The Beauties of the Late Rev. Dr. Isaac Watts

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W. Storer, jun. printer, 1821 - English literature - 196 pages

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Page xi - Few men have left behind such purity of character, or such monuments of laborious piety. He has provided instruction for all ages; from those who are lisping their first lessons, to the enlightened readers of Malebranche and Locke; he has left neither corporeal nor spiritual nature unexamined; he has taught the art of reasoning, and the science of the stars.
Page 165 - Hail, wedded love, mysterious law, true source Of human offspring, sole propriety In Paradise, of all things common else. By thee adulterous lust was driven from men Among the bestial herds to range : by thee Founded in reason, loyal, just, and pure, Relations dear, and all the charities . Of father, son, and brother, first were known.
Page xi - His character, therefore, must be formed from the multiplicity and diversity of his attainments rather than from any single performance : for it would not be safe to claim for him the highest rank in any single denomination of literary dignity ; yet perhaps there was nothing in which he would not have excelled, if he had not divided his powers to different pursuits.
Page 172 - THE DAY OF JUDGMENT. AN ODE. Attempted in the English Sapphic. WHEN the fierce north wind with his airy forces Rears up the Baltic to a foaming fury; And the red lightning, with a storm of hail comes, , Rushing amain down.
Page 167 - How vain their curses, if the eternal King Look through the clouds and bless me with his eyes ! Creatures, with all their boasted sway, Are but his slaves and must obey ; They wait their orders from above, And execute his word, the vengeance, or the love.
Page 172 - How the poor sailors stand amaz'd, and tremble ! While the hoarse thunder, like a bloody trumpet. Roars a loud onset to the gaping waters Quick to devour them. Such shall the noise be, and the wild disorder, (If things eternal may be like these earthly) Such the dire terror when...
Page 165 - Here love his golden shafts employs, here lights His constant lamp, and waves his purple wings, Reigns here and revels ; not in the bought smile Of harlots, loveless, joyless, unendeared, Casual fruition ; nor in court amours, Mixed dance, or wanton mask, or midnight ball, Or serenade, which the starved lover sings To his proud fair, best quitted with disdain...
Page 60 - Books of importance of any kind, and especially complete treatises on any subject, should be first read in a more general and cursory manner, to learn a little what the treatise promises, and what you may expect from the writer's manner and skill. And for this end, I would advise always that the preface be read, and a survey taken of the table of contents, if there be one, before the first survey of the book.
Page 28 - Death to a good man is but passing through a dark entry, out of one little dusky room of his Father's house, into another that is fair and large, lightsome and glorious, and divinely entertaining.
Page 55 - Conversation calls out into light what has been lodged in all the recesses and secret chambers of the soul : by occasional hints and incidents it brings old useful notions into remembrance ; it unfolds and displays the hidden treasures of knowledge with which reading observation, and study, had before furnished the mind.

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