Observations On The Writings And On The Character Of Mr. Gray; Originally Subjoined To The Second…

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byThomas James Mathias

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1815 Excerpt: ...the situation chosen, about the year 1764, by the first Lord Holland, for his mansion, and the artificial ruins erected on the cliffs contiguous to it. As he seldom vented his powers in strains of a higher mood, with all the enthusiasm,. and (it must be added) with some of the invention of a poet, and with the magick wildness of a painter, it is desirable to preserve the following animated descriptive stanzas, all political and personal reflections being set aside and forgotten:." On this congenial spot he fixed his choice; Earl Goodwin trembled for his neighbouring sand: Here sea-mews scream and cormorants rejoice, The mariner, though shipwrecked, fears to land. Here reign the blustering North and blighting. East; No tree is heard to whisper, bird to sing: Yet Nature cannot furnish out the feast, Art he invokes new horrours still to bring. Now mouldering fanes and battlements arise, Arches and turrets nodding to their fall; Unpeopled palaces delude his eyes, And mimick desolation covers all." Several years ago, the present editor, with this poem by Mr. Gray full in his memory, visited Lord Holland's seat at Kingsgate, in the Isle of Thanet, but with other views and with other thoughts. He looked abroad from the cliffs and eminences, and, 'without the chilling damp of political retrospect on his spirits, he felt himself alive to all the local beauties and scenery of the spot, enlightened by a summer sun and refreshed with airs from the ocean. From the ideas, which were then present to his mind, he afterwards composed a Latin ode; and he hopes that the judgment of some friends, who requested its insertion in this place, will sanction the liberty which he takes in presenting it to the reader. The variety and the extent of Mr. Gray's reading often (a...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1815 Excerpt: ...the situation chosen, about the year 1764, by the first Lord Holland, for his mansion, and the artificial ruins erected on the c...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:30 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:May 17, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217521479

ISBN - 13:9780217521475

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