Some account of the life and works of Sir Walter Scott

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Stimpson & Clapp, 1832 - Всего страниц: 106

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Стр. 35 - He either fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small, Who dares not put it to the touch, To gain or lose it all.
Стр. 91 - A TROUBLE, not of clouds, or weeping rain, Nor of the setting sun's pathetic light Engendered, hangs o'er Eildon's triple height : Spirits of Power, assembled there, complain For kindred Power departing from their sight ; While Tweed, best pleased in chanting a blithe strain, Saddens his voice again, and yet again.
Стр. 11 - Familiar acquaintance with the specious miracles of fiction brought with it some degree of satiety, and I began by degrees to seek in histories, memoirs, voyages and travels, and the like, events nearly as wonderful as those which were the work of the imagination, with the additional advantage, that they were, at least, in a great measure true.
Стр. 92 - ... For kindred power departing from their sight ; While Tweed, best pleased in chanting a blithe strain, Saddens his voice again, and yet again. Lift up your hearts, ye mourners ! for the might Of the whole world's good wishes with him goes ; Blessings and prayers in nobler retinue Than sceptred king or laurelled conqueror knows, Follow this wondrous potentate. Be true, Ye winds of ocean, and the midland sea, Wafting your charge to soft Parthenope...
Стр. 77 - If not, do so, and you will see the fault which, I think, attaches to Lord Maxwell — a want of distinct precision and intelligibility about the story, which counteracts, especially with ordinary readers, the effect of beautiful and forcible diction, poetical imagery, and animated description.
Стр. 70 - Of the miscellaneous part of a large audience, many do not understand, and many cannot hear neither narrative or description, but are solely intent upon the action exhibited. It is, I conceive, for this reason, that very bad plays, written by performers themselves, often contrive to get through, and not without applause ; while others immeasurably superior, in point of poetical merit, fail, merely because the author is not sufficiently possessed of the trick of the scene...
Стр. 21 - Then that must be a very auld story, indeed, Margaret," said he. " Ay, it is that ! It is an auld story ! But mair nor that, except George Warton and James Steward, there was never ane o' my sangs prentit till ye prentit them yoursell, an' ye hae spoilt them a'thegither. They war made for singing, an' no for reading ; and they 're nouther right spelled nor right setten down.
Стр. 35 - At last I told her the subject of my meditations ; and I can never forget the anxiety and affection expressed in her reply.
Стр. 66 - ... to stand in the sculptor's galleries, to see him as he went in and out. The bust was at last finished in marble ; the sculptor labored most anxiously, and I never saw him work more successfully : in one long sitting of three hours he chiselled the whole face over, communicating to it the grave humor and comic penetration for which the original was so remarkable. This fine work is now in Abbotsford, with an inscription, saying, it is a present to Sir Walter Scott from Francis Chantrey. — I hope...
Стр. 88 - I was shocked, and appealed to Mr. Heath's honor. He said that he had signed no writing with me ; was in no way legally bound, and that it was his duty to do the best he could for the heirs. Mr. Olmsted was sorry, but could not help me ; the new tenants would not require him to incur any risk, and my matter was at an end.

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