The Edinburgh Review: Or Critical Journal, Volume 57

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A. Constable, 1833

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Page 113 - And it would be a most easy task to prove to him, that not only the language of a large portion of every good poem, even of the most elevated character, must necessarily, except with reference to the metre, in no respect differ from that of good prose, but likewise that some of the most interesting parts of the best poems will be found to be strictly the language of prose when prose is well written.
Page 506 - Though the State was to derive no advantage from the instruction of the inferior ranks of the people, it would still deserve its attention that they should not be altogether uninstructed. The State, however, derives no inconsiderable advantage from their instruction. The more they are instructed, the less liable they are to the delusions of enthusiasm and superstition, which, among ignorant nations, frequently occasion the most dreadful disorders.
Page 506 - An instructed and intelligent people besides are always more decent and orderly than an ignorant and stupid one. They feel themselves, each individually, more respectable, and more likely to obtain the respect of their lawful superiors, and they are therefore more disposed to respect those superiors. They are more disposed to examine, and more capable of seeing through, the interested complaints of faction and sedition...
Page 143 - The subjects of every state ought to contribute towards the support of the government, as nearly as possible, in proportion to their respective abilities; that is, in proportion to the revenue which they respectively enjoy under the protection of the state.
Page 114 - It may be safely affirmed that there neither is, nor can be, any essential difference between the language of prose and metrical composition.
Page 285 - I could be its duke at cost of these, I would not give them for it. Mark me, duke ! I saw a new-made grave in Mantua And on the headstone read my father's name : To seek me, doubtless, hither he had come — To seek the child that had deserted him — And died here ere he found me. Heaven can tell how far he wandered else ! Upon that grave I knelt an altered man, And, rising thence, I fled from Mantua, nor had returned, But tyrant Hunger drove" me back again To thee — to thee ! — my body to relieve...
Page 228 - Logic), there is no distinction between them ; eg " a Property which belongs to the ox, sheep, deer, goat, and antelope, belongs to all horned animals ; rumination belongs to these ; therefore to all.
Page 283 - Twas now abstraction — now a start — anon A pacing to and fro— anon, a stillness, As nought remain'd of life, save life itself, And feeling, thought, and motion, were extinct! Then all again was action! Disinclined To converse, save he held it with himself; Which oft he did, in moody vein discoursing, And ever and anon invoking Honour, As some high contest there were pending, 'twixt Himself and him, wherein her aid he needed.
Page 506 - A man without the proper use of the intellectual faculties of a man, is, if possible, more contemptible than even a coward, and seems to be mutilated and deformed in a still more essential part of the character of human nature.
Page 525 - In schools for females, the examinations to take place in presence of the parents and masters, without any general invitation.' ' But if the public instructors are bound to a faithful performance of their duties, they have a right, in return, to the gratitude and respect due to the zealous laborer in the sacred work of education. The school is entitled to claim universal countenance and aid, even from those who do not confide to it their children. All public authorities, each in its sphere, are enjoined...

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