Aids to English Composition, Prepared for Students of All Grades: Embracing Specimens and Examples of School and College Exercises and Most of the Higher Departments of English Composition, Both in Prose and Verse
Harper & brothers, 1851 - 429 pages
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Allowable rhymes appear applied attention beauty become called cause cents character clear close common composition considered consists derived DIRECTION effect employed English Example exercise expression father feelings figure frequently give given Greek hand happiness head heart honor hope human idea imagination important influence interest kind language Latin learning letter light literary literature living look manner marks means mind moral nature never nouns object observed opinion participles Perfect rhymes persons phrases pleasure poet poetry present principles produce proper reason regard relation remark requires respect rule sense sentence short simple sometimes sound speak spirit student style syllable taken thing thought tion truth verbs verse virtue whole words writer written young
Page 102 - For who, to dumb forgetfulness a prey, This pleasing, anxious being e'er resigned, Left the warm precincts of the cheerful day, Nor cast one longing, lingering look behind...
Page 292 - THE EPITAPH Here rests his head upon the lap of earth A youth to fortune and to fame unknown: Fair science frowned not on his humble birth, And melancholy marked him for her own.
Page 291 - Forbade to wade through slaughter to a throne, And shut the gates of mercy on mankind ; The struggling pangs of conscious truth to hide, To quench the blushes of ingenuous shame, Or heap the shrine of Luxury and Pride With incense kindled at the Muse's flame.
Page 103 - The sound must seem an echo to the sense : Soft is the strain when Zephyr gently blows, And the smooth stream in smoother numbers flows ; But when loud surges lash the sounding shore, The hoarse, rough verse should like the torrent roar : When Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to throw, The line too labours, and the words move slow ; Not so, when swift Camilla scours the plain, Flies o'er th' unbending corn, and skims along the main.
Page 399 - tis strange : And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths : Win -us with honest trifles, to betray us In deepest consequence.
Page 400 - If all the year were playing holidays, To sport would be as tedious as to work...
Page 144 - Avaunt ! and quit my sight ! Let the earth hide thee ! Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold ; Thou hast no speculation in those eyes Which thou dost glare with ! Lady M.
Page 291 - Hampden, that, with dauntless breast, The little tyrant of his fields withstood, Some mute inglorious Milton here may rest, Some Cromwell, guiltless of his country's blood. The applause of listening senates to command, The threats of pain and ruin to despise, To scatter plenty o'er a smiling land, And read their history in a nation's eyes...