Dryden's Fable of The Hind and the Panther Considered with Regard to the Ecclesiastical Policy of James the Second

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Rademann, 1876 - Всего страниц: 29
 

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Стр. 14 - My thoughtless youth was wing'd with vain desires ; My manhood long misled by wand'ring fires, Follow'd false lights ; and when their glimpse was gone, My pride struck out new sparkles of her own. Such was I, such by nature still I am ; Be thine the glory and be mine the shame. Good life be now my task : my doubts are done ; What more could shock my faith than Three in One ? " In drawing Dryden's character, Johnson has given, though I suppose unintentionally, some touches of his own.
Стр. 11 - With that to' assert spiritual royalty. ' One in herself, not rent by schism, but sound, Entire, one solid shining diamond; Not sparkles, shatter'd into sects, like you; One is the church, and must be, to be true: One central principle of unity, As undivided, so from errors free, As one in faith, so one in sanctity. Thus she, and none but she, the...
Стр. 25 - Curb'd of their native malice to destroy. Of all the tyrannies on human kind, The worst is that which persecutes the mind. Let us but weigh at what offence we strike; 'Tis but because we cannot think alike. In punishing of this, we overthrow The laws of nations and of nature too. Beasts are the subjects of tyrannic sway, Where still the stronger on the weaker prey. Man only of a softer mould is made, Not for his fellows' ruin, but their aid: Created kind, beneficent, and free, The noble image of...
Стр. 15 - For her own rebels to reform again. As long as words a different sense will bear, And each may be his own interpreter, Our airy faith will no foundation find: The word's a weathercock for every wind: The Bear, the Fox, the Wolf, by turns prevail; The most in power supplies the present gale.
Стр. 14 - Follow'd false lights; and, when their glimpse was gone, My pride struck out new sparkles of her own. Such was I, such by nature still I am; Be thine the glory, and be mine the shame. Good life be now my task: my doubts are done (What more could fright my faith, than three in one?) Can I believe eternal God could lie Disguis'd in mortal mold and infancy?
Стр. 8 - How can I praise or blame, and not offend, Or how divide the frailty from the friend? Her faults and virtues lie so mix'd that she Nor wholly stands condemn'd, nor wholly free.
Стр. 26 - And much they griev'd to see so nigh their hall The bird that warn'd St. Peter of his fall ; That he should raise his mitred crest on high, And clap his wings, and call his family To sacred rites, and vex the' ethereal powers, With midnight matins at uncivil hours...
Стр. 19 - Panther, sure the noblest next the Hind, And fairest creature of the spotted kind; Oh, could her in-born stains be wash'd away, She were too good to be a beast of prey!
Стр. 27 - Voracious birds, that hotly bill and breed, And largely drink, because on salt they feed. Small gain from them their bounteous owner draws, Yet, bound by promise, he supports their cause, As corporations privileged by laws. That house which harbour to their kind affords, Was built, long since, God knows, for better birds ; But fluttering there, they nestle near the throne...
Стр. 21 - As if the experiment were made to hold For base production, and reject the gold. Thus men ungodded may to places rise, And sects may be preferr'd without disguise: No danger to the Church or State from these; The Papist only has his writ of ease. No gainful office gives him the pretence...

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