On The Life, Writings, And Genius Of Akenside; With Some Account Of His Friends by Charles BuckeOn The Life, Writings, And Genius Of Akenside; With Some Account Of His Friends by Charles Bucke

On The Life, Writings, And Genius Of Akenside; With Some Account Of His Friends

byCharles Bucke

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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. 1832. Excerpt: ... except the spirit of patriotism in which it was composed. During his residence at Edinburgh, he is, also, supposed to have written his Hymn to Science, and an Ode on the Winter Solstice. The Hymn to Science was not inserted in any collection of his poems till 1793. The cause of this omission I have not been able to discover. The hymn itself is so far from being unworthy the genius of its author, that it is not a praise too unmeasured to assert, that it is even worthy the lyre of Collins. The 12th and 13th stanzas are particularly beautiful. "That last best effort of thy skill, To form the life and rule the will, Propitious Pow'r! impart: Teach me to cool ray passion's fires, Make me the judge of my desires, The master of my heart. Raise me above the vulgar's breath, Pursuit of fortune, fear of death, And all in life that's mean; Still true to reason be my plan, Still let my actions speak the man, Through every various scene." Has Horace or Gray any thing superior to this? The Ode on the Winter Solstice he soon after improved into another ode; both of which are generally printed in succession. There are fine passages in both; but the second is, I think, far superior to the first. The late Miss Seward of Lichfield says, in one of her letters, that she regularly read it every winter. Some have supposed this ode to have been written in Holland; but the following stanza seems to justify those, who believe it to have been written in Scotland. "But lo! on this deserted coast, How faint the light, how chill the air! Lo! arm'd with whirlwind, hail, and frost, Fierce Winter desolates the year, The fields resign their cheerful bloom, No more the breezes breathe perfume; No more the warbling waters roll; Desarts of snow fatigue the eye; Successive tempests bloat the ...

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Title:On The Life, Writings, And Genius Of Akenside; With Some Account Of His FriendsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:70 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217266096

ISBN - 13:9780217266093

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