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the coming terror and other essays and letters

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: ON DESCENDING INTO HELL : A Protest Against Over-legislation In Matters Literary. ' Tell me, where is the place that men call Hell ? Meph.—Under the heavens. Faust.—Ay, so are all things else; but whereabouts 1 Meph.—Within the bowels of these Elements Where we are tortured and remain for ever. Hell has no limits, nor is circumscribed In one self place : but where we are is Hell; And where Hell is, there must we ever be And, to be short, when all the world dissolves, And every creature shall be purified, All places shall be Hell that are not Heaven. Faust.—I think Hell is a fable. Meph.—Ah ! think so still, till experience change thy mind.' Marlowe's Faustus. ON DESCENDING INTO HELL. To the Right Hon. Henry Matthews, Home Secretary. Right Hon. Sir, You are, I understand, a Roman Catholic; I am a Catholic plus an eclectic. I have the highest respect for the creed in which you believe, since it is perhaps the most logically constructed of all human creeds ; but while I admire the logic I do not admit all the premises, and cannot consequently follow you to all its conclusions. Is it too much to hope, however, that even Roman Catholicism has shared the fate of other beliefs, and been shorn of many of its imperfections ? Its history represents it as at once the friend of literature, and literature's mortal enemy ; it has preserved for us much that is precious, together with many husks of uncleanliness which might have been more wisely destroyed, and it has formulated the Index, before which, from generation to generation, Free Thought has trembled. It washed the sin-stained robes of St. A.ugustine with one hand, and it burned Giordano Bruno with the other. All that is over, and justnow, in the eighty-ninth year of this centur...

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a look round literature

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. Excerpt from book: Section 3A NOTE ON LUCRETIUS. " Instead of God, the whirlwind reigns " ('Am textit{zjvos 6 Airor j3a ri/vei)) says Aristophanes, in the " Clouds;" to which may be added, in the words of a sadder and sublimer thinker, " Wo keine Cotter sind, walten Gespenster." * According to the philosophers who plume themselves on having annihilated the Deity, Matter is come again, but in the very midst of Matter strut our modern " spectres " of the scientific lecture- room—the Atoms. What a " whirlwind " ! We hold our breath and stop our ears; we shut our Bibles, if we have any, and prepare our instruments ; we look this way and that through a great darkness, and watch the fluent Tyndall declaiming, the otiose Huxley intoning, the silent Spencer musing finger to forehead and smiling knowingly at the Unknowable. There is darkness, and a great explosion of gases. The wise ones are imperfectly agreed among themselves. Peripatetic and epicurean dispute on points of detail, as they did long ago. Theologians rush in where laymen fear to tread, and call incontinently on the Unconditioned. Amid the clamour of names and * Novalis. things, amid the whirlwind which already threatens to blow the roofs off all our churches and carry away one-half of our libraries, one word we hear distinctly pronounced with reverence again and again, one name we hear, almost forgotten by all save students, until eager scientific dreamers recalled it in order to give its owner his apotheosis—one name of a dead poet—Lucretius, the singer and expounder of the Cosmic " Nature of Things." Just as Democritus has dethroned Plato, Lucretius is dethroning—whom shall we say, when our choice of pagan theogonists is so limited ?—well, ^Eschylus. We have discovered that the real poet after our own hearts is not one who can sing to us in noble numbers of superhu...

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ballad stories of the affections from the scandinavian

This volume is produced from digital images created through the University of Michigan University Library's preservation reformatting program. The Library seeks to preserve the intellectual content of items in a manner that facilitates and promotes a variety of uses. The digital reformatting process results in an electronic version of the text that can both be accessed online and used to create new print copies. This book and thousands of others can be found in the digital collections of the University of Michigan Library. The University Library also understands and values the utility of print, and makes reprints available through its Scholarly Publishing Office.

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selected poems of robert buchanan

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: THE BALLAD OF JUDAS ISCARIOT. Twas the body of Judas Iscariot Lay in the Field of Blood; 'Twas the soul of Judas Iscariot Beside the body stood. Black was the earth by night, And black was the sky; Black, black were the broken clouds, Tho' the red Moon went by. 'Twas the body of Judas Iscariot Strangled and dead lay there; 'Twas the soul of Judas Iscariot Look'd on it in despair. The breath of the World came and went Like a sick man's in rest; Drop by drop on the World's eyes The dews fell cool and blest. Then the soul of Judas Iscariot Did make a gentle moan— " I will bury underneath the ground My flesh and blood and bone. " I will bury deep beneath the soil, Lest mortals look thereon, And when the wolf and raven come The body will be gone ! " The stones of the field are sharp as steel, And hard and cold, God wot; And I must bear my body hence Until I find a spot!" 'Twas the soul of Judas Iscariot, So grim, and gaunt, and gray, Raised the body of Judas Iscariot, And carried it away. And as he bare it from the field Its touch was cold as ice, And the ivory teeth within the jaw Rattled aloud, like dice. As the soul of Judas Iscariot Carried its load with pain, The Eye of Heaven, like a lanthorn's eye, Open'd and shut again. Half he walk'd, and half he seem'd Lifted on the cold wind; He did not turn, for chilly hands Were pushing from behind. The first place that he came unto It was the open wold, And underneath were prickly whins, And a wind that blew so cold. The next place that he came unto It was a stagnant pool, And when he threw the body in It floated light as wool. He drew the body on his back, And it was dripping chill, And the next place he came unt...

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north coast and other poems

This volume is produced from digital images created through the University of Michigan University Library's preservation reformatting program. The Library seeks to preserve the intellectual content of items in a manner that facilitates and promotes a variety of uses. The digital reformatting process results in an electronic version of the text that can both be accessed online and used to create new print copies. This book and thousands of others can be found in the digital collections of the University of Michigan Library. The University Library also understands and values the utility of print, and makes reprints available through its Scholarly Publishing Office.

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david gray and other essays chiefly on poetry

This volume is produced from digital images created through the University of Michigan University Library's preservation reformatting program. The Library seeks to preserve the intellectual content of items in a manner that facilitates and promotes a variety of uses. The digital reformatting process results in an electronic version of the text that can both be accessed online and used to create new print copies. This book and thousands of others can be found in the digital collections of the University of Michigan Library. The University Library also understands and values the utility of print, and makes reprints available through its Scholarly Publishing Office.

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saint abe and his seven wives a tale of salt lake city

Originally published in 1896. This volume from the Cornell University Library's print collections was scanned on an APT BookScan and converted to JPG 2000 format by Kirtas Technologies. All titles scanned cover to cover and pages may include marks notations and other marginalia present in the original volume.

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the ballad of mary the mother a christmas carol

Originally published in 1897. This volume from the Cornell University Library's print collections was scanned on an APT BookScan and converted to JPG 2000 format by Kirtas Technologies. All titles scanned cover to cover and pages may include marks notations and other marginalia present in the original volume.

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rachel dene a tale of the deepdale mills

Originally published in 1895. This volume from the Cornell University Library's print collections was scanned on an APT BookScan and converted to JPG 2000 format by Kirtas Technologies. All titles scanned cover to cover and pages may include marks notations and other marginalia present in the original volume.

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idyls and legends of inverburn

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