Winterslow; Essays And Characters Written There, By W. Hazlitt, Collected By His Son. Essays And…

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byWilliam Hazlitt

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1850. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... ESSAY XVII. A FAREWELL TO ESSAY-WRITING. "This life is best, if quiet life is best." Food, warmth, sleep, and a book; these are all I at present ask--the ultima Thule of my wandering desires. Do you not then wish for "A friend in your retreat, Whom you may whisper, solitude is sweet?" Expected, well enough:--gone, still better. Such attractions are strengthened by distance. Nor a mistress ?" Beautiful mask I I know thee!" When I can judge of the heart from the face, of the thoughts from the lips, I may again trust myself. Instead of these, give me the robin red-breast, pecking the crumbs at the door, or warbling on the leafless spray, the same glancing form that has followed me wherever I have been, and "done its spiriting gently;" or the rich notes of the thrush that startle the ear of winter, and seem to have drank up the full draught of joy from the very sense of contrast. To these I adhere, and am faithful, for they are true to me; and, dear in themselves, are dearer for the sake of what is departed, leading me back (by the hand) to that dreaming world, in the innocence of which they sat and made sweet music, waking the promise of future years, and answered by the eager throbbings of my own breast. But now "the credulous hope of mutual minds is o'er," and I turn back from the world that has deceived me, to nature that lent it a false beauty, and that keeps up the illusion of the past. As I quaff my libations of tea in a morning, I love to watch the clouds sailing from the west, and fancy that "the spring comes slowly up this way." In this hope, while "fields are dank and ways are mire," I follow the same direction to a neighbouring wood, where, having gained the dry, level greensward, I can see my way for a mile before me, closed in on each side by copse-woo...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1850. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... ESSAY XVII. A FAREWELL TO ESSAY-WRITING. "This life is best, if quiet life is best." Food, warmth, sleep, and a book; these are all I...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:78 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:January 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217658105

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