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Page 199 - A shout that tore Hell's concave, and beyond Frighted the reign of Chaos and old Night.
Page 125 - ... as created beings ; and that, in the other, Adam and Eve are confounded with their sons and daughters. Such little...
Page 194 - Moses in those books from whence our author drew his subject, and to the Holy Spirit who is therein represented as operating after a particular manner in the first production of nature.
Page 132 - And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth...
Page 201 - In short, if we look into the conduct of Homer, Virgil, and Milton, as the great fable is the soul of each poem, so to give their works an agreeable variety, their episodes are so many short fables, and their similes so many short episodes ; to which you may add, if you please, that their metaphors are so many short similes.
Page 104 - I may also add, of that which he described, than to any imperfection in that divine poet.
Page 250 - Providence with respect to man. He has represented all the abstruse doctrines of predestination, freewill and grace, as also the great points of incarnation and redemption, (which naturally grow up in a poem that treats of the fall of man) with great energy of expression, and in a clearer and stronger light than I ever met with in any other writer.
Page 197 - The catalogue of evil spirits has abundance of learning in it, and a very agreeable turn of poetry, which rises in a great measure from its describing the places where they were worshipped, by those beautiful marks of rivers, so frequent among the ancient poets. The author had doubtless in this place Homer's catalogue of ships, and Virgil's list of warriors, in his view. The characters of Moloch and Belial...
Page 198 - Lucian relates concerning this river, viz. that this stream, at certain seasons of the year, especially about the feast of Adonis, is of a bloody colour ; •which the heathens looked upon as proceeding from a kind of sympathy in the river for the death of Adonis, who was killed by a wild boar in the mountains out of which this stream rises.