Studies in Poetry and Philosophy

Paperback | February 3, 2012

byJohn Campbell Shairp

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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. 1886. Excerpt: ... with the later feeling, must be admitted. But for this defect, this limitation of insight, who is he that has a right to blame him?--only that man who having felt as broadly and profoundly the infinite life I allude to, has reconciled it with higher religious truth, and taught men so to do. But where is such reconciliation to be found? only here and there in some verses of the Psalms, or in the Prophecies of Isaiah; or still more in brief passages of the Gospels do these two sides of truth seem to meet in harmony. In Wordsworth's treatment of human nature the same question meets us in another form. In ' The Prelude,' and other poems of the first epoch, it cannot be denied that the self-restorative power of the soul seems to be asserted, and the sufficingness of nature to console the wounded spirit is implied in a way which Wordsworth, if distinctly questioned, would, perhaps at any time, certainly in his later years, have disavowed. That he was himself conscious of this defect may be gathered from the change he made in the reflections with which the story of Margaret, in' The Excursion,' closes. This story was written among the last years of last century, at Pacedown or Alfoxden. Through all the early editions of his poems it stood thus--'The old man, noting this, resumed, and said, "My friend! enough to sorrow you have given, The purposes of wisdom ask no more; Be wise and cheerful, and no longer read The forms of things with an unworthy eye."1 In the one-volume edition of his works, which appeared in 1845, we for the first time read the following addition, inserted after the third line of the above:--'Nor more would she have craved as due to One Who, in her worst distress, had ofttimes felt The unbounded might of prayer; and learned with soul Fixed on t...

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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. 1886. Excerpt: ... with the later feeling, must be admitted. But for this defect, this limitation of insight, who is he that has a right to blame...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:104 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217878229

ISBN - 13:9780217878227

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