The Complaint; Or Night Thoughts, On Life, Death, And Immortality

Paperback | January 8, 2012

byEdward Young

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1880. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Night is fair virtue's immemorial friend; The conscious moon, through- every distant age Has held a lamp to wisdom, and let fall On contemplation's eye, her purging ray. The fam'd Athenian, he who woo'd from heaven Philosophy the fair, to dwell with men, And form their manners, not inflame their pride, While o'er his head, as fearful to molest His lab'ring mind, the stars in silence slide, And seem all gazing on their future guest, See him soliciting his ardent suit, In private audience: all the live-long night, Rigid in thought, and motionless, he stands; Nor quits his theme, or posture, till the sun (Rude drunkard rising rosy from the main !) Disturbs his nobler intellectual beam, And gives him to the tumult of the world. Hail, precious moments! stol'n from the black waste Of murder'd time! auspicious midnight! hail! The world excluded, ev'ry passion hushed, And open'd a calm intercourse with heav'n, Here the soul sits in council; ponders past, Predestines future action; sees, not feels, Tumultuous life; and reasons with the storm; All her lies answers, and thinks down her charms. What awful joy! what mental liberty! I am not pent in darkness; rather say (If not too bold) in darkness I'm embower'd, Delightful gloom! the clust'ring thoughts around Spontaneous rise, and blossom in the shade; But droop by day, and sicken in the sun. Thought borrows light elsewhere; from that First Fire, Fountain of animation! whence descends Urania, my celestial guest! who deigns Nightly to visit me, so mean; and now Conscious, how needful discipline to man, From pleasing dalliance with the charms of night My wand'ring thought recalls, to what excites Far other beat of heart; Narcissa's tomb! Or is it feeble nature calls me back, And breaks my spirit into grief again? Is...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1880. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Night is fair virtue's immemorial friend; The conscious moon, through- every distant age Has held a lamp to wisdom, and let ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:100 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.21 inPublished:January 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217623476

ISBN - 13:9780217623476

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