Some portions of essays contributed to the Spectator by mr. Joseph Addison, now first pr. from his MS. note book [ed. by J.D. Campbell.].


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Seite 16 - ... most delightful to the reader's imagination. In a word, he has the modelling of Nature in his own. hands, and may give her what charms he pleases, provided he does not reform her too much, and run into absurdities, by endeavouring to excel.
Seite 42 - How little therefore is the happiness of an ambitious man, who gives every one a dominion over it, who thus subjects himself to the good or ill speeches of others, and puts it in the power of every malicious tongue to throw him into a fit of melancholy...
Seite 5 - ... pleasures of the imagination, and make even the colours and verdure of the landscape appear more agreeable ; for the ideas of both senses recommend each other, and are pleasanter together, than when they enter the mind separately : as the different colours of a picture, when they are well disposed, set off one another, and receive an additional beauty from the advantage of their situation.
Seite 15 - He is not obliged to attend her in the slow advances which she makes from one season to another, or to observe her conduct in the successive production of plants and flowers. He may draw into his description all the beauties of the spring and autumn, and make the whole year contribute something to render it the more agreeable. His rose-trees, woodbines, and jessamines, may flower together, and his beds be covered at the same time with lilies, violets, and amaranths. His soil is not restrained to...
Seite 10 - ... a flow of animal spirits to its proper trace, these spirits, in the violence of their motion, run not only into the trace to which they were more particularly directed, but into several of those that lie about it.
Seite 14 - As we look on any object, our idea of it is, perhaps, made up of two or three simple ideas; but when the poet represents it, he may either give us a more complex idea of it, or only raise in us such ideas as are most apt to affect the imagination.
Seite 29 - Antony, when his foul was all in flao »s for his Mariamne ; but before their meeting, he was not a little alarmed at the report he had heard of his uncle's converfation and familiarity with her in his abfence. This therefore was the firft difcourfe he entertained her with, in which fhe found it no eafy matter to quiet his fufpicions. But at laft he appeared Ib well fatisfied of her innocence, that from reproaches and wranglings he fell to tears and embraces.
Seite 16 - ... of half a mile high, as from one of twenty yards. He has his choice of the winds, and can turn the course of his rivers in all the variety of meanders that are...
Seite 42 - Satisfaction that Fame brings along with it, and fo great the Difquietudes to which it makes us liable. The Defire of it ftirs up very uneafy Motions in the Mind, and is rather enflamed than fatiffied by the prefence of the Thing defired. The Enjoyment of it brings but very little Pleafure, tho...
Seite 8 - D *""* find the Works of Nature ftill more pleafant, the more they refemble thofe of Art: For in this Cafe our Pleafure rifes from a double Principle ; from the Agreeablenefs of the Objects to the Eye, and from their Similitude to other Objects : We are pleafed as well with comparing their Beauties, as with furveying them, and can reprefem them to our Minds, eiiher as Copies or Originals.

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