least.
Página 262 - But a true poet, a man in whose heart resides some effluence of wisdom, some tone of the " eternal melodies," is the most precious gift that can be bestowed on a generation. We see in him a freer, purer development of whatever is noblest in ourselves ; his life is a rich lesson to us, and we mourn his death as that of a benefactor who loved and taught us.
Página 292 - I may truly say, Virgilium •vidi tantum. I was a lad of fifteen in 1786-7, when he came first to Edinburgh, but had sense and feeling enough to be much interested in his poetry, and would have given the world to know him : but I had very little acquaintance with any literary people, and still less with the gentry of the west country, the two sets that he most frequented. Mr. Thomas Grierson was at that time a clerk of my 5 father's.
Página 259 - In one word, what and how produced was the effect of society on him ; what and how produced was his effect on society ? He •who should answer these questions, in regard to any individual, would, as we believe, furnish a model of perfection in Biography.
Página 625 - And were this world all Devils o'er And watching to devour us, We lay it not to heart so sore, Not they can overpower us. And let the Prince of 111 Look grim as e'er he will, He harms us not a whit, For why ? His doom is writ, A word shall quickly slay him.
Página 263 - Peasant show himself among us ; ' a soul like an ^Eolian harp, in whose ' strings the vulgar wind, as it passed through them, ' changed itself into articulate melody.' And this was he for whom the world found no fitter business than quarrelling with smugglers and vintners, computing...

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