Essays by Divers Hands: Being the Transactions of the Royal Society of Literature, Band 4


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Seite 3 - HERACLITUS THEY told me, Heraclitus, they told me you were dead ; They brought me bitter news to hear and bitter tears to shed. I wept as I remembered, how often you and I Had tired the sun with talking and sent him down the sky.
Seite 51 - May the great God, whom I worship, grant to my country, and for the benefit of Europe in general, a great and glorious victory, and may no misconduct in any one tarnish it; and may humanity after victory be the predominant feature in the British fleet! For myself individually, I commit my life to Him that made me; and may His blessing alight on my endeavours for serving my country faithfully!
Seite vii - Unwearied voices, wordless strains : My mind with fonder welcome owns One dear dead friend's remembered tones. Forsooth the present we must give To that which cannot pass away ; All beauteous things for which we live By laws of time and space decay. But oh, the very reason why I clasp them, is because they die.
Seite 43 - Of which the number of soldiers, the fearful burthen of their ships, the commanders' names of every squadron, with all others, their magazines of provision were put in print, as an army and navy irresistible and disdaining prevention : with all which their great and terrible ostentation, they did not in all their sailing round about England so much as sink or take one ship, bark, pinnace, or cockboat of ours, or even burn so much as one sheep-cote on this land.
Seite 113 - Egypt's might is tumbled down Down a-down the deeps of thought ; Greece is fallen and Troy town, Glorious Rome hath lost her crown, Venice' pride is nought. But the dreams their children dreamed Fleeting, unsubstantial, vain, Shadowy as the shadows seemed, Airy nothing, as they deemed, These remain.
Seite 98 - She blusht at the motion ; yet, after a pause Said, " Yes, sir, and with all my heart : " " Then let us send for a priest," said Robin Hood, " And be married before we do part.
Seite 114 - Sings a glee Sung to Adam and to Eve — Here they be. When floods covered every bough Noah's ark Heard that ballad singing now; Hark, hark, Tootle tootle tootle tee. Can it be Pride and fame must shadows be? Come and see — Every season owns her own; Bird and bee Sing creation's music on; Nature's glee Is in every mood and tone Eternity.
Seite 46 - Here die I, Richard Grenville, with a joyful and quiet mind, for that I have ended my life as a true soldier ought to do that hath fought for his country, queen, religion, and honour. Whereby my soul most joyfully departeth out of this body, and shall always leave behind it an everlasting fame of a valiant and true soldier that hath done his duty as he was bound to do...
Seite 43 - Who seeks the way to win renown Or flies with wings to high desire, Who seeks to wear the laurel crown, Or hath the mind that would aspire— Let him his native soil eschew, Let him go range and seek a new. 1 This spirit was incarnate in Sir Richard Grenville, the hero of that titanic fight of the
Seite 46 - But the others of my company have done as traitors and dogs, for which they shall be reproached all their lives and leave a shameful name for ever.

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