Read online or download a free book: Lord Lytton's Miscellaneous Works Volume 7
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By: Baron Edward Bulwer Lytton Lytton (Author)
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 Excerpt: ... of Auburn!--Child! what then? A child inspired, and worth a world of men. Scorn, if ye will, that wish the eye to gain: Childhood, too loving, ever yet was vain. Disdain that gall-less, yet resentful sigh, When the world pass'd its gentlest minstrel by. If that was envy, envy ne'er before So much the look-i wrong'd affection wore: And ne'er did bee such golden honey bring To ruder hands--yet, writhing, leave no sting. Immortal conclave, Learning, Genius, Wit, And all by stars that moved in concord lit--Who could believe ye lived, and wrote, and thought For that same age the schools of Diderot taught? That Gospel truths spoke loud from Johnson's chair, While the world's altars reel'd beneath Voltaire? That Rousseau polish'd for the maids of Gaul The virtuous page design'd to vitiate all, While Goldsmith's Vicar tells his harmless tale, Smiles at the hearthstone, and converts the jail. From that pure fount in England's Academe, By fane and forum in expanding stream, Went Burke's elaborate genius, strong and free, As are all rivers that enlarge the sea, But swerving slant with light-retaining waves, Where rills rush on, and dribble into caves. From first (judged right) consistent to the close, Could Johnson's friend abet the Saviour's foes?--Could Thought's high-priest the Halle's wild rabble cheer, Or speed the cause that spawn'd a Robespierre? No, true to Freedom when usurpers came To blind her eyes, and govern in her name, He wrote this truth, a guide to every time--'They sentence freedom who unfetter crime.' I grant that Burke not always rightly view'd The earthquake heave of that wrong multitude:--Too much amidst the present ills to see Causes long laid--results ordain'd to be: But poets colour all that they regard, And among statesmen Burke st...
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